Today was a very cold day so putting in work when paddling our canoes made us warmer. We practised new skills in controlling the canoes on the canal. It wasn't easy. After a few games, we canoed along the canal to find a spot to eat the lunches that we made for ourselves. Some of us then used a canoe as a slide to take a dip in the canal.
After returning to the centre, we took on one last challenge...to swing across the muddle puddle. Most of us managed to swing across the width of the puddle but no one managed to get across the full length.
'It was cold but fun.' - Lucas
We begun our journey to the cave by walking down a steep slope that some of us had been very nervous about. Once inside we threw ourselves into every challenge. Every member of our group managed to make their way through all the little twists and turns successfully. Even after a couple of people slipped when wading through the water, they kept resilient and forged ahead like a true champion. It was very rewarding inside and well worth the energy spent on navigating through the cave.
'It was dark, wet, but fun.' - Riley G.
In the evening, after our meal (where some of us tried peas for the first time and enjoyed them!) we learnt some orienteering skills. We discovered how to read a map of the grounds successfully and ran about in pairs with a torch looking for the electronic markers in the dark. The grounds are huge so they were not always the easiest to find.
In the end Sara and Riley M. won as they just managed to beat Rylie R. and Keeley by thirty seconds.
Once that activity was over we played Hunt The Teachers. Mr. Parker and Ms Hill ran off into the darkness to hide somewhere within the grounds. Every so often they would ring a bell to give a clue as to where they were hiding. It was difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the bell. Once we found them we had to hide with them and keep quiet until everyone joined them. Lucas was the first person to find them hiding behind a bush. The game lasted a long time; even though there were 18 people squatting down behind a bush waiting for the last few hunters to find them.