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09 Jun 2017
Primary 5 Camp

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On Wednesday 24 May, amidst great excitement, the Primary 5 girls set off on P5 Camp. Our first stop was the Wallace Monument, where we explored the three floors of history and all the way up – 246 steps later – to the roof. There we looked out over the landscape before us and imagined what it would have been like to have been involved in the Battle of Stirling Bridge all those years ago, in 1297. Back at the bottom of the monument, we met Alex, who told us a little more about William Wallace, about the events leading up to the battle and what it would have been like to fight in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

Back on the coach again, we then set off to Dollar Glen for a picnic lunch in the glorious sunshine, which renewed our energy for the walk up the Glen to Castle Campbell. We completed a nature quiz on the trail along the way and were very lucky to spot a heron, a young deer and a kingfisher!

Castle Campbell was great fun, with lots of rooms to explore and some clothes to dress up in too (the teachers all had a shot!) We also loved the gardens, which seemed to be especially designed for roly polys!

When we arrived at Camp that evening, we were very excited to get into our dorms and unpack. Making our beds proved very entertaining for the teachers…. We had a bit of time after dinner to write our camp diaries and our postcards to send home. It was really great to be with our friends in a massive sleepover and we enjoyed chatting and playing till way past our normal bedtimes!

On the second day, we were up early for breakfast and then had a day on-site, completing the Adventure Skills module of our Natural Connections Outdoor Learning Award. We split into 4 groups and had a round robin of biking, walking, bushcraft and orienteering. We learned how to make a “leave no trace” fire and toast marshmallows, read maps and ride trails. We enjoyed the gorge walk to Rumbling Bridge and some of us even learned to cycle for the first time! One group also managed to rescue a baby Jackdaw that had fallen out of his nest. We called him Billy. At lunchtime, we got to have a shot on the Adventure Playground which had lots of great structures to play on and even tunnels to crawl through!

At the end of the afternoon, we all came together for a big campfire. We sang some very funny campfire songs and ate even more marshmallows. Luckily, we still had room for dinner, which was just as well, as the food on Camp was so good!

Amazingly, after such an action-packed day, we still had enough energy for the Pyjama Disco! Everyone had a brilliant time dancing and playing games – and the teachers danced too!

We slept very well that night.

On Friday, we packed up and, after a final dorm inspection, said our fond farewells to Camp, boarded the coach once again and set off for Stirling Castle. The weather was still beautiful and the day hotting up. As it reached 29 degrees, we had to pity Sir William Oliphant, who was struggling a little in his full plate armour. Sir William led us on an attackers’ tour of the Castle, pointing out the various defence features and ways in which the defending garrison would kill us off. He seemed to enjoy this part immensely!

We explored the rest of the Castle with our teachers, with more opportunities to dress up and meet characters from the past. It was a great visit.

On the coach home, we were each presented with a Crazy Camp Award, ranging from “Best Marshmallow Face” to “The Fluffiest Rucksack”, “Most Smiley Camper” and “Camp Jester”.

We had such a wonderful time and would do it all again in a heartbeat – P5 Camp rocks!

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