Colours, Swimming, Glasgow and Challenges

We started Friday morning with a fresh morning swim and then more amazing language lessons with lots of interesting projects – from children’s literature to business.

After lunch, it was time to prepare our t-shirts for our colour battle. We had to design our targets in our team colours first.

Then we headed to the beach for our colour battle to start. Each team had coloured powders and we had to try to paint the other team as much as possible. Everyone was really fast – especially Michael and Ruben! We had lots of fun and got COVERED in colour.

Our teams both won as everyone was so colourful and so we all got water guns. Of course, we then finished off our afternoon with a water fight!

In the evening, we headed to the sports centre for some extreme dodgeball. It was so hard to hit Sina!

Our lessons on Saturday started a little later to give us some extra sleep. But once we started, we really enjoyed them.

We then headed into Ayr, the closest town to do a little shopping and then we went to the pool. We had giant inflatable assault courses and the diving board to keep us entertained. Even wee Ben joined us too.

In the evening, we had our Escape Room and Casino Night. Mya was incredibly lucky at Roulette and had so much more money than the competition! She won an amazing bubble wand!

On Sunday, we headed to Glasgow early. We started the day by visiting the Tall Ship and then jumping on the tour bus to visit Kelvingrove museum and Glasgow University.

Then we went to the city centre for some shopping and the chance to stock up on snacks! The winners of MasterChef also received their deep fried Mars bars and they weren’t as bad as people imagined. It was then back on the tour bus to finish the city tour.

In the evening, we had our zombie challenge where we had to complete challenges on the castle grounds without being caught by a zombie mentor! They didn’t look too scary though!

Yesterday morning, we had our lessons. Many of the groups were learning about food in the chef projects.

In the afternoon, we split into mixed language groups and had to rotate around stations across the castle grounds for our Crystal Maze. Baron was a mentor for the day too and was a challenge master. The winning team got to choose mentors to throw wet sponges at! Poor Gregor and Michael.

We had a BBQ for dinner with lots of German sausages.

Finally, we headed to Laser Quest and bowling in Ayr. Wiktor was amazing at bowling!

This morning, we had our final language lesson and a few groups were learning about games – a great topic for the day. Guayi’s group even invented their own board games.

We had afternoon tea for lunch with plenty of cute sandwiches and cakes.

This afternoon, we had our giant board games which included life-sized Jungle Speed, Water Dragons and Malefitz. It was super fun.

We ended the day with a glow party. We had glow in the dark facepaints and danced the night away to some brilliant tunes. We also did some limbo, a bit of Scottish ceilidh dancing and watched all the photos and videos from the week.

We can’t believe it’s the last night but we are looking forward to seeing our families again tomorrow. It’s been a great week!

A Great Start to International Camp ’19

We started International Camp off on Sunday night with young people coming together from 5 different countries – all ready to learn foreign languages and share their cultures.

Our first activities started during dinner with some name games and then we had our Campers vs Mentors challenges. We competed in a range of mini challenged against our teachers for the week. It involved everything from shaving foam and playing cards to mouth pieces and cotton buds!

On Monday morning, we kicked off our lessons. Each group worked on a different theme. The junior English group were working on a theatre project while the Spanish group were discussing fashion.

After lunch, we played lots of different team-building games to get to know one another better. We saw ‘magical’ sticks and had to avoid being hit by the pool noodle!

Then it was time for our shipwrecked challenge. On the beach, we had to make fire using flint and steel, cook something from scratch on the campfire and build a raft to reach the buoy in the sea and open the prize chest.

It was then time for some beach sport – frisbee and volleyball before heading back to camp.

In the evening, we had BBQ MasterChef. The campers were given ingredients to cook a two course meal on the barbecue for the judges. All the groups created delicious dishes but the inventive barbecued pizzas were the winning team for their creativity and great taste!

On Tuesday, we split into our groups again for language lessons. The junior French group were learning all about the jungle while the senior French group worked on a business project.

In the afternoon, we made our own fairytale films in our foreign languages. The plots were crazy featuring lots of fairies, witches and even a magical baby and a zebricorne.

In the evening, we headed to the sports centre for some football, basketball and rounders on the picthes.

Many of the campers decided to go for a swim in the beautiful sunset before bed.

On Wednesday morning, our lessons were packed full of action again. The German group were learning about the Dative, the senior English group were talking about the British Isles and the junior French group were working on a catwalk fashion project.

In the afternoon, we had our Clan Wars. Our group split into two teams and created their own ‘clans’. One clan was ‘The Stripey Zebras Drinking Tea’ and the other was ‘The Crazy Süße Eichhörnchen’. We painted flags ready for the afternoon’s activities and our faces too!

We then had team races and a tug of war before ending the afternoon in a giant game of Capture the Flag.

