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The children continue to do us proud with their team building skills, collaboration, perseverance and independence. They've faced lots of challenges and the fresh air and bracing walks  mean they go to bed tired!
Today the group tunnelled around the Outward Bound centre, built shelters and designed and made our raft ready for tomorrow's sail. We applied our collaborative skills and encouraged people through the warren of tunnels below the ground. Many of us were apprehensive, including Mrs. Brady, but we all did the activity! Excellent. We then built shelters and designed our rafts. Our DT skills were put to the test as we designed, made and evaluated our use of ropes and knots. Let's hope they float tomorrow.
Today the group walked through the cloud up to Gowbarrow Fell (481m). We didn't stay long on the summit as  it was very windy! We took it in turns to lead the group, developing our leadership and observation skills. We walked back to Ullswater in sunshine, identifying Wood Sorrel and tasting it. Yummy, just like apple skin!
We then stopped off at Watermillock Church to admire the architecture before heading back to the centre. Looking forward to another adventure tomorrow!
Today the group began by learning and rehearsing skills on site that would help them on their day of adventure today. We then travelled over to Howtown and donned our boiler suits and went tunnelling. It was very wet and dark but we loved having the opportunity to explore! We then travelled to Boredale and climbed the gorge. We worked extremely well as a team and used skills learnt today including a Roman handshake and spotting. This evening we are orienteering on site.
Today the group boarded the minibus to the beautiful Boredale valley.After donning our waterproofs, safety helmets and harness's we made our way up the gorge. We overcame many barriers while wading through some deep water at times. We created our own dam and then cascaded the water all over us! Another fun filled day for Johnson!
We travelled further afield today (we could see Carlisle and the Scottish border!) and through the wind and cloud climbed a rock face. We learnt how to tie special knots to keep us safe and we had to work as a team to ensure a successful ascent and descent of the rock faces. There were three levels of difficulty and most of the group decided to go for it and challenge themselves. With the encouragement of the group, Mrs Cowdery made it!
We began our adventure at one of the most well known beauty spots; Aira Force. At the bottom of the waterfall we had a forage through the forest looking for mushrooms, leaves and identifying poo! We played Winnie the Pooh's favourite game at the top of the waterfall and then branched off and walked up the fell. Once we reached the top, it was time for lunch. Although the view was amazing, it was extremely windy and so we ate in the group shelter (a huge parachute). On the descent we identified native trees to the area and their importance to the landscape. I wonder what tomorrow brings.
The mini bus transported us to Howtown where we ascended Hallin Fell, this was quite challenging as it was steep in places and the grass was wet and slippy; however, we encouraged and supported each other to reach the top where we felt very proud of ourselves. The view was stunning as we sat eating our lunch. After taking an easier route down, we then used ropes to climb the side of a rock face; this required more team work as each person pulled the ropes to help their team mates climb up and abseil back down. Finally, we were treated to thrilling ride on the speed boat across Ullswater back to the Centre. A fabulous day was enjoyed by all, even when it tested our perseverance skills to the limits.


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