After breakfast of cereal/ porridge/ fruit and scrambled egg/ bacon/ toast, it was the first dorm inspection of the week. Very good scores today, but room for improvement! We then met our instructor to find out what we were doing for the day.
Group 6 started with orienteering today-the perfect chance to explore the grounds! Whilst we found using a map tricky to begin with, we soon picked it up and had some record times for finding all the map points!
After lunch we went mountain biking. It was fantastic fun racing through all the puddles on ‘puddle lane’. We then had the opportunity to stop by the river for a stone skipping competition. The toughest challenge of all was the slow motion cycling competition- the last person to cross the line wins! Some great balancing and perseverance across the group!
This morning Group 7 started in the beautiful gorge. Everyone worked together, although there were challenges and the cold to work through. Some loved the water slides and dunking their head under the water!
In the afternoon they went orienteering. Each competed against each other using maps and their navigational skills. The final challenge was to work together and demonstrate their map skills getting the group through the forest and back to Benmore.
Group 8 had a forest morning in the morning. Everyone took it in turns to lead the group scrambling up the forest hill. Some parts took careful navigating! Everyone had a great time sliding down the tunnels and we enjoyed some hot chocolate to warm us up.
This afternoon we tackled the gorge. Even though a few people were nervous about this as they didn’t know what to expect everyone gave it a great go! We encountered lots of challenges along the way, including the balance beam and along the rock wall without getting our feet wet. I was very proud and impressed as everyone in the group tried the keyhole, which is the biggest challenge of the gorge. We continued to make our way through the gorge getting wet along the way!
After tea and cake everyone had a bit of free time. Dinner was spaghetti bolognese followed by apple crumble. We went to the tuck shop for the first time and also wrote in our diaries about our camp experience so far. Our evening activity was a quiz. We were in groups with pupils from Bonaly finding information from all over the centre. Everyone settled well for a good nights sleep!