Broadstone Warren Blog
After an emotional farewell to our loved ones the children sang and chattered all the way to east Sussex. There were gasps as we passed sheep and camping shops! The mood was full of excitement and anticipation. We arrived promptly at 11am and year 6 jumped of the coach with great enthusiasm to be at the legendary Broadstone Warren! After a hearty lunch, tennis, badminton and skipping , the children set off on their first activity; some were archers and other potholers. By the time they arrived back at camp, they were extremely muddy and all in need of a dip in the swimming pool.
After swimming we settled in to the cabins and tents and I am pleased to say that now we have arrived and the children have got a better idea of the accommodation and setting, many more children have decided to camp out in the woods! This shows that the children are seizing all the opportunities that this residential camp has to offer them. Some of the tents had insects! This was no problem for Tia who manhandled a spider out of the tent – this impressed us all.
We had delicious jacket potatoes with cheese and beans and salad, followed by ice cream and fruit. This group of children are no strangers to fruit, they have eaten an astounding 10 kilos of oranges and 5 kilos of apples already! Again I am impressed.
Next we had a gladiator duel and the children fought each other and Mr Somerville on a huge soft play style platform with pugil sticks – we found that in this fun activity, some of the quieter characters really shone as they catapulted their peers off the podiums.
We then built a camp fire, drinking hot chocolate as we watched the embers drift into the night and waited for our night walk. All 26 of us walked through the forest listening to the owls and star gazing to try and work out our compass location ( we need to work on this!
As you can imagine the children didn’t need much encouragement to go to bed. They were all asleep in 5 minutes and no one awoke until 7am!
My time at camp (BROADSTONE WARREN) has been amazing ‘so far.’ I am sleeping in a tent outside with my friends Mariam and Lauren. It is very nice to see the beauty of nature. There are so many activities here to do. Mrs Roberts cooking is DELICIOUS! For breakfast I had coco pops (obviously, who doesn’t like coco pops! ), for lunch I had a cheese roll and fruit and for dinner we had jacket potatoes and ICE-CREAM! I am really enjoying it here because you never get bored, there is always something to do. I am having a fun experience here at camp and I would come here again. I got to go on the Leap of Faith. The Leap of Faith is a long pole which is very high and wobbly. You have to climb it and stand on a small, square wooden block and jump off to get the bar (sounds easy but NO!) I was with my group the ‘Wolves’:Mariam, Lauren, Mya, James, Oscar, Abdifitah and Abu-Bakr. No one managed to catch the bar BUT I did. Zahrah
I was in a cabin and then changed my mind to have an opportunity to camp outside in the middle of the woods. I could hear my friends chattering in the tent beside us – it was funny to hear them.
I think camp is very inspiring, as you learn a lot about survival. It is a whole lot of fun and you can make more friends and see your friends do different things that you never knew they had the resilience to do. Abu Baker
Camp is fun and a good way to get away from technology. I really enjoyed the swimming in the big pool and I am looking forward to the sumo wrestling tonight! Tia
Today camp was fun we had three activities and I may not scared of heights any more which is weird because I thought I couldn’t do it. Swimming is great fun too and we played cannon balls. Akari
Camp is very adventurous, the activities are brilliant and it is great to have a whole hour to swim with just our friends. The atmosphere is easy and relaxed. Elijah