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The Outward Bounds Trip - Loch Eil (Scotland)

The Outward Bounds Trip –Monday 17th March – Friday 21sy March 2014 Loch Eil (Scotland)

 

After a long journey to Loch Eil (Scotland), we finally arrived at our destination, to be greeted by our instructors for the week. As soon as we arrived we had to change quickly and complete the jog and dip. We ran down to the Loch and then jumped off the jetty. The weather was cold and the wind was howling, although we were freezing it was good fun.

Altogether, there were pupils from Moorside, Albion and Oasis Academies, we all got along and have made many new friends. The aim of the course was to focus upon healthy living. Pupils were encouraged to think about their food intake and the amount exercise that they carried out, they understood the effects of food and how it could affect your performance.

Before setting off on the Overnight Expedition, pupils had to earn their food through an orienteering course. Food was prepared at the centre and then packed away with the other essentials in their rucksacks. The Sodexo mentors demonstrated how to prepare the food safely and correctly. Some clans had to carry tents in their rucksacks and they all had to carry trangeers to cook their food. There were some groups who were staying in caves or a shelter. All of the food was prepared in the Bothy and it was a place to shelter from the wind and rain until bedtime. Pupils were also shown by the mentors how to cook their food.

Once we returned form the overnight expedition, we had to de-gunge and return all our equipment after it had been washed. We were then given the opportunity to reflect upon our experiences so far, looking back at our hope and fears and the personal challenges that we faced.

On the Pre-Introductory Day at Oasis Academy we were put into clans and given specific names; Sutherland, Gregson and Mc Gregor. All of the schools were mixed to form our clans and we had the same instructor for the week. Each clan had different activities which had been planned by the instructor, some of the activities were the same but others were different. An example of the activities are; Raft building, Kayaking down the river, Scrambling, Absailing, Zip Wire and more.

Each clan had one final challenge and competition to complete at the end of the week. Their challenge was to plan and deliver a presentation to the other groups about what they had learnt and what they are going to take back with them to school and their lives at home. The final competition was a series of team building challenges in which each clan had to earn points to produce an overall winner.

Before we said “Our Goodbyes” we managed to launch our rockets, leaving our bad habits/ weaknesses behind. Therefore, taking new habits and aspirations forward into our future.

We would like to thank Sodexo for the Sponsorship and also the Outward Bound Instructors for an enjoyable week.

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