Learn & Experience

North Camp, Week 3, 2018

July 23, 2018

Monday, 23rd July

A little poem written by Harriet (& Paul) to start off Week 3…

Week three began
with crumpets and jam
and a lively game of dodgeball.
Campers old and new
they dodged and they threw
soft balls in the great sports hall.

Much fun was had
playing capture the flag
in adventure this Monday morning.
Sports was lacrosse
origami was boss
and none of the children were yawning.

The afternoon came
football was the game
while our artists got messy with paint.
The adventurers built dens
whilst making new friends
and behaviour was that of a saint.

The afternoon sun
Brought out more fun
With our sumo suits and water slide.
Slipping and sliding
the campers went flying
down the hill they did glide.

Icebreakers began
we thought and we ran
through a range of unusual games.
We tried fancy dress
and did our best to impress
as we learned all new faces and names.

As night time adorned
our campers all yawned
with hot chocolate our nice evening treat.
We looked to tomorrow
with excitement not sorrow
today’s fun we’ll be sure to repeat.

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Tuesday, 24th July

Tuesday morning started with a delicious breakfast of eggs on toast and there was a huge buzz for SCUBA, SCUBA! The campers got to test their skills in the pool as the ducked and dived for pool toys and played underwater frisbee.

The rest of the campers warmed up with dodgeball, which got incredibly competitive as the tutors tried to claw back a game, from their numerous defeats this week. This morning the campers had a choice of beachball and netball or friendship bracelets and stop motion videos.

Bench-ball was fierce as the ball whizzed from one end of the court to the next with campers running after it. The two teams fought hard, and enjoyed the competitiveness of the game. After the break they tried their skills at netball and Tutor Bonnie shared her interception skills with the children. It was a great morning for them and they arrived at lunch with red faces, full of energy.

In creative it was a much calmer affair as the children moved whole from one gap in their card to another to create some lovely friendship bracelets and others moulded clay into wonderful characters and creatures.

The English group ventured into Bedale to buy the ingredients for Harriet’s birthday cake. They found the recipe online and had to decipher the instructions to make sure it was fit for their English teacher.

Lunch was curry to refuel before this afternoons activities.

In the afternoon SCUBA continued, with the addition of whittling, miniature gardens and indoor hockey.

Indoor hockey was great fun, first they learnt some skills of passing and after that did a tournament with 3 teams. Ion creative the children scavenged for decorative nature materials to design their own miniature garden and the adventurers spent their afternoon by the campfire whittling pieces of wood into different shapes.

It was campfire this evening and it would have to go down as one of the best in L&E history. There were some incredible singalongs and some individual performances by both staff and students. The all important toasting of marshmallows occurred and then it was time for hot chocolate and bed. With warm tummies and big smiles on their faces, the campers went to bed, excited for what Wednesday will bring.

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Wednesday, 25th July

It’s the middle of the week and our campers have had a fun filled day of activities! We started off the day with a simple breakfast of toast but our campers were ready and rearing to go for the morning activities.

Our sport option was an exciting game of Ultimate Frisbee played on the large cricket green; just as well, considering we had just received our newest purchase of awesome frisbees! The sun was shining and spirits were incredibly high. Unfortunately one of our tutors was a bit TOO excited during ultimate frisbee and managed to injure his ankle when taking an action dive to catch the frisbee…
For those creative creatures amongst us we had a wonderful session of music video making. All of our campers dressed up in our endless array of fancy dress costumes and made up dance routines to George Ezra’s popular song ‘Shotgun’. The clips for this will be displayed in our week recap video during Oscars night on Friday.
The adventure option for today was a firm favourite; canoeing. The campers have the opportunity to travel off-campus to Ellerton park to take part in many fun team building actives on the water as well as the opportunity to canoe in their teams on the beautiful lake in the sun.

Lunch was a great old British summer favourite of burgers and chips, accompanied by a plentiful supply of salads… So not to worry, they are all getting their 5-a-day! After lunch the next set of adventure campers went canoeing, whilst the sporting campers were treated to a lovely session of tennis on the tennis courts at the front of the school; enjoying the sun and even teaching some of our tutors how to play tennis as well as them! The creative campers were feeling musical again after lunch and took part in some karaoke in the theatre. There was an array of singing abilities… but everyone had a great time working in their teams to put on a performance to remember.

After a dinner of pizza, the evening activity was a relaxed movie night in the theatre. Blankets, pillows and even some sweets were brought down and the campers were able to watch a newly released movie ‘Jumangi rebooted’ which was enjoyed by everyone. Some of our tutors might have even enjoyed it more than the campers!

So now everyone is off to bed, excited and ready for tomorrow. The sun is on course to be shining as brightly as today followed by our famous L&E theme night tomorrow evening… stay tuned!

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Thursday, 26th July

Then morning kicked off with a breakfast of crumpets and toast and cereal to fuel the day of activities. The sports activity for the morning involved the traditional British sport of croquet with a small number of keen and dedicated players. Morning adventure on campus took on the exciting challenge of archery learning basic archery skills and honing these on two targets. At the end of the session commencing a rapid fired competitive round involving tow teams with one shot per member. The delicious task for the creative morning group was the baking of muffins. Specifically these were iced with a time old favourite chocolate.

