Thursday 12th March
We’ve had another action packed day here at Marchant’s Hill! After filling up on a champion’s breakfast, we started our day with the dizzying heights of Power Fan and Aeroball (trampoline basketball). Following a lunch fit for a king, we again spread out and conquered the challenging, yet rewarding, trapeze, scaled the climbing wall, zeroed our focus in on the rifle range and held our nerve on the low ropes course.
Waiting for our activities to begin…
Is is a bird? Is it a plane? Yes! It’s a bird!
The big drop!
Do you trust me?
A race to the top to decide who is to become the next Spiderman!
Phew! Back to solid ground!
Tomorrow’s our last day and although we’re sad to go, we’re looking forward to one more adventure, one more memory before being reunited with the ones we love.
Wednesday 11th March
Another wonderful day, although it did look a bit grey in the morning it had cleared up in time for our activities to begin. Today, children tackled an obstacle course, raced up a vertical wall (even Mr C made it to the top), felt their way around the sensory trail, had a ride on the biggest swing ever (please, please Mrs Hayward can we get one!), zipped down a wire from the top of a swaying tree and had a go at rifle shooting.
Now I know how fish feel!
Perfecting her ‘royal ‘ wave.
No really, PLEASE can we get one!
Left a bit, up a bit.
Standing on the edge of the Devils Punch bowl we all had a go at shouting “Sir John Lillie” at the top of our voices and hearing the echo back! And apparently the white house we could see in the distance belongs to the Beckhams…..maybe it was them shouting back at us?
Tonight we are getting dressed up in our dark ‘sneaking around the forest’ clothes for a game of ambush! Yet another opportunity to get the torches out, yeah!
Tuesday 10th March
Yet another very busy day at Marchants hill. After a fortifying breakfast the groups set off for their first full day of activities which included abseiling, low ropes, sensory walk and archery in the morning.
This is an unusual way to play follow the leader…..
One small step for man….
Careful now….don’t drop the hat!
Power rangers are go!
After lunch we set out for the lake prepared to do battle in the raft building challenge. All teams carefully planned how they would construct their raft.
Planning our rafts
Go team “Unbeatable”, this is a winning plan!
But aren’t these rather small, how will we all fit on it?
We then got into our safety gear and built them together……
Dressed and ready……
Useful things to do with a piece of rope!
Finally we launched our creations, and they actually floated….well mostly! Team “Unbeatable” unfortunately modelled theirs on the Titanic and although they avoided any icebergs in the lake were soon all taking a very cold dip in the water. Mrs Thompson was pulling them back on as quick as they fell off…but all made it to shore safely and were revived by hot showers afterwards.
Off we go.
I’m sure they said this lake was heated!
For our evening activity it was time for a game of Robot wars and then off to bed. I think there will be a few children falling asleep rather faster than last night!
Monday 9th March
After a great trip down we arrived at the Devils Punch bowl for lunch and could not believe how COLD it was! As it was threatening to rain we quickly ate our lunch and scurried back to the warmth of the coach for the quick 5 minute drive to PGL.
After unloading the coach we went to the sports hall to play a few games, create our room names, find out our activities and get into our activity groups. But of course we made sure there was time for our first team photo!
After settling into our rooms we all went on a tour of the grounds with our PGL group leader, Sally. Dinner was at 5:40pm, and by then all were ready for their first meal. The first evening entailed a night walk adventure around the grounds where we finally got to use our torches, yeah! Ready for bed, and even though the thrill of their first night at PGL will no doubt keep some children awake buzzing with excitement, there are a few children already looking very sleepy! Check in tomorrow for updates on our first day of activities.