Our evening activity was a multilingual and international quiz which featured rounds on Disney songs, geography, riddles and even a round about our mentors. The winning team won some very random coconuts.

This morning, we got up very early to head out for our outdoor adventure day. We arrived in the sun for our canyoning and climbing and spent the whole day exploring. Our canyoning photos were taken by our instructors so we’ll get to see them very soon!

This evening, after a barbecue on a beach and some competitive table tennis competitions, we have snuggled down for a film night with plenty of popcorn and our duvets. It has been an exhausting but fun start to the camp!

We’ll get another update to all our wonderful parents via the blog in a few days!

Pirates, Carnivals and Chases in the Rain

This morning, after some bacon rolls for breakfast, we did some yoga and martial arts with Kara to get us warmed up and ready for the day.

We started the morning by creating some tube pirates and parrots while we waited for some new campers to arrive. We are super talented when it comes to crafts and they looked amazing!

When Arabella and Wilf arrived, we did some pirate-themed team-building to get to know them better – we played ‘sharks’ with the parachute, cross swamps with islands, transported cannonballs and even showed our strength in our tug of war.

Then we had our first lesson of the day – we learned all about physical descriptions and how to describe our pirates. We played lots of games and even some ‘guess who’!

For lunch, we had lentil soup and rolls and some delicious French madeleines for dessert. They tasted great!

We kicked the afternoon off with a pirate carnival where we could win coins by playing games and learning words. We could trade the coins for wet sponges to throw at Kara’s face! She got soaked (by the rain and our throws) and Daniel had amazing aim!

Next we had another language lesson – this time, about clothes. We played lots of flashcard games and had lots of fun while learning so much French, Spanish, German and English. We used what we learned to create some wanted posters for our pirate villains. Many of them featured George, our camp monkey!

We then had to make our own dinner! We were given lots of ingredients to make our pizzas. Ava was very creative and even made a stuffed crust!!! They headed to the oven to be cooked for us while we prepared to brave the rain!

We headed to the playing field for a game of ‘pirate chase’. We had to leave our base to complete challenges and collect item without being caught by the mentor pirates. If they caught us, we became pirates too. We didn’t care that we got a bit wet and had lots of fun finally getting outside for a while!

Our pizzas were ready when we got back to camp and we had some lovely fruit salad for dessert.

Finally, we had our MasterChef evening as everything was too wet for a campfire! We started by taste testing some foods from Scotland, France and Spain. We were blindfolded and had to guess what we were trying. There was delicious camembert, chorizo, olives and even a Tunnocks chocolate wafer. We could then, if we wanted, try some ‘escargots’. Lots of us were brave enough and many of us really enjoyed them.

Then we got trays of ingredients to create a dish for Kara and Thomas to judge. We were super creative and made some amazing food. We even learned some of the words for the ingredients and presented them. The judges were impressed by all our creations but the winning group was Henry, Annabelle, Wilf and Arabella! Bravo!

We are all exhausted after so many activities and are all in bed. We are looking forward to our final day tomorrow – hopefully with a bit more sun!!!

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Puppet Shows and BBQs

This morning, we started the day with some delicious croissants and pains au chocolat for breakfast. Then we got ready and had our morning warm-up outdoors with Kara. We did some aerobics to get us all ready to learn.

Then we had our first language lesson. We learned all about dinosaur habitats. We played lots of fun flashcard games.

We headed to the adventure play park next for our footprint challenge. There were dinosaur footprints with foreign language words hidden all over the park and we had to find them as quickly as possible, and of course, remember them! The French group were the winners! Bravo! We also had some time to play before heading back to the camp for lunch.

We had a French themed lunch of croque monsieur and watermelon for dessert.

After lunch, we had our second dinosaur lesson on food. We played games like snap to help us remember our new words. Then it was time to use everything we have learned in our dinosaur lessons in our puppet show project. First we made our puppets and they looked beautiful before writing our scripts and heading out to film. The finished shows are great!

We had to say ‘auf weidersehen’ to Kate and Max who left at 3.30 as they were only staying for the first camp.

The rest of us then headed out to the beach for our land art activity. We had to create the best dinosaur possible, and describe it in English, French, Spanish or German, using what we could find on the beach! Katherine even fitted in the mouth of her t-rex!

We decorated biscuits for our film night and headed back to the beach for our BBQ. We had sausages, burgers and halloumi on Thomas’ barbecue. They tasted great and we loved making the most of the great weather and eating outside. Some of the boys had great dance moves and were boogying to the music!

Finally, we got settled down for our film night. We got into our pyjamas and took our duvets to the lounge. We ate our biscuits and enjoyed some time to chill.

Now everyone is tucked up in bed and exhausted after a very busy day!