Every year, in the last half of the summer term, our Year 5s spend 4 nights under canvas on land near Trelissick House, on the banks of the River Fal.
During the week the children learn many new skills, such as fire lighting, cooking safely on a fire and shelter building as well as doing other activities such as Canadian canoeing, cycling, swimming and boat trips. Towards the end of the week, the children take part in a “quest day” where they put all their skills into practise to earn pieces of gold. This can include an optional sleep out in home-made shelters for the braver children! Often this trip has a theme to it, and links into our topic work in class.
The camping area we use is a lovely peaceful setting - until we turn up! It is on private farmland where there is no public access, with the only other visitors to our campsite being pheasants. The Children are obviously continually monitored and with St Mewan staff for all the activities.
After busy fun filled days, there is always evening entertainment and always a campfire by our camping area, often this fire gets lit on the Monday, and the children enjoy the challenge of keeping it burning until the Friday. We return home on Friday, very tired and smelling of wood smoke, but with some lovely memories and new skills.