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Year 9 Survival Weekend

We arrived at Broadstone Warren Campsite and then walked for about twenty minutes with our packs to our area of the site. When we arrived we had to build our own shelter. We divided into two groups and started to build a shelter using sticks and logs from the forest floor after some instructions on how to do it. Once we finished laying out the sticks and logs we started putting leaves on the roof and then the floor. Four hours later our shelter was completed. After that, we cooked chicken, chorizo and vegetable stew over the main fire and then ate dinner. Once we had eaten dinner we started making our own fire with the help of the instructors since our shelter was partially open to the elements and then settled down for the night. Overnight it snowed!

Before going to sleep we took part in a ‘search and rescue’ session where we learned how to search for objects and people and what to do when we find an injured person. We woke up to a beautiful sky and white ground. In the morning we first started packing our bags and then we started cooking breakfast, some also had to harvest wood from trees to use for the fire.

After eating breakfast we demolished our shelter and made it look like we were never there. Later on we learnt about fire-craft where we were taught the different ways of making fire. We started setting cotton on fire using fire-steel. Then after a lunch of tomato soup and bread we learnt how to use a knife in knifecraft, we made tent pegs using only a piece of wood and learnt different techniques of cutting wood. That was the end of our trip and we had to say goodbye to the forest and walk back to the bus. It was a great weekend with cool instructor and all-in-all an amazing experience.

Post written by Charles in Year 9.