Holbeck Hill, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3BW
We set off from School not a bit put off by the grey day or the bus leaking oil. Managing our luggage from the bus to the dorms was a challenge in 66mph winds and cases that were nearly as big as us. Emily H. immediately won herself a room point by manfully managing a family holiday size bag -without wheels and with great cheerfulness!
From the off, it is evident that there will be very different things to report from the various dormitories. One boys' bedroom immediately took on the guise of a third world nation after every known catastrophe, whilst another is being ruled, in Mr. Cayton's opinion, as a dictatorship, complete with written rules displayed on wall and invitations to listen to poetry recitations about various stuffed toys! I see it more as a section of Borg, all four boys working in complete harmony, preparing for world domination. Joy!
Lunch was baked potato, cheese and beans, followed by fruit, preparing the troops for the afternoon of high activity.
Group One set off with Mr. Clayton and Justin to face the adventure of Beck Scrambling, not for the faint hearted. We were so lucky because the sun came out and the gorge was sheltered from the biblical wind surges. Quite a challenge for Staff too, to witness small children enter even smaller holes, fortunately re-emerging with great cheesy grins. Ryan impressed with his water fillled hole technique.
Mud and water were key ingredients to the challenge and fun of Beck scrambling - our Mums should see the state we got ourselves in!
Group 2 stayed on site with Mike and were taught to ski. William was really good already because he's been skiing before but very quickly everyone got the hang of it and could ski all the way down the slope from the top. Sky worked hard and she excelled herself, skiing all the way to the bottom.
Mike told us to imagine we were holding a tray out in front of us to help us as, bit by bit, we went higher and higher up the slope - cool!
Kian and Leon were hugely good at falling over and getting up again, always with big grins and determination. Mrs. Smith was delighted with everyone's willingness to keep trying and the reward was personal satisfaction and hot chocolate at the end.
Having mastered the theory, it was crash helmets on and away we go.
Group Three were like monkeys, scaling all over the walls, raring for another go.
We were pretty tired but the prospect of dinner cheered us up no end. We eat altogether with two other schools, Linton and Colburn, and, between the three schools, we managed to make a very impressive din at dinner! We feasted on Pasta Bake and Chocolated pudding and custard. Naturally, all busy, growing children need food supplements and a visit to the Tuck Shop did the trick. Half an hour of diaries gave us all a necessary breather for Orienteering by torchlight - well good.
We have included this picture to give you an idea how dark moonlight can be and how necessary torchlight is. The blobs of light are well kitted out orienteerers with head lights!
Despite the cold, Mr. Smith gave out photos of objects/points of interest to be found around the site. In your team, you set off, find the photo's focus and report back to Mr. Clayton, who gives you a point if you get it right. Some clues may be given after much begging.
Torches come in all shapes and sizes - even ducks and rabbits!