The off camp adventure option that spanned the day was rock climbing in the old quarry groups taking the challenge of four ropes. These ranging in difficulty from following cracks to grasping onto finger and toe holds to surmount the challenges. Many campers 


The afternoon session sport activities initially began with a intense match of rounders both teams sending it far and fast and far into the outfield. Though one team did have breakaway before the afternoon break. The other option voted unanimously by campers was a free swim session to escaped the oppressive heat of the day. The creative option for the afternoon involved optical illusions drawn on paper and created from cardboard for mind bending effects enjoyed to much delight to the campers.

With Thursday comes theme night and on this night we had a Disney murder mystery. Initially beginning with a fake Oscars with special guests from multiple Disney movies , but the as the introductions came to a close a scream and Mickey the Mouse had been murdered. Each the campers where given the task to commence a investigation into the motives and alibis of the Disney guests. Each of the Disney characters spread across the camp and were interview giving many stories and contradicting evidence and hints while offering campers activities. Bobbing for apples with snow white, pool noodle fights with general Chang and Giraffe stretching with Rafiki. While the rest of the characters where located around campus. The finale culminated in the interrogations and extra evidence presented by Sherlock Holmes. The the murder weapon being poisoned hair spray. Each character was voted against form the campers to who was the murder the prime suspect being Captain Jack Sparrow followed by prince charming. Though through DNA testing the true culprit was found to be Prince Charming himself wanting the Disney throne. Campers seized him as he tried to run and justice was served.

With the mystery solved and hot chocolate drunk all collapsed into bed after a eventful and enjoyable day.

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Friday, 27th July

Fridays at L&E can only mean two things, triathlon and the Oscars!!! Today began with a filling breakfast, which in turn pumped the campers up for their final dodgeball game of the week. To this date, the tutors have not yet managed to win in the classic dodgeball game of ‘tutors vs campers’, but there is still hope for the final week at north camp, fingers crossed!
Water polo proved to be the most popular activity this morning, as almost half the camp opted to play and prove their amazing water polo skills. The campers were dedicated to the game to the extent that they chose to play throughout their break, and in the end, following a tense stand-off of a 20-20 score, the game concluded with a decisive golden goal.
The creative session this morning was extremely successful as the campers drew portraits and in turn embraced their inner ‘Leonardo da Vinci’s’. The activity was enjoyed by all of those who took part, and hopefully we will be seeing some of the campers’ artwork in museums or galleries in the future!
Friday morning also witnessed the apparent arrival of Cupid, as there was love in the air in the English class. The campers took part in ‘Speed Dating’, which proved to be an excellent opportunity for them to get to know their fellow campers, but also to practice their English skills.
The main event of the afternoon was without a doubt the traditional L&E triathlon, where all the campers threw themselves into each activity. They split themselves into teams of three, where each person would either swim, complete the obstacle course or run laps of the field. The campers all completed the triathlon out of breath but with huge smiles on their faces, which is what we like to see!
Ultimately, the night concluded with the highlight of the week – the Oscars!! It was wonderful being able to acknowledge the success of the week as well as how amazing all the campers have been! After the awards ceremony, the campers danced the night away in a disco filled with excellent tunes before enjoying their hot chocolate and going to bed in high spirits.

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North Camp, Week 2, 2018

July 16, 2018

Monday, 16th July

The children began their first day of week 2 North Camp with a hearty breakfast of delicious British crumpets and toast. Afterwards they partook in the iconic L&E tradition of morning dodgeball, in which a small tournament was established, and the children fought to take their team to the top. The children then chose one of three options for the morning activities, netball, den building, and papier mache balloon making.

Although it did start to rain (in typical English fashion), this didn’t dampen the spirits of our campers one bit, as the den builders raced to construct a shelter and the netballers fled to the sports hall, the activities continued without interruption. Campers partaking in our creative class got stuck into a messy session of papier mache, whilst others got to grips with friendship bracelets, the poor weather posed no obstacle! Those studying English braved the rain and ventured into Bedale for an exciting scavenger hunt

Having refilled our engines, the groups then chose their second activity of the day. Hockey was very popular, however somewhat overshadowed by an excellent scavenger hunt created by Harriet, where the children had to solve a riddle in order to get all the clues to find the hidden prize. The children in creative let their imaginations run wild when creating pompom hairbands and mysterious characters.

After a dinner of fish fingers and chips, the children prepared for arguably one of the best nights of camp (amongst others), icebreakers! The campers were split into teams in order to take on a series of exciting and hilarious icebreakers, which ultimately ended with determined campers yelling ‘chubby bunny’ in an attempt to win the final game. After a great evening, the campers settled down with hot chocolate before bed, concluding the first day of north camp week 2.

