Debates, Quests and Barbecue Masters

This morning, to start off our Spanish themed menu, we had our breakfast buffet with the addition of ‘pan con tomate’ and then got ready for our morning lesson.

This morning, we were learning about giving opinions, making comparisons and arguing a point. In our debate project, the groups were discussing some very interesting topics. Are unicorns better than zombies? Is Haribo better than Milka? Should we sleep late in the morning? Should we eat insects?

Then for lunch, we had ‘montaditos’ which are small sandwiches filled with delicious fillings from Spain such as jamón serrano and goat’s cheese. There were olives and patatas fritas on the side too.

This afternoon we had our Castle Quest. Our mentors were hidden around the grounds of the castle and each had a challenge for us. We had to complete a jigsaw with our hands in a box, transport water to the bamboo tower, and solve language and number riddles. By winning points at each challenge, we won our paper disks for the final challenge of the quest. We had to make our way through an obstacle course with our legs tied together like a caterpillar and protect our disks from getting damaged by the water guns. We had lots of fun and learned lots of new things!

For dinner we had some tasty nachos, chilli and watermelon. Afterwards, there were lots of competitive games of table tennis happening and some of us even went for a short swim!

This evening’s activity was our barbecue Master Chef. Each team had a tray of foods to invent a dish with – from black pudding to mini sausages, there was a huge range to choose from. Teams could trade and swap ingredients and had to develop two courses for Nelly and Thomas, the judges, and each had their own barbecues to cook with on the beach.

The final creations were delicious and everyone was very impressed. The teams presented their dishes to the judges in the languages they are learning and received some feedback from the judges. The winning group cooked a delicious vegetable bake alongside their burger in garlic bread and took home the coveted Master Chef golden wooden spoons. Well done!

Tomorrow is our excursion day and we’re off to the isle of Arran for the day! We can’t wait!

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.