Porthpean Camp September 2019
After arriving the year 6 campers enjoyed settling themselves into their tents, making sure there were no toads under the boards and they had sufficient mattresses. They had their lunch before starting their activities for the afternoon which was tackling 'The Beast', a wall that increasingly became higher with each new plank. The children showed great teamwork and a number completed the whole wall. Indoor climbing followed where the children showed great determination in tackling some difficult routes.
All slept pretty well on the first night with the exception of one tent who thought 4.00 in the morning was a good time to start the day! Their excuse was that no one had a watch!
Tuesday was beach day and the campers had great fun coasteering, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding.
On Wednesday all were looking forward to trying out the new caving system. It took a lot of stamina to squirm through the tunnels. At times you didn't even have enough room to rest on your elbows - you just had to wriggle. It was especially hard clambering up slopes where there wasn't much to hold on to. Whilst one group caved the other took part in archery. The children enjoyed competing against each other to see who could score the most points or burst the most balloons. In the afternoon was high ropes in the glorious sunshine. Teachers were astounded as to how well the group challenged themselves on the 'Leap of Faith' and 'Wobbly Walkway'. The children showed great courage especially when climbing the 'Wobbly Pole', holding hands at the top and leaning backwards!
If that wasn't enough to cram into one day, they still had enough energy to the meet and learn about the creatures in 'Marks Ark'.
Thursday was spent in the warm sunshine of Fowey paddling in teams on the river in canoes and playing a variety of games. Each group also got to try their hand at sailing. Unfortunately the dolphins didn't make an appearance this year but they did see lots of seals. In the evening the campers enjoyed a night hike to Charlestown to see the tall ships and learn about this historic Cornish harbour.
On the final day the children enjoyed a scenic bike ride through the countryside to Pentuan. I'm sure the children won't forget the incredibly steep downhill section through the woods or the 1 in 5 extreme hill climb back to the campsite!
What an amazing week! It was a privilege to witness how much the children grew in confidence over the week and to better understand how they meet challenges. The experience will certainly help them to overcome those obstacles that they will face in this final year of primary school.