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Tuesday, 17th July

With a hearty British classic of bacon ‘sarnies for breakfast, some very energised campers with made their way over to the sport’s hall to commence the morning with an exhilarating game of dodgeball. The tutors verses campers match saw the tutors quickly annihilated, soon realising that winning against 72 campers is quite the challenge! The day opened with scuba diving, which continued throughout the day to ensure that all campers got the chance to snorkel with the infamous Scuba Steve. Those partaking in creative embarked on an incredibly enthusiastic session of karaoke, accompanied by some gorgeous solos and choreographed dances. Those opting for adventure got involved with some archery (a special shout out to Sara who scored a perfect bull’s eye!) which proved very popular. Regardless of some rainy outbursts in the morning, sport continued with a game of five aside football in the sports hall which resulted in sweaty faces all around!

With another stereotypically British meal of beef stew, our campers returned to their afternoon activities. Scuba diving continued, whilst some sunny outbreaks allowed for a fantastic game of tennis for those opting for sport. The creative session ran with a variety of options – continuing papier mache, creating photo frames and ‘ancient’ art pieces fashioned into treasure maps, there was an option for everyone! Activities were concluded with some free time in the pool, exhibiting some fabulous pool-acrobatics and water fights.

Evening activities consisted of a warm up game of catch the flag and a series of competitive team games, prior to our greatly anticipated weekly campfire! Having chanted some of our campfire classics, groups took to the stage to perform, many of which featuring national anthems, whilst others sung solo pieces, seeking reward for some coveted marshmallows. With marshmallows toasted, and hot chocolates finished, our very happy campers go to sleep content and tired after yet another busy day at North Camp, in anticipation for the fun to be had tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 18th July

As we come to half way through week 2, the new campers have really settled in to life at L&E, tried lots of new activitities and found new friendships. After the jolly singalongs at last night’s campfire the kids woke up bright and full of energy ready to take on another day of fun. Fueled by boiled eggs and toast, dodgeball got everyone working together before splitting off for morning activities.
Creative was outdoor chalk drawings and we added lots of colour to the basketball court and walls. The sport option was rugby and with an enthusiastic bunch of campers, the game was very close. We had a delicious adventure option onsite, making muffins in oranges on the campfire, and as it was so popular we offered it again in the afternoon. The English group also had a chance to bake after discussing food, restaurant role play and exploring menus – their jam tarts were scrumptious!
With canoeing an option in both morning and afternoon lots of campers had the chance to give it a go – some for the first time. We had a slalom course, a couple of games of water polo and even sang head, shoulders, knees and toes while standing and jumping in the canoes. We had a couple of kids falling/jumping out and we all went swimming at the end before heading back for lunch.

Filling up on bangers and mash, salad and fruit the campers then had a little free time before afternoon activity choices. After the horse riders and canoeists set off and the campfire was relit the rest of the camp had a choice between sport and creative. Ultimate frisbee was the sport option with just the right amount of competive spirit to keep it interesting. For creative, the campers were also up and about with a dance session then a yoga class. They were taught a piece of choreogphy, some floor work and had the chance to freestyle and work in pairs. The yoga session left our brains and bodies feeling calm and rested with some giggles when our balances didn’t quite work out. With some free time before dinner, lots of the campers chose to go to the pool to squeeze in a little more fun before a dinner of pasta and garlic bread, with most going for seconds.

After a very physical day, we were happy that movie night gave us a chance to chill out in our pjs. With this week’s theme being Spy Games, our movie of choice was ‘Johnny English’, which the campers thought was hilarious. It was soon time for hot chocolate and a good nights sleep ready for tomorrow’s adventures.

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Thursday, 19th July

This morning we had breakfast as normal at 8:15 followed by a game of dodgeball between 9 and 10 am, to warm us all up for the days activities. The sport activity for this morning was waterpolo which was held at the swimming pool. A group went out rock climbing as the mornings adventure activity, and the rest of the adventurers played a game of capture the flag and the creative group had a morning of nature art. This concluded the morning activities before lunch.

The afternoon activities consisted of a second group going out rock climbing for the adventure activity, and the rest of the adventure group going out to do some tree climbing. A small group of 8 had an afternoon of football out on he field which was very enjoyable session even though the number of players were limited. The waterslide was a whirlwind ride of opportunity and adventure which was run by a few of the camp tutors while the rest prepared for the evenings theme night.

The theme of this week was ‘Spy Night’ and was a huge evening event which took place at various stations around the school. We had a number of mysterious yet fun and energetic games and activities set up by our L&E staff. Games like, Water balloon target practice, Interrogation room and a small casino where the campers could bet skittles on the games they played. Tonight was a great success for all the staff and campers and there was no better way to end the night with a cup of hot chocolate in the dining hall with the whole group before bed after an exhausting day.

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Friday, 20th July

What a day to finish off the second week of Learn & Experience North camp! It has been an epic week with plentiful laughter and kindness at the abundance.

Can’t be more proud of the group of young people that have attended this week. They have risen above all tasks and taken on activities like absolute professionals.

We started the day with a wholesome cooked breakfast, a select few were picked to go on the outdoor adventure to Brimham where they were able to clamber across rocks and be true outdoor explorers.

While they were away the others were able to let loose in the dodgeball hall. Some for the last time.

Then teams were split, one for creative to create masterpieces of art and crafts! The others were sent out to fiercely battle on the rounders pitch!

Lunch was consumed and the everyone joined in to feast on a rather quality spread of cooked food and salad.

