Youtube, Beach and Capture the Flag

As it is mid-week and we were all so tired after our long, action-packed excursion day yesterday, we got to sleep until 8am! This morning, as it is a British-themed menu today, we had sausages, eggs, beans, and toast to start the day along with our usual breakfast buffet.

Our morning lessons focused on viral videos and Youtube. We watched some videos in the languages we’re learning, learned lots of vocabulary while reading about Youtubers and talked lots of about what we liked to watch and why.

For our project today, we created our own viral videos. The senior English group created a masterpiece called ‘8 ways to best annoy your mentors’ and the junior English group teamed up with the German group to create ‘the 5 best ways to jump into the sea’. The French group made a brilliant video about the types of people you find at the beach and the Spanish group developed a video called the ‘5 forgotten Youtube challenges’. The finished videos are brilliant!

For lunch, we had soup and rolls with plenty of snacks (even although it was really warm outside). Then at free-time, those who wanted to go on a mini excursion to the sandy beach could go on the minibus with Thomas, Max and Hannah. There was plenty of swimming, jumping, and volleyball in the water. Those who decided to stay back had a competition against the mentors in table tennis, volleyball and badminton.

Since the weather was so brilliant today, we decided to move the programme around a little and play ‘Capture the Flag’ this afternoon. The blue and red team battled on the field until the end with the competition ending in a draw, meaning both teams will win equal amounts of powders for tomorrow’s ‘Colour Run’.

When we got back, our steak pie, potatoes and peas were ready. There was ice cream for dessert too! We then had a quick turnaround to get ready to head to our bowling and laser quest evening. We first went to the sea front in the coastal town of Ayr and then walked along to the bowling alley.

We got our beautiful bowling shoes and then began our games. Lily and Wiktor were victorious in our bowling games and the red team were the winners in the laser quest!


Now we’re heading back to the camp on the minibus to bed. Tomorrow will be our last full day on camp! The time has absolutely flown by and we can’t believe we’ll be seeing you all so soon!

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 …