GEMS Yr 4 Sherpa 2015

GEMS Yr 4 Sherpa 2015

With a whole day worth of exploring to be done the group had to first navigate a bus and train journey to Dorking.

Learning how to travel in public places is an essential skill, kind manners and respect for others was demonstrated really well by the group.

Learning how to travel in public places is an essential skill, kind manners and respect for others was demonstrated really well by the group.

From there we hiked in through fields of flowers and then into forests covered in bluebells.

Hiking through lovely natural broadleaf woodland surrounded by fresh green leaves and basking in sunshine. Some of the group decided to fashion some walking sticks.

Hiking through lovely natural broadleaf woodland surrounded by fresh green leaves and basking in sunshine. Some of the group decided to fashion some walking sticks.

Dinner was cooked over fires and consisted of an optional mix of steamed vegetables and chicken. The instructors were impressed with the lovely looking meals for which the kids had selected their ingredients and made themselves.

Having independence and ownership, especially in the kitchen is something we teach on our trips.

Having independence and ownership, especially in the kitchen is something we teach on our trips.

We then embarked on a little night walk through the neighbouring woods and tried our hand at stargazing. It was a pretty cloudy night so no stars. We discussed the day over a warm cup of cocoa and marshmallows round the campfire after.

Turning a tarp (form of shelter) into an emergency stretcher was a fun way to get some teamwork going.

Turning a tarp (form of shelter) into an emergency stretcher was a fun way to get some teamwork going.

The instructors were impressed by how resilient the group was during the whole day and into the night and with pretty much everyone camping out, some for the first time the group should have lots to be proud of.

Nothing like a bacon roll in the mornings!

Nothing like a bacon roll in the mornings!

Morning broke into our camp with an almost deafening dawn chorus. Some remarks from the group could be heard mentioning how loud the music was, until it was realised it was in fact a forest full of birds waking up and filling the still morning air with song.

Dandelions seed heads make excellent hiking entertainment.

Dandelions seed heads make excellent hiking entertainment.

Breakfast of bacon, which was cooked over the fire and with that eggs, cereal, porridge and fruit. Plenty of food to fuel our days walking.

Walking along in sunshine and fresh air.

Walking along in sunshine and fresh air.

We took in in a local viewpoint overlooking some lovely scenic English countryside on the way back along with some games along the way.

Whole group gathered together just before we sadly got back on the train to head home. "When can we do this again?!" was a question we heard frequently.

Whole group gathered together just before we sadly got back on the train to head home. “When can we do this again?!” was a question we heard frequently.

-Sunny


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