Our last full day of activities at Benmore has been really eventful and a very exciting way to round off our adventures…
Unfortunately it was a rainy, wet day but that did not manage to dampen our spirits. We enjoyed another fantastic range of activities – Shore Scrambling, Gorge Walking, Biking, Orienteering, Caving and Forest Walks. Due to the amount of snow melting and the rain today it was very wet in the gorge and the waterfalls were very full but that all added to the experience. The groups at the shore enjoyed some hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows toasted with a blow torch before heading up to search for pearls – some people are thinking of a new career as they were very good at spotting them in the tiny cracks between the rocks.
After the activities we all had to match up our waterproof trousers and jackets (not an easy job in the sea of them in the drying room) and then it was time to scrub them down in the sinks before they were put away (yet more evidence that we can use a scrubbing brush and are not far off being able to use that washing machine mums and dads!) Tonight it was the very exciting prospect of the last night disco, an opportunity to wear something other than our waterproofs, wellies and several fleecy jumpers. Some people chose to challenge each other in the games room playing table football, pool, table tennis and Connect 4. We came together for the last part of the disco and enjoyed mixing with our new friends from Yester Primary, raising the roof to a rousing rendition of The Proclaimers 500 Miles.
Tomorrow morning we will need to get all of our wet and soggy clothes back into our bags and get our chores done before we get back on the bus to head home. We have missed home this week but have had an amazing time here at Benmore and will all be coming home with a real sense of achievement and feeling that we have challenged ourselves to do something that we never thought we would be able to. We are looking forward to sharing all of our stories, showing you some of our bruises and getting our photos developed.
Night night, see you all tomorrow 🙂
“I was impressed at how the children were willing to push themselves out of their comfort zone in order to achieve new things” Euan – Benmore Instructor
“Enjoyable shore scramble but sadly no luck finding pearls” Mr Thomas
“Outstanding day in a wild, fast flowing gorge where all the children achieved way beyond their expectations” Mr McCann
“The disco was fab!” Kieran