Soon enough, after some free time, we regrouped as a whole to see which group could create the ultimate bin bag extraordinaire outfit. A catwalk was set out and 7 fabulous looking individuals strutted their stuff in their bin bag masterpieces. Finally Albane and Fergus were the winners with their strut and truly creative outfits!

Everyone sat around for what was the final supper for many, afterwards packing their bags and preparing their Oscar outfits!

It was an excellent evening!! Oscars took off with a wham and a bam.
Music – Fergus
Kindest – Theo
Helpful – Nina
Creative – Elise
Happiest – Paul
Sports – Sven
Adventure – Alexandre
Rising star – Karol
Star -David

We had a trio of gymnastics, a piano recital by Zoe, the polish national anthem (lead was Karol, taking a magnificent stand whilst backed by a dozen enthusiastic fellow campers), Zoe-Marie lead a French solo, Fergus and Simon lead a chant!

We finished the evening with a quality montage of the week in photos and videos and a raving disco where the campers were cutting shapes and showing their skills!

Hot chocolate and off they all went to bed with high spirits!

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Weekend

This weekend the L&E North Camp, happy campers travelled to Whitby. A lovely countryside town where the streets a lined with fish and chips shops and old sweet shops, with ice cream stalls dotted in between. It was a cloudy but warm day and the children roamed the streets enjoying what the town had to offer. Some of them braving to feel the temperature of the sea and others climbing the 199 steps to get a panoramic view of the town.

In the evening the campers settled in with some popcorn to watch The Avengers and then it was hot chocolate and bed.

We had many campers leave us this weekend and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when new found friendships had to say their goodbyes. But, next summer is in the distance and there has already been plans to reunite at L&E 2019.

This evening we welcomed many new campers to the North and there were many smiling faces as they enjoyed their BBQ dinner. The games on the field we very competitive but broke down some of the ice for new friendships to blossom. With a quick hot chocolate before bed, campers are in their beds dreaming of the adventures they will have this week.

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North Camp, Week 1, 2018

July 8, 2018

First Sunday Night, 8th July

With the sun beating down on yet another (surprisingly) gorgeous July day, the commencement of North Camp 2018 could not have started on a sweeter note. As the students bounded into camp, the tutors excitedly awaited their arrival. 

With some strenuous exercise carrying some rather heavy suitcases up the seemingly never-ending four flights of stairs, we were all rewarded with a wonderful barbecue, allowing campers both old and new to catch up and familiarise themselves with their fellow campers.

With the sun continuing to defy the odds and shine down on a happy bunch of campers, appeased and content with full tummies, the famous L&E games began. The evening commenced with a very fast paced game of ‘Splat’, followed by fruit basket, 40/40 and an old classic; British Bulldogs, we all saw a glimmer of the amazing fun to be had for the next four weeks. As a gorgeous sunset drew to a close, the campers slowly left the field and filed into the school for another annual camp debrief, concluding on a chant of our infamous mantra, ‘Be kind, be kind, be kind!’

As the chatter in the rooms slowly softened, the lights dimmed and the hubbub of the school eventually drawing to a close, North Camp 2018 looks to be our best year yet.

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Monday, 9th July

This morning started with a hearty breakfast of crumpets and honey which went down a treat and filled the children’s bellies in preparation for their first full day of camp. The warm-up was, the ever popular, dodgeball and as usual the children were victorious!!  The morning activities to choose from were basketball, canoeing and den building and, with the sun high in the sky, the children were keen to get started. 

After a wander through the extensive grounds the den builders found the ideal location for their grand designs.  Not only did they manage to build some amazing structures they also managed to decorate them.  The children showed some awesome teamwork and reminded us that in fact – teamwork makes the dreamwork!  Tim’s insatiable ability to get the basketball from ANYWHERE was quite outstanding but little Miguel was able to swish the ball from left, right and rhubarb.  

The canoeists spent the day on the water both in both the morning afternoon and again, we were lucky with the weather.  There was some falling and jumping in the water at the end as always!

The afternoon’s creative session was decoupage flower pots and tissue flowers to decorate their new rooms, adding lots of colour across camp. We also introduced the campers to this week’s World Cup theme and learned a bit about each other.  Today’s sport continued with an afternoon football tournament, in the penalty shootout Mani was amazing – his tenacity earned him “Person of the Match”.

Monday night means only one thing – ice-breakers!  New records were set in many categories.  Issac has obviously been practicing since last year and crushed the old chubby bunnies record and managed to get 17 marshmallows in his mouth whilst still being coherent.  Harriet (tutor) managed to catch an egg which was a new record for her, unfortunately the egg broke all over her!  We finished icebreakers with the egg drop where each team designs the safest way to drop an egg while keeping it intact……..3 out 8 eggs made it to the bottom! 

With new friendships made, everyone got into PJs for hot chocolate before bed.

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Tuesday, 10th July

As the sun rose on the 2nd full day of camp this year, campers woke up bright and early, prepared for another action packed day. Breakfast offered up the treat of some bacon, tomatoes and toast, the perfect fuel for the following dodgeball session. The kids dodged, ducked, dipped and dived through the mornings warm up activity, and left the dodgeball hall raring to go for the plethora of activities on offer for the morning session.

