After a long weekend away in Suffolk, it was lovely to be back at the Scout Hut this morning to see lots of smiling happy faces ready to head out on today’s adventure.
We set off for Ulverscroft at around 9.30am and headed for the Shuttleworth Clarke Foundation. On arrival we were greeted by two of the staff there who explained to us all what the day would entail.
To begin with we walked into the woods to start our first activity – shelter building. The children were split into two groups and were give some basic instruction on how to construct their shelter, with the warning that once complete, they would have to actually take shelter from a rain storm (actually it was a spray gun). The children worked together furiously and very quickly had built their shelter and were congratulated on some of the best shelter building the staff had ever seen and everybody stayed dry.
After that we were given rubber gloves and a wheelbarrow full of mud and the children set to work creating mud faces. Some of the children chose the top of tree stumps as their mud canvas, while others created their faces on the side of trees. The children created a brilliant range of faces, some scary and some quite cute.
Next up it was time to build our camp-fires and the children were told to head off into the woods and collect dry sticks and leaves to make the base for the fire. Once collected, the fire was lit and the children all went off in their groups on a trail to fine different foods for the fire. Luckily they managed to fine bread, marshmallows, bananas and some handy skewers.
By now it was time for lunch so we all headed for the marquee on green where tables and chairs lay ready for our food. Once they’d eaten, there was time for a quick ride on a golf buggy before heading back to the fire to toast our foraged food. The marshmallows went down a treat.
Then it was just time for a few games of ladders on the green before getting back on the minibus and heading back to the Scout Hut.
Thanks to Heather for volunteering today and David for driving the minibus.
Tomorrow it’s rehearsals in the morning and the Great Central Railway in the afternoon. Looking forward to that! See you then.