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PGL Weekend Caythorpe Court

What a weekend?

Friday night till Sunday night packed full with activities. This included the Giant Swing, Zip Wire, Survival 1, Jacobs Ladder, Quad bikes, Climbing, Abseiling, Challenge Course, High Ropes Course and Problem Solving. Also games of Basketball and Ambush.

We arrived at Caythorpe at around 6, to find a good site and a great Groupie Colin. We then sat down for our first meal for the weekend, there was a couple of choices and veggie option. After Tea which was good we where shown to our accommodation for the weekend. Most of us where shocked as we have never been in such a nice place with scouts and told it was our room not the leaders. The room was of a good size and huge bathroom. After setting in, we played Ambush around the site for about 45mins this is where the group was split into 2 teams one would hide and the other would follow a trail of cones and try and find the team hiding, if the second team walked past the first team, the team hiding would shout Ambush. Then we had the option to play Basketball or carry on with ambush. After a game of Basketball we settled in for the evening in the lounge, and got to know all the people in the group better, talking about things we enjoyed and how we thought the rest of the weekend would be. We went to bed about 11.30.

Saturday 'Bum Bum Do you what to be Crazy!'

After getting up, we all meet in the lounge and waited for Colin, talking about the activities for the day, which where Zip Wire, Quad bikes, Giant Swing and Climbing. Colin took us for a tour of the site before breakfast. After breakfast we had a few minutes to put on more layers and it was a windy day.

high ropesWe walked to the Zip wire, I was talking to Aaron and he thought it was a small little zip wire with a rope you sat on. He was in for a surprise. The wire was about 10 metres off the ground, and you wore a waist & chest harness, this was clicked on to a wire and you jumped off a platform and zipped down the wire. We saw superman impressions a few times and I did a chicken impression the second time, the first time I was unsure but the instructor was really good and reassuring.

Quad biking was good to take part in and watch other crash into the tyre wall. We had two instructors and on the way back down to the store Lex told us to walk behind as Liz was not a good driver, a few seconds after getting this information we looked out the safety hut and there was Liz with the quad bike in the tyre wall, After this we Steve and Malc called her 'Lady Elizabeth' as she rode the Quad in Side saddle.

high swingAfter Dinner we walked down to the GIANT swing, it was big. After putting on the harness 2 people where put onto the swing you did not sit on it you where clipped onto a metal bar. The other members of the team worked together to put the people as far as they wanted to go. Most people went to the top and the person on the left hand side pulled a cord to let the swing, swing. But before it started swing you dropped of a short moment, where one person saw Jesus – we know so because he shouted out to him.

Climbing was on a new looking climbing wall, at the start the wall was dry and was quite easy to climb at the bottom the middle was hard for short people like me and Aaron but we managed to get all the way to the top and ring the bell with was pretty cool. Half way though it started raining and the wind picked up, this made it hard to grip on the hand holes as your hands where freezing.

After Tea, Colin asked the group if we would want to do an evening activity like Jacobs Ladder, so we did. This was good fun and helped us work as a team. Most groups getting to the top or close to. I think Lauren was a really good team leader for our team as she helped all of us get up and was encouraging us to continue up to the top. I am really pleased I have done it now. And we started the Human Microwave, KT was cold so me, Greeny, Chef and Azz hugged around her and started to turn making microwave noises then Lauren, Josh, Kelly, Nathan, Emle, GRB, Peter and Chris joined in. After about 2 minutes in the Microwave KT was feeling a little bit warmer and a whole lot dizzier so the microwave pinged and the circle was dismissed.

That night we went to the lounge and talked with the leaders till around midnight.

Sunday 'Whoops said the Flea there’s a horsy on me'

The activities for the day, High Ropes, Survival 1, Abseiling and Challenge Course. Some of the Group were looking forward to the high ropes, others not quiet as sure.

After breakfast we all got the harnesses on ready for the high ropes, (with Lady Elizabeth of the Quad bikes being our instructor for this session) there were only 12 clippy things on the course, so I was tied to the post to watch the others go round first, this was good as I could see what to do and which where the easy bits, Nathan kindly let me have his clippy thing so I started my big Adventure round the high ropes, I forget about it being high and went round the first half fine, but on the tyres I looked down and thought what am I doing, but the second time round I really enjoyed it and me and peter where trying to find the best way to do an obstacle.

Survival 1, We walked down in to the forest and did some hard core tracking signs to start the activity. This was good as it brought out team work as we had to decide as a team how to do the sign, our team went BIG. It was good to see other team’s ideas, like use of leaves and tyres. We were then asked to work in teams to build shelters, our team choose to make a lean to with about 1ft of leaves on top which took a lot of collecting, but at the end Me, Chef, Lauren and Greeny stood on it and it did not collapse, it only broke when we started jumping on it.

After dinner we took part in abseiling which was good fun and a new experience for some people, it also helped some people gain more confidence to take bigger jumps and go faster.

team ready fro actionThe Challenge Course, started with a zip wire race (ones you sat on) which was going to be a twice down the wire race but ended up being a 3 times down the wire race, and good to watch other people do it. After this we did the Challenge Course, this was a obstacle course with High walls, low walls, Tyre box, Zip wire and other things. There were 2 teams and we where racing against each other like a relay, I was racing Ian, which was good fun. He cheated by rolling down the rigging. I was at the top and it just made me laugh, I could not go down I was laughing too much.

We had some spare time before Tea so we did the problem solving course, the first one we did no one would listen to anyone elses ideas so it did not work that well, the second one was a little better, but the third one was great, it was the tyre crossing, which did not involve the tyre (how confusing).

After the day of activities it was time of Tea and then Goodbyes and a good sing song, but only one song. I wonder what that could be? Of course - 'Bum Bum Do you what to be Crazy?'

The weekend was Amazing and it is a shame that only 13 people took part in the weekend when 25 people could have gone. I enjoyed meeting new people and doing new activities that I would never have thought of doing before. And learning a new song thanks to Malc and Steve. I think everyone including the PGL Staff went away singing:

Bum bum do you want to be crazy.
Bum bum do you want to be nuts like us.
Silly and Foolish all day long.
Boom boom do you want to be crazy.
Horsy and the flea and three blind mice,
Sitting on a curb stone shooting dice.
Horsy slipped and fell on flea.
WHOOPs said flea there’s a horsy on me

I would like to say thanks to Malc for winning this Great weekend, and thanks to Steve and Ian for coming on the Event and to the PGL Staff for making it a Weekend I will not forget (till another one anyway).

Em Mawer

Check out the photos from Malc and Ian