Kayaking, Haggis and the Great Escape

This morning we were woken up by some lovely loud music and had an interesting Scottish breakfast to start the day. As well as our usual breakfast buffet, we could try Scottish lorne sausage (in the shape of a square) and tattie scones which look just like potato pancakes.

Then it was time for our lessons and this morning’s theme was ‘survival’. We learned all about first aid, watched comprehension videos on how to make fire and even created our own survival guides on how to survive different situations. The Spanish group made a crazy manual on how to survive a cheese attack while Hannah’s English group created a complex survival situation involving crocodiles and straws!

After a quick lunch of baked potatoes, we headed straight to get ready in our swimwear and we were collected by our outdoor instructors in their minibuses. We got our wetsuits and we went to a nearby bay to learn how to kayak and paddle board. We played games and spent lots of time pushing one another off of their boats and swimming in the sea.

We were delighted the rain stayed off for us!

For dinner tonight, the adventurous among us could try famous Scottish haggis, needs and tatties and we had cranachan, a dessert made with toasted oats, cream, raspberries and honey.

After getting the chance to show after so much time in the sea, our evening activities tonight involved using our minds. While one group were challenged by games (including Uno and Dobble, of course) in the Casino room the other group had to get themselves out of the escape room. Using language skills, maths and logic, the room certainly challenged us all but…

Now we are all relaxing before bed after another busy day. Tomorrow will bring sunshine and of course, more fun language learning.

Arrivals, Films and Zombies

We were so excited to welcome this year’s International Camp participants to Culzean Castle yesterday for this year’s camp. We had people arriving on flights throughout the day and some campers unfortunately had some pretty long delays. Everyone was delighted to finally arrive!

We first played some team-building games to get to know one another better and learn everyone’s names. It was great to meet people from all over Europe who are learning the languages we speak.

After dinner, we had our Campers vs Mentors challenge. We had lots of mini games to play, such as getting as many post-it notes on your face as possible or knocking over skittles with tights and balls on our heads. There were even some tricky sentences to say in French, Spanish, German and English with a mouth piece in! The four-man press-up was a particularly tricky one. In the end, ‘the cheesy squirrels’ won and the mentor team lost so the winners got to choose a mentor to break an egg over the head of. They chose Kara and she ended the evening quite eggy! Continue reading …

Jungle Survival and Animal Madness

This morning we started our day with croissants and pain au chocolat for breakfast. They were delicious! Then we had a morning yoga warm-up with Thomas.

Next we played explorer dodgeball. We had games of extreme dodgeball, king dodgeball and even Indiana Jones dodgeball! There were so many balls!

Then we had our first language class of the day. We learned lots of descriptions for how to describe jungle animals and played lots of games.

Next we headed outside for our jungle survival class. We learnt how to make a fire with flint and steel and all the words we needed for the fire-making equipment. We were great at getting sparks and we kept our little fires going for a while. Then we made stick bread. We had to ask for all our ingredients, make the bread dough and cook it over the fire. It was delicious and tasted like pizza.

After our lunch of baked potatoes, we had our second lesson. This time, we learned about body parts and all the things that animals have like a mane, a trunk and paws. Again, we played lots of games to get to know the words.

Then we went to our expedition low ropes course. We had to work as a team to get through the course without falling. It was lots of fun and very challenging!

When we came back inside, it was time to design our very own animals and write about them in the languages we are learning. They were super creative! Cats with wings and animals that are a mixture between a snake, an elephant and an octopus!

Before dinner, we had some jungle games like eating a jelly snake from a string, knocking down the skittles with our elephant trunks, getting our peanuts through the maze with our elephant trunks and even completing jungle dares from our balloons.

Tonight, we had a BBQ. Thomas made lots of burgers on the grill and we played swingball, football and on the swings while he was cooking. It was delicious!

Now we are all watching a film called Madagascar in our pyjamas and duvet. We had popcorn too. After the film, we’ll heading to bed and tomorrow, our ‘Around the World’ camp begins.