OME were more nervous than others as they had never been on a residential trip before, but they were soon to find out that there was nothing to be worried about.
After everyone had arrived and we had said goodbye to our parents we calmly left the main hall and walked to our coaches.
The ride to Oxfordshire was long and tiring but we sang some nursery rhymes and kept our spirits high! When we saw the sign for Bushcraft a massive cheer rang through all the coaches.
Once we got to camp our leaders: Anna, Ali, Matt, Jo, Hannah, as well as Scott our camp cook, went through the basic rules.
We learnt about fire and how to start one. We lit our fires using a flint and stone as well as Vaseline (it is made out of petrol) and cotton wool.
My tribe was called ‘Tootsie Wub Wubs’. Some of the others were: Smoothies, Ravvi B Street Crew and Fire Apes.
After that we had another snack and then went to build some shelters which we could sleep in. Thursday 18
We learnt about cutting tools and everyone got to make a wooden tent peg out of a stick and using a knife.
We got some mud and mixed ash with water on slapped on some camouflage. We learnt about concealment and played some games like observation line and predator.
We dressed into our swimming costume so that we were ready to jump in the lake on site.
The lifeguard threw a ball and you had to jump into the freezing cold lake to get!
While the pizza ovens were heating up we learnt about Wilderness safety. The lesson included: bandaging cuts, supporting a broken arm and what to do if you find someone unconscious. Friday 19
We looked at animal traps and as they were illegal we had to dismantle them straight away.
Overall Bushcraft was so much fun! I found it really helped to make friends and become closer together not just as a form group but as a family. I really enjoyed all the activities and they taught me some lessons for life! I would love to go back there and I hope future years get to go as well.