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!!!


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!

Launch Camp – Meeting the dinosaurs

This morning, our amazing Launch Camp campers arrived at the beautiful Dolphin House in the sun. We started the day by colouring our passports and chatting to our new friends while we were waiting for everyone to arrive. When all campers were here, we started some team-building games. We played blind t-rex, dinosaur wars and even worked together to tackle the magical prehistoric stick.

Next we had lunch. Today, we had delicious baked potatoes with a huge choice of fillings and some chocolate for dessert.

Then we had our first language lesson in English, French, Spanish or German. We met our teachers and started learning about dinosaur bodies. We flashcard games and learned how to describe the dinosaurs.

Because the weather was so beautiful, we headed to the beach for a little cool-off. We did some swimming and some playing in the sand. We even had a little game of water frisbee.

When we came back, it was time for our second lesson. We learned all about dinosaur actions and modal verbs. We played ‘pin the tail on the dino’, charades and musical actions. Then we used everything we learned to create comic books about our dinosaur characters.

Then it was time for dinner. Tonight was German night and we had Kaspätzle – a German pasta with cheese and onions. Those of us who weren’t so adventurous opted for pasta with a tomato sauce. Then there was German Apfelstrudel for dessert.

Tonight we had our dinosaur egg-streme games. We had lots of funny mini challenges – peeling a banana with our feet, getting a KitKat from our foreheads into our mouths without using our hands and even seeing how many post-it notes we could stick to our faces. It was really funny. The team with the most points won the bag with the most equipment to protect a dinosaur egg. We then had to create a device for the egg to slide down a zipline. The team which had the fastest egg got to break it on the head of a mentor The winning group chose Thomas and he wasn’t very happy!

Now everyone is all tucked up in bed ready for tomorrow. We have another busy day planned!

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!