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The highlight of the autumn term was camp! We headed to Lagganlia which is near Aviemore. We took part in several activities: gorge walking, abseiling, canoeing, rafting and zip-lining across the water! We also did orienteering, a night-line and ‘Radio Ga Ga’. There was a game called ‘Duckie’. We were in a boat and had to work out ways to get people across the lake. I really enjoyed myself. I learned that ticks live in heather! I also learned that I am braver than I think. I would never have thought going in cold water would be so much fun!
Live for the moment
Camp was amazing but the only problem was that every question we asked was either, “Are we nearly there yet?”, or “When’s lunch?” Instead of answering, our instructor said, ‘Live for the moment!’ which means enjoy where you are right now and don’t worry about the past or the future. One day we climbed up a mountain and all we said was, “Are we nearly there yet?” Once we got to the top, our instructor said, “Stop and have a look around.” That was when I realised we were on top of a mountain with amazing views. So, for the rest of camp instead of asking silly questions, I just lived for the moment.
A Learning Experience
Over the course of the 5-day outdoor education camp I learnt that you don’t always have to come first. This camp really allowed me to learn that it’s not all about winning, no matter how nice it feels. My activity group navigated our way up and down the mountain as a team and we would not have been able to complete that challenge if we didn’t work together. I am very glad to have learned this valuable lesson and I will take this skill with me throughout future everyday challenges.
Overcoming my Fears
I was quite scared of abseiling and I really didn’t want to do it, but I knew if I didn’t I would really regret it. I had a lot of support from my friends, teachers and instructor to encourage me to have a go. Very soon after starting to abseil down, it felt really cool and I enjoyed doing it. Once down, I was happy that I’d had a go. It may have looked high when I was up there, but once I was down, I wished it was double the height. It was the best bit of camp!!
I normally enjoy doing physical challenges and find them quite easy but at Remove camp, abseiling and gorge walking were the toughest things I have ever had to do. I thought I was going to be fine but when I got to the edge of the cliff, I was suddenly terrified. I was so scared that when I started moving, my body no longer felt like mine. I made it to the bottom and, once the shaky feeling stopped, I felt really proud of myself. The other big challenge was gorge walking. I was scared that I would not manage to grab the rope and that the weight of all my wet clothes would pull me down into the freezing water and stop me coming up to the surface. I do not think I would have done it if I had not had so much encouragement from my friends.
The first day, the whole group went to climb a mountain. During the middle of the walk, I started to get tired, thirsty, cold and hungry but at the same time I was walking, and I couldn’t stop the group. After lunch we packed all our things away to continue with the adventure. We climbed another pile of rocks, but this time a lot bigger than the other one. Finally, I arrived at the top. I was so happy!
I have just come back from Remove camp, extremely proud of myself. With some support in place I agreed to go but I was still a bit nervous. I’m so happy that I went because I have made so many wonderful memories and had great fun. Before we went away, I spoke to a girl in Lower 6, Amy, who had also felt anxious about Remove camp. She gave me some top tips and advice on how to distract myself and cope with feeling homesick. I now hope to be that girl who can offer the support to others. I’m now really looking forward to all the camps that are still to come.