Porthpean Camp 2019

19th July 2019

Everyone had a brilliant time at Porthpean Camp and we want to thank all the camp instructors/staff for making our time there so enjoyable.
On the Wednesday, as we arrived, we were introduced to our village of pods. They were amazing, as you can see from the photographs. After sorting ourselves out and getting to know the camp, we all walked down the steep path to the beach. This is where we had our picnic lunch. The children were given the time to do a spot of rock pooling too. Then after our march back to camp, we were to take part in our first afternoon of activities. The children were split into two groups. While one group was doing archery the other was caving, then they swapped activities. The caving was really challenging for all; having to crawl through very tight spaces, climb and drop down steep tunnels while in the dark,  and some had to really dig deep to be able to join in. The instructors were really supportive and made sure all achieved their best.
That evening we were introduced to the animals from Mark's Ark. He brought along an eagle owl, bird catching spider, a snake and a vulture. He was very informative and allowed the children to touch or stroke the creatures afterwards.
The Thursday was spent in wet suits and doing water activities. The weather was perfect as it was warm but not too sunny. The children were able to choose from kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding or coasteering in the morning, and again in the afternoon. The instructors ensured they all participated to their best and made the whole day such a great adventure. The children enjoyed so much. 
The evening was spent walking over to Charlestown, led by Mrs Wood. It was a super way to end the day.
Friday started wet. Then continued wet on and off throughout the morning. But it didn't put a dampener on the high rope activities. For some, overcoming the fear of heights was troublesome, but everyone had a go. They climbed the ladder to do the 'leap of faith', went on the zipwire, climbed as a team up Jacob's Ladder and raced to the top on the high ropes. 
By the time we were ready to come home we were all tired, yet we knew that we had all been challenged, had  overcome fears and tried new experiences.