Heights, Fire, Forest and a Party

This morning, we started the day with some delicious waffles for breakfast. Then it was time to warm-up with Ben. Everyone had great moves, especially Ben!

Then we headed to our morning project groups. The celebrity group created amazing films with an amazing Donald Trump and other super characters! The superhero group invented amazing heroes and villains and featured them in some great comic books. Finally, the Spanish cookery group made delicious ‘alfajores’, south American biscuits with lots of caramel!

After our baked potatoes for lunch, we had some free time outside in the sun! We enjoyed playing lots of sports and relaxing!

This afternoon, we swapped activities from yesterday and one group did the survival activities and the other group did the adventure sports – high ropes, trail biking and archery. Everyone was so brave, going on the high ropes. Ruaraidh and Stuart were extremely good at making their own fire and Katie was amazing at camouflage. 

For dinner tonight we had a barbecue, it was very tasty! Later on, we all got dressed up for our party. The girls had impressive make-up skills!

Then it was party time! We danced our hearts out to chart songs and some old classics. We had limbo, played some party games and had our own photo booth. We loved celebrating our last night at camp.

We’ve had an absolute blast this week and are looking forward to seeing our parents and carers again tomorrow. We’ve missed you! À demain! ¡Hasta mañana!

An Adventurous Day

After breakfast this morning, we started the day with a morning dance warm-up with Kara.

Then we headed to our first morning project. Some of us were learning about celebrities in French and making films with Francesca. Some of us were learning about superheroes in French and making comics with Nelly and Benjamin. And some of us were cooking in Spanish with Bronya. We had lots of fun!

After a morning full of new French and Spanish words, we were so happy to eat delicious croque monsieur for lunch.

Then, the group split into two. The adventure sport group got the chance to take part in high ropes, archery and trail biking. The survival group were building shelters in the forest, making their own mini fires using flint and steel, playing a game of hide and seek called camouflage and even cooking ‘stick bread’ on the campfire. It was a busy, active afternoon.

This evening was a Spanish-themed meal and we had nachos and fajitas with watermelon for dessert. ¡Qué rico!

After some free time and showers, this evening’s activity was Master Chef. We first had a taste test with French and Spanish foods. We were blindfolded and we had to guess what we were given. There was Camembert, Manchego cheese, pain au chocolat and even some pâté.

The team with the most points got to choose their ingredients for the invention challenge first. We worked as a team to create two inventive, tasty dishes with the help of our mentors. They helped us with the vocabulary to present our dishes in French or Spanish. Mrs Johnstone and Miss McMann were the judges alongside Thomas.

The finished dishes looked and tasted amazing. The winning team was Nelly’s team!

Everyone is now in bed, getting their energy level up for another busy day tomorrow!

Arriving at Camp

Today we arrived at Lapwing Lodge in the sun! After settling into our rooms and making our beds, we started the day with some team-building activities involving toilet paper, pool noodles and drawing each other’s faces.

Then it was already time for lunch. Today we had baguettes!

Then we had some free time to relax and play outdoors. We played swing ball and football and enjoyed being outdoors.

We then had some more team-building games. We had to get our team through a spider web, stop the water coming through the bamboo tower and ski across land as a team.

We then played games such as capture the flag and dodgeball. Jake and Adrian were very fast and managed to get the flag. The teams both won two games. In dodgeball, we had to protect our kings and queens to win the games.

For dinner, we had French coq au vin or ratatouille with dauphinois potatoes. Lots of us tried something new!

This evening it was our quiz night and egg-streme games. Our teams battled in rounds of questions, getting jaffa cakes from our foreheads into our mouths, peeling bananas with our feet and even sticking post-it notes to our faces!

The winning teams won the most equipment to protect their eggs and make parachutes. After everyone made their parachute, tomorrow we will launch them from the roof and teams who manage to keep their egg safe will get the chance to break them over the heads of the mentors.

Now everyone is tucked up in bed and ready to get some sleep before another action-packed day tomorrow!

Le Défi de Strasbourg et le Quiz

Bonjour, encore une superbe journée aujourd’hui!

We started our day with some preparation for the parliament. We thought about questions that we may wish to ask the MEP tomorrow and made sure we knew how to ask perfectly in French.

Then, we had to use our creativity and acting skills in ‘le défi de Strasbourg’. We were challenged to create documentaries about Strasbourg in French under a given theme. We also had to include a lot of different tenses (présent, passé composé, imparfait, futur simple, subjonctif). We first went for a coffee with the teachers in small groups and they helped us to plan and write the start of our scripts. They made sure we had some subjunctives!

Once our scripts ready, we headed out with iPads to film and interview. We spent lots of time exploring Strasbourg’s touristic and historical sites, some even went all the way to the European parliament. Everyone really dedicated themselves to the projects with lots of footage and even blooper reels.

We then went back to the hotel to edit our documentaries and Thomas gave us some help if we wanted to add voiceovers, music and text. We worked really hard and the finished documentaries look amazing! We can’t wait to watch them tomorrow night.

Dinner tonight was a huge hit! Spaghetti bolognese went down super well and everyone was pleased with what was on offer.

Then we had our French and European quiz with lots of interesting rounds, including a film quotation round, a music round, a geography round and even a round about our teachers. The winning group were delighted and will receive their prize on Friday.

We have all headed to bed early tonight as tomorrow we will have a very early start and a long but exceptionally exciting day. We feel prepared and can’t wait to meet young people from across Europe and express our opinions on the European stage.