Well it is hard to believe that it is all coming to an end. It may have been repeated multiple times throughout the blog this week but the children have been absolutely incredible. Whether it was encouraging and supporting each other or just having their own clothes organised, it has all been truly remarkable.
Today it was group one's turn to venture into the caves. There was some real apprehension from the children but it was staggering how quickly their fear evaporated and the biggest problem came when they were told that it was time to leave.
Group two had their turn at canoeing and they ventured down the river Wye. The children picked up the skills very quickly and even had a little time at the end to jump into the river.
Group three tried their hand climbing and gorge walking. The proved themselves very capable at both and really loved it all.
The evening was finished off with some time on the ropes coarse and packing. Never before have the staff seen a group of children who were actually able to identify so many of their clothes and managed to get them into their cases. It must be pointed out that the staff can not be held responsible for the quality of the packing however.
All the children who have attended this week have really worked hard to make this some thing special for everyone. Despite the fact that everyone has had an incredible time, we are all very much looking forward to returning home and seeing our families and friends.
Now let's just hope that the children continue to demonstrate how incredible they are by giving the staff the greatest gift they could imagine - sleeping on the coach tomorrow!
At the end of yesterday's blog, the dreaded 'Wednesday dip' was mentioned. Once again, this particular group of children has bucked the trend and not let their exhaustion dampen their enthusiasm. All the children have listened well, worked exceptionally together and are continuing to enjoy themselves. Today was also a day that was filled with a few surprises including celebrating a birthday and - believe it or not - getting to watch some fire juggling!
Group one and three both had an action packed day of BMXing, learning some forest skills and archery. By the end of the session, all the children in both groups were capable bicycle riders (and virtually everyone made it onto the BMX track). In terms of forest skills, the children designed and built their own shelters; had the opportunity to make some campfire popcorn and learned how use a flint to start a fire. Archery was also another popular activity and the group one competition came down to Mr. Moran and another child; astonishingly Mr. Moran was beaten by a whisker in the final.
Today was group two's turn to go caving. Much like it was for group three, their was some apprehension going in but that was quickly replaced by excitement. Everybody communicated well, took turns leading and embraced all the challenges. The biggest disappointment for the children came when they were told that they had to leave the cave and head back to centre. Many of the them did use that opportunity to have a quick nap and recharge their batteries however.
After another lovely dinner, the children were invited to see some fire juggling. This was an impromptu and wonderfully unique experience. Everyone was completely astounded and thoroughly enjoyed the surprise.
It is sad to think that we only have one more day left but all the children are determined to make the best of every possible moment!
It was mentioned yesterday how incredible the children were and they have only continued to impress all Trewern and Godwin staff. This particular group has consistently demonstrated all the Godwin values (thoughtfulness, responsibility, determination, working together, resilience, respect and understanding). No body is turning away from a challenge and the teamwork is fantastic! We are also beginning to get some tired faces this evening and nobody is letting that dampen their enthusiasm for all the adventures ahead.
Today was group one's turn to try some gorge walking. They trekked through the Dulas Brook which actually forms part of the boarder between England and Wales. The children were so excited to have one foot in England and one in Wales! That excellent was quickly replaced by the opportunity to try some natural waterslides and well they just loved an opportunity to get wet.
The afternoon brought with it some lunch at the centre to take in the amazing scenery before demonstrating some excellent communication skills scaling the indoor climbing walls.
Group two were also on-site taking part in three different activities. A vote was taken to begin with forest skills where some of the most well thought out and unique shelters were made (it certainly seemed to help that there are several children who attend Scouts). They also learned how to start a camp fire and even had the opportunity to make some campfire popcorn - yummy!
When they finished with forest skills, they all had the chance to become the next Hawkeye trying their hand at archery. There are several children in this group who have a real talent for the bullseye.
The afternoon activities finished up with this group BMXing. Although there are several children who had never ridden a bicycle before, everybody demonstrated an incredible level of resilience and everyone continued to progress.
Rounding out the daytime activities, it was group three's turn to try canoeing down the River Usk. Much like group one did yesterday, this group excelled with their listening skills and managed to learn a variety of different strokes; they even managed to separate up into individual canoes instead of rafts. They rounded out their afternoon leaping into the river and further proving that this particular group of children are real 'water babies'.
The evening has brought us another fantastic dinner - enjoyed by all - before some problem solving games. Everyone is very excited for tomorrow's activities and all the staff are hoping that we can avoid the dreaded 'Wednesday dip'.
Well day one is almost in the books and so far the children have been incredible. The effort, enthusiasm and improved listening skills are really coming through for each and every child. We certainly had some eager beavers this morning as not a single child had to be awoken by a member of staff however looking at some tired faces this evening, that is unlikely to be the case tomorrow.
Group one had the opportunity to canoe down the River Usk through Brecon; the teamwork and communications skills were quite astounding. The group's lead instructor was amazed at how many different canoeing strokes he was able to teach the children in only a few hours on the water. We did have an adventurer or two who managed to find their way into the river but that was clearly because they couldn't resist. A little 'dip' in the river was fine as they returned to the centre to tackle the legendary Trewern muddy puddle -which seems to have grown in size considerably.
Group two began their day with some indoor climbing where again the patience and communication skills were something special. the children supported and encouraged each other allowing them to conquer their fears and achieve. The afternoon brought with it an opportunity for some gorge walking (not George walking as many were calling it).
The final group really battled some early fears and took on the challenge of caving. Each child returned to the centre raving about how much they loved it and how much fun they had. It is so fantastic as the other two groups yet to go, now can't wait. We had many children who were somewhat apprehensive about the caving but the infectious positivity of group three has really helped.
For the evening activity, all the children are trying their hand at some orienteering. This will require teamwork and communication skills again. I wonder which group will find all their markers first and come out on top???
We have arrived all safe and sound. All the children seemed fascinated with the centre and are desperate to begin partaking in some activities tomorrow.
We managed to arrive at just about seven this evening. After exploring the local area, enjoying some homemade pizza and unpacking, it was just about time for bed. Here’s hoping everyone sleeps well tonight and they are all bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to tackle some new adventures tomorrow.
Key things to remember for Trewern
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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