Gilwell 2017 – Part 3

September 29, 2017 at 18:24 Leave a comment

Yes. That’s right. We’ve come to the end of another exciting Gilwell visit. It’s been fantastic watching the children take on new challenges and grow in confidence and independence this year.

Thursday was another fun filled activity day with three activity slots during the morning and afternoon. After the activities, the Peter Harrison lodge had a shop visit whilst the Branchet lodge had some cocoa. After this it was our final meal in the big meal tent! A sumptuous bbq chicken and chips or a broccoli and cheese pasta was followed with milk and white chocolate magnums. The children gave the catering team a richly deserved round of applause, which was lovely to see. The food has been excellent this year!

After dinner, we had another visit to our campfire and sang long into the night. Luckily, we had George and his guitar and he lead us in singing various Beatles classics, We Are the Champions, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, You’ve Got A Friend In Me and the Ben Jonson hit Ocean Blue. These were interspersed with Alex leading Everywhere We Go, Boom-chic-a-boom and (of course) The Bungalow. The highlight however was a group of children from Mediterranean Class who had written a song about a doll called Sheila!

Friday opened with a brioche breakfast, followed by the children tidying and packing up their rooms. We went on a lovely walk with a stunning view over to London city centre. The way there was a bit challenging due to the mud but the children showed great resilience in making it. All that was left to do now was have a final lunch and get on the coaches back to Ben Jonson!

The children have been magnificent. The adults have been superb – both those who were with us and those providing support from school. I would like to thank everyone for making Gilwell such a success once again! Roll on Gilwell 2018!

Alex

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