Projects, Quests and Cooking

This morning after some delicious croissants for breakfast, we did a funny warm-up with Kara. We were great at dancing and we were then ready to start the day!

Next, we split into three groups for our language projects. Maxime’s group was learning about superheroes and created their own action-packed comics. Francesca’s group was learning about celebrities and created an amazing chat show video. Kara’s group was learning all about cooking and baked some delicious Argentinian biscuits called alfajores.

Then we had lunch. Today, we had ‘croque monsieur’ which are delicious French ham and cheese toasties and watermelon for dessert. After that, we had some free time playing outdoors and in the games hall.

This afternoon, we had our Language Quest. In the style of ‘the Crystal Maze’, the teams rotated around different challenges to win coins. We had to cross minefields, solve number riddles, direct our teammates blindfolded through obstacle courses, cross crocodile swamps and direct balls on the difficult tarpaulin. The winning team were delighted with their unusual prizes including a shark frisbee and an inflatable mermaid!

We then headed to the forest for a game of ‘camouflage’ which is a version of ‘hide and seek’ and then had dinner. Tonight, coq au vin and ratatouille were on the menu followed by chocolate ice cream. They were delicious!

We then launched our eggs parachutes we made yesterday. Unfortunately for us, none of the eggs survived – the mentors were safe!

Tonight’s MasterChef evening launched with a blind taste test. We had to guess which foods from France or Spain we were tasting. There was yummy camembert, olives and chorizo for the adventurous and some easier foods such as pains au chocolat or tortilla chips for those who were a little apprehensive.

Then it was time to cook! We each received a tray of ingredients and were challenged to create two courses. We made some delicious dishes and the judges, our wonderful teachers, were very impressed by what we created.

They most enjoyed group 2’s creations and they won the limited edition golden MasterChef wooden spoons.

We are now all in our rooms and getting ready for bed. We are so excited for all the adventure we have in store for tomorrow!

Barassie Primary have Arrived!

This morning, Barassie Primary School P7 pupils arrived at Lapwing Lodge to join us for their residential camp. We started by making our beds and unpacking before heading out onto the field for some team building games. We had lots of fun with blind samurais, ninjas, giant rock, paper and scissors and group portraits.

We had filled French baguettes for lunch and then headed out again for some bigger team-building challenges. We had to lower the magical stick to the ground, pass the stick across the river, ski across dry land and even get our team through a spider web.

Then we had a game of Capture the Flag. The teams battled hard to steal the flag with lots of sneaking through the forest, lots of prison breaks and even a shoe lost in the mud! The red team were victorious.

After drying off a bit, we went to the sports hall to play extreme dodgeball. We had to protect our kings and queens, knock down the skittles and even get Indiana Jones’ treasure to the chest.

Tonight, we had Mexican nachos and fajitas for dinner, with French apple pie, or tarte aux pommes, and ice cream for dessert. We had some free time in the sports hall and games room before starting our evening activity.

Our egg-streme games kicked off with lots of silly mini challenges. Some people had to get a Jaffa Cake from their foreheads to their mouths, peel bananas with their feet, model balloon animals or even cover their faces with post-it notes! We had some quiz rounds too to gain points for our teams.

We ended the evening by transferring points into materials to build an egg protection. We built brilliant egg parachutes and tomorrow we’ll be dropping them from the roof! If they survive, we get to break the egg over the head of a mentor! We can’t wait!

We are now all tucked up in bed and ready for another action-packed day tomorrow!

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!