The morning activities were varied, but all proved popular amongst campers. For the English lessons a paper plane making, fact finding mission, all with the focus on the past and future tenses, transitioned into a summer themed singing activity with the focus on adjectives. Our sport enthusiasts tackled the challenge of touch rugby, our adventure campers had the exciting experience of scuba diving in our very own pool with a professional instructor, and the creative group were focusing on making flag and bunting (it’s almost as if there was a big game coming up.

The afternoon activities of campfire preparation, ultimate Frisbee and creating friendship bracelets were short, but immensely popular, as we needed to fit time for our first giant water slide session of the summer. The old favourite L&E waterslide was back, and oh boy was it back with a bang! Who’d have guessed that a hill, tarpaulin, washing up liquid and sumo wrestling could be the ingredients for the perfect summer afternoon?

After a dinner of enchiladas, it was time for the inaugural campfire of 2018. We boochickarooed our way through multiple campfire classics, and were then treated to some magnificent performances from campers and tutors, with a particular shoutout going to Greta for her superb rendition of Shawn Mendes’ ‘Stitches’. Finally, we had the big screen up and the seats in place, it was time for the game, the big one (or warm up for tomorrow), France vs Belgium. A great atmosphere, largely created from having campers from both nationalities, ensured the game was cheered on in a friendly but competitive spirit.

After the match ended we finished with some hot chocolate, and all tired after such a fun filled day, retired to bed, looking forward to continuing with the L&E adventure tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 11th July

Today, yet again, we had beautiful weather in sunny Yorkshire. After a a delicious breakfast of fresh bread rolls and toast with cheese and ham we embarked on the morning warm up of dodgeball! The game was very intense and as the balls wizzed and whirled around the sports hall children dove and rolled out of line of fire.

The morning activities were very exciting. The adventure option was canoeing and the children basked in the glorious sunlight as they paddled through the lake. In the spirit of the ‘Word Cup’ they played football on the water, manoeuvring their canoes around some tricky turns to score goals against each other. However, the children spent more time in water capsized rather than in their boat and ended their trip with some dives and flips into the lake. It was so clear that they could see the fishes swimming along the lake floor.

Our sport option, was a game of kickball which is a cross between football, rounders, and baseball. The children rally enjoyed the competitiveness of the game and there were some outstanding sportswomen and men amongst them.

Durning the English lessons the students wrote stories and busting out some awesome acting skills during a game of charades. We are hoping to see more of this in their presentation later in the week.

In the creative activity the kids were painting some graffiti walls, working in groups to create a wall with their names and a picture. A few people also designed their own football kits. In the afternoon the kids did movie making and a dance routine.

In the afternoon the children also had the opportunity to chose a second adventure option of a very exciting scavenger hunt. Clues were dotted round the school and they had to find them, but after each clue there were more items that the group had to carry and/or wear that would make it harder for them to reach the next clue quicker. Out was a very entertaining display of determination and learning, mixed with a lot of fun and laughter.

Sports in the afternoon lead with relay races between the pizzas, the doughnuts, the burgers and the marshmallows. They competed in events such as the egg and spoon race and the three legged race. It is noted that that no harm came to any eggs during the competition.

After a delicious dinner of homemade pizza, the group split up, some people were watching the movie Coco, and others watched the horrendously shocking football match where most of us cried. Although it wasn’t a great day for England and their World Cup dream, at L&E the children have gone to bed with bellies full of hot chocolate and excitement for what the next few days of camp will bring!

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Thursday, 12th July

The sunrise brought a overcast and cool morning  revitalising there children as they bounded down  the stairs and started off with an hearty serving of scrambled eggs, beans and toast to fuel a busy day.The morning session proved enjoyable and challenging covering the three zones. The sport option being split into two activities the first being handball. Teams separating themselves into 4 groups in a torment fashion, the competition was fierce  but  the Muchachalataas came out on top. Following this was bench ball a camp favourite where the children had to pass a ball to a team mate on a bench and join them till none where left on the field to win.

The adventure choice for the day was  thrilling rock climbing testing the children’s  nerves and  stamina conducted at Down Holmes quarry. Scaling  walls of varying degrees of challenge coming back to camp exhausted but with a sense of achievement.

The creative section consisted of game creation and owing to the season being the world cup these mainly revolved around football. One of the standouts consisted of a box painted and designed like a field and pompoms used for balls and straws to move it. A simple and enjoyable game that all could play.

The afternoon session matched the intensity and enjoyment of the first with sports involving tennis under the cleared sky. Ordering the children by experience across three fields so all could enjoy and learn as they played. This followed by indoor hockey coming down to a golden goal to break the tie.The creative options has a edible version where the children followed a tutor through the baking and design of biscuits. Following a  simple but direct  recipe the end result being delectable and shared  to their peers delight. Rock climbing proceeding through the day. 

Once dinner consisting of of pasta and rice ended ,they would needs its energy, theme night commenced. In this case the night revolved around the world cup. The children where separated into eight countries painted themselves to their nation and went  trough eight activities organised by tutors. These  consisting of flag naming, Tabletop football and commentating, catch the tears, fan celebrating, balloon keepsiupsies, slow motion dives and relays. All of these collecting red cards to be used at the finale, a penalty shoot out. These cards could be exchanged for extra shots  in the competition beyond the normal number. The air was charged but silent for each shot and explosive in its completion. In the end five teams being joint victor.

The night came to a end with exhausted bodies but smiling faces looking forward to the next day. 

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Friday, 13th July

This morning began with many exhausted, yet happy campers, all of whom had spent their previous evening running around enthusiastically during the World Cup theme night. After enjoying a filling breakfast of bacon, toast and fruit, the day kicked off with the usual dodgeball warm up activity, followed by four exciting morning options. The students taking part in English lessons worked hard interviewing and asking their fellow campers and tutors questions such as ‘what is your favourite activity at camp?’ before successfully writing and compiling their own L&E newsletter together.

The other morning activities to choose from were campfire cooking, postcard and friendship bracelet making and rounders/indoor football. The adventure option of campfire cooking was incredibly popular as the campers enthusiastically participated in building the campfire, before making chocolate chip and sultana muffins, encased inside orange skins. The creative use of orange skins was a huge success and provided the muffins with a hint of orange flavour, but despite them being incredibly delicious, the muffins did not hinder the appetite of our campers.

We then enjoyed a delicious lunch of traditional fish and chips, before commencing the main event of the afternoon – the traditional L&E triathlon. The campers were divided into teams of three, with each person taking part in either the swim, run or the obstacle course. Overall the triathlon was a huge success, with prizes awarded to the winners of the bronze, silver and gold categories.

In the end, the night concluded with the famous L&E ‘Oscars’ as many campers were nominated in various categories such as ‘Happiest Camper’, ‘Most Helpful’ and ‘Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind’. A huge congratulations to all of the winners and nominees, especially for Aune, the week one winner of the prestigious ‘Star Camper’ award. The night also included special performances from our talented campers, with singing, dancing and gymnastics performances. The disco was definitely a highlight of the week and allowed all of the campers to celebrate the end of a successful first week at L&E 2018.

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Weekend

And in the blink of an eye the first week of L&E 2018 was over. The children were sad to see campers depart on Saturday morning but their eyes soon dried as they looked towards the trip to York.

The weather was kind to us as we made our way to one of the most beautiful cities in Yorkshire. The children visited old sweet shops, enjoyed the street performers and had a lovely lunch by the minster. It was lovely to see all the campers chatting and enjoying each others company in the presence of such history and culture.

On return to Aysgarth the children were treated with a lovely evening meal and then settled down to watch ‘The Greatest Showman’ on of the staffs favourite movies. The children enjoyed their attempts to sing along to the catchy tunes.

As Sunday arrived there was a obvious build up of energy as the children prepared themselves to welcome new children to camp. They mingled over a few sausages and burgers from the BBQ and then worked together to beat the tutors at some fantastic L&E wide games. After some lovely hot chocolate and our weekly chant of ‘Be Kind, be kind, be kind’ it was time to go up to bed for some sleep. Everyone is very excited for what week 2, 2018 will bring.

Early Booking Discount 2018

October 6, 2017

We are very pleased to release our 2018 Summer Programme…

We’ve worked very hard to keep the prices the same as last year.  The only small increases we’ve made have been to the “extras” to reflect our external provider’s increases.

Until 1st November we are able to offer all next year’s programmes at special discounted prices.

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South Camp Diary – Week 1 & 2

July 31, 2017

Sunday, 30th July

Sunshine, The New Forest and a great group of campers are the best ingredients for an amazing first night at the new L&E South Camp! The children arrived, excited for a new venue, and a new group of friends to be made. They ate a glorious BBQ on the terrace followed by lots of games with the tutors. The campers were undefeated in a game named ‘splat’, much to the tutors frustrations. As the sun set over the old manor house, we all retired to some chocolate cake for Daniel’s birthday and then into our dorms for a good night’s sleep, all excited for what tomorrow will bring!

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Monday, 31st July

Well what a way to start the first south camp! The children all arrived last night and we enjoyed games and a yummy BBQ together to get to know each other.

We hit the ground running today with a great session of Dodgeball, the children vs tutor games got very competitive! We then got straight into activities with one group heading out into the school grounds for some outdoor art, another group into the pool for water polo and the third group hopped into the bus and went down to Mudeford Quay to do some crabbing! The fantastic English teachers took their groups for their lessons.

The outdoor art group used natural resources to create pictures, they have turned out really well! The sporting group had great fun in the pool playing water polo, before heading out to play football after biscuit break. The crabbing group, adventured to Mudeford and had a whale of a time catching a total of 13 crabs!

After a great Lasagne lunch and a little bit of free time, the afternoon activities got underway. The activities included; creating stop-motion videos, den building, yoga, tennis, rounders, kick ball and wood weaving. The children really enjoyed these activities and were all socialising well.

After the activities were finished the pool opened and lots of us enjoyed a cool off! We then enjoyed dinner together and the evening was filled with fantastic ice breaker games from communication games to making up dance routines.

The children have bonded well and the camp could not have started on a better note!

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Tuesday, 1st August

Today’s blog post comes to you in campfire song!

The day started with dodgeball,
What else could it be?
The kids are getting better,
It’s plain to see…
Souki and Shido are Japanese champs,
They hurl the ball faster than a car from a ramp.

We’re having a right laugh at L & E,
Making great friends, you and me.
Many things to do and many places to go
It’s better than North Camp!
I’m telling you so!

After lunch and free-time,
There were towers to climb.
Up them like lizards
Abseiling down fine.
Lacrosse with Ashleigh,
Let’s recap the rules,
We scoop like an ice-cream
And twist like no fools,

We’re having a right laugh at L & E,
Making great friends, you and me.
Many things to do and many places to go
It’s better than North Camp!
I’m telling you so!

A swim to cool off,
Board games in the shade,
Beautiful brownies and fajitas well made,
Songs around the campfire,
Burning marshmallows,
This perfect evening,
Spent among the fellows.

For more photos from Tuesday click here

Wednesday, 2nd August

“My dear rain…As you pour down with all your might,
Will you come to me as my guiding light?
Will you wash my heart?
Will you quench my thirst?”

As Anup B Deen wrote in the poem, the rain can sometimes be a blessing and it certainly didn’t dampen our spirits today!
A group of 17 brave children headed to the Aqua Park and either kayaked or paddle-boarded their way around the huge lake. Great fun was had by all and we are certainly looking forward to returning for the inflatable challenges there tomorrow! Back at the ranch, our English immersion group were in full swing and I am pleased to report great progress (along with a lot of fun) is being made by both groups. The drenched water-sports gang returned to lashings and lashings of hot chocolate and hot showers. Suitably refreshed (and now dry) the Sports Hall was turned into the setting for games and mini challenges. The group skipped, threw and bounced their way into the L&E record books.

After lunch, board-games, badminton, volleyball, origami and dance-choreography were all on the menu. The children had great fun and Shane proved his ability to thrive in the London property market in a very competitive game of Monopoly. Dance rehearsals continued during break-time as the dance crew added the finishing touches to their routine. It was wonderful to hear the children making ‘small-talk’ and really enjoying each other’s company throughout the afternoon. Following a delicious evening meal it was time to contact home before watching the dance show. A couple of stunning solo acts from Elena and Maria who were then joined by Charlotte for a ‘Little Mix’ mash-up; the video proves just how professional and polished the performances were.

Once the popcorn had popped we all settled down to watch, ‘Swallows and Amazons’ in the theatre. Pillows and duvets were strongly encouraged andI had never heard children applauding at the end of a movie before – I guess Jade and Vicky picked well! Finally it was time for hot chocolate and relaxing in the Common room. It spoke volumes about how tired some of the children are as they started to head upstairs to bed before being asked by their tutors.

Sleep-tight L&E South: the sun will come out tomorrow and we have another busy, exciting and enlightening day ahead of us.

For more photos from Wednesday click here

Thursday, 3rd August

After a rainy day on Wednesday everyone was looking forward to the chance to get outside in the sun. Now, we might not have ended up with the completely rain free day Sarah had promised us but that did not stop us and the morning was filled with activities off site.

Those studying English headed into Salisbury to put into practice what they had been learning in lessons. They were split into groups and with the help of an able tutor they had to find their way around the city while completing a scavenger hunt.

The rest of the campers headed out to the New Forest to explore the lovely countryside. They used a GPS device to find Geo Cache orienteering points and had to work as a team to navigate. The campers all reunited after their excursions over a lovely chilli con carne for lunch.

The afternoon was filled with exciting activities; campers showed off their skills on the football pitch and helped to prepare decorations for the theme night ahead of them. Half of the camp headed out for an adventurous afternoon at the water park, jumping and splashing their way around the inflatable obstacle course, lots of fun was had by all!

The day finished with an extravaganza of a theme night. Forres Sandle Manor had the pleasure of welcoming famous World Leaders to dinner, this included Cleopatra, the Queen (x2), Ghandi, Napoleon, Teresa May, and Beyoncé. After being struck down by a natural disaster the campers had to step in and take up the mantle to lead the country. Teams competed in a range of challenges to see who would be strong enough to take the lead, some excelled in grape throwing while others showed their memory skills navigating their way across a minefield game. The night culminated in Team 6 winning the evening’s events and will hopefully be worthy world leaders.

It has been a fantastic day at South Camp, and we have so much more to look forward to!

For more photos from Thursday click here

 

Friday, 4th August

As the final day for some campers approached, we were greeted with some glorious sunshine and tasty waffles and syrup for breakfast. With bellies pleasingly full, the campers headed on down for the final game of dodgeball of the week.

The very excitable campers (and tutors!) set off to the waterpark for their adventure option where they bounced, jumped and spectacularly slipped into the water and off the obstacles including trampolines, stepping stones and swings. It is safe to say that Ashleigh and Rowena need a fair bit more practice before they try again! Our budding musicians got in touch with their inner song writers to create a fabulous song about the four seasons to the theme tune of ‘if you’re happy and you know it’ which went down a treat with the other campers. Our sporting superstars took to the AstroTurf for a hockey session with Vicki and Jade, which saw Hongjie and Josephine stand out from the crowd with their sporting prowess.

A traditional English meal of ‘bangers and mash’ awaited the campers for lunch, which seemed a success as their meals vanished within minutes of arrival! The annual L&E triathlon was postponed due to the lack of bicycles; therefore Sophie and Sammey put their heads together and created a fantastic afternoon which saw the children participate in ‘The Italian Job Relay’. This saw the children split into groups and competing against each other to win more tools and ammunition for the water fight at the end of the afternoon. The children took part in 5 different team events, a ten legged race, a penalty shootout, a Mario-cart timed race, a swimming drag race and ending with eating a biscuit in the fastest time. Hawaiian took the winners medal which resulted in the ‘Pizza’ half of the campers gaining access to water pistols and more water balloons than the ‘Pasta’ team. A quick dip in the pool to warm up after the water fight and a fantastic afternoon of team building, meant that the campers had plenty of time to get themselves ready for the upcoming Oscars evening.

An important part of L&E tradition is to celebrate the achievements and successes that the campers have shown throughout the week and we almost certainly weren’t short of these moments tonight! From Ghassan the camp joker to the kind Beatrice, we had plenty to cheer about. The deserving Moin had the honour of being the recipient of the first ever L&E South camp Star Camper award which is fully deserved and he goes home with some super exciting L&E merchandise to wear!

As the first week of L&E South comes to an end we can look back at some fantastic memories and some wonderful friendships created. We say goodbye to a few campers and hello to a few more on Sunday! But first the campers have a very exciting trip to London tomorrow so are tucked up in bed getting some rest ready for an incredibly busy day!

For more photos from Friday click here

Saturday, 5th August

The campers from L&E South Camp ventured to the big smoke today to explore London and all its glories! They managed to fit a huge amount into the day visiting the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden for some shopping and spent some of their pennies in many of the wondrous shops. Campers visited Harrods to window shop, for many international designers, and then spent some time roaming the food hall to see all the wonderful pastries. They had a great time in Hamley’s checking out all the new and top toys for 2017! They also enjoyed the delights of China Town and many Old English Sweet Shops along the way! They picnicked in Hyde Park, enjoying the beautiful flowers blooming and one of the groups managed to get to the Science Museum and were blown away by the natural disasters exhibit. With tired legs, bellies full of ice cream and sweets and smiles on their faces, we left the big city to head back to camp. It was a wonderful day, with lots of new experiences, laughter and most importantly great friends to share it with.

For more photos from Saturday click here


Sunday, 6th August

It has been a busy day here at L&E with a group of campers off to Oxford for the day and the other ventured to the delights of Fordingbridge where they paddled in the river, explored the village and saw the sweet shops! The weather was very kind to us and there was lots of smiles and excitement over the visiting ducks.

This evening, the many happy South campers welcomed lots of new faces to another fantastic week of L&E! Lots of seasoned campers helped the new children to their dorms and then we enjoyed a glorious BBQ on the terrace. Then the fun began! Many games were played on the field including a very heavily contested game of capture the flag. There were some very impressive manoeuvres from both tutors and pupils to avoid detection in enemy territory.

With hot chocolate warming their bellies they went off to bed and although took a while to quieten down, they are now asleep unaware of the incredible plan the tutors have devised for the week ahead.

For more photos from Sunday click here

Monday, 7th August

Day one, and what a ‘rippa’ of a day it was. From surviving the waters of Fordingbridge, to making sure impacts from heights were going to make crucial members of our team not crack…as the wise Mr Dumpty once said “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.” Time to get serious though, all the kids were safe throughout the whole day. The morning began with our usual breakfast but a victory was foreseen in the future but what was it to be? Some kids to finally shower? Sammy to keep her clothes dry while swimming? Or none one to trip up the stairs? However, low and behold, the Tutors finally won dodge ball against the kids, not once but twice!

After the great celebrations by the Tutors, the kids then chose to either build mini rafts to race down the river in Fordingbridge, lifesaving skills in the pool or create a dance video. At one point, Will thought he could walk on water during the lifesaving skills session but, needless to say, he ended up quite wet. We are yet to see this dance video but after hearing the stories and hearing the laughter, one can only imagine how great the video will be. Mini raft building was a great success, not one raft sunk and all managed to finish the race.


The day seemed to race away and the ice breaking evening was soon upon us. Get to know bingo was lots of laughs with Amelia taking home the bragging rights with the win. Teams were then formed and eggs needed protecting from falling from great heights. Surprisingly 4 out of the 6 teams managed to protect their egg from the world champion egg thrower Sarah and weren’t they proud of it. By the end of the night, many laughs were shared and new friendships made.

For more photos from Monday click here

 

Tuesday, 8th August

Today the heavens opened but with ham and cheese croissants for breakfast, and 3 out of 4 wins for the kids in dodgeball, L&E wasn’t rained off.

The day began with many exciting activities. In sport, a moist game of tag rugby. Our young adventurers set off on a Bear Grylls hike to the forest to build a log den and out mega-huge creative group of magnet makers, sculpting treasures to stick on the fridge. The English group learned about hobbies with a classic game of pictionary with big man, Will.

Lunch was beef or mushroom and broccoli pie with lots of lovely jelly to get us wobbling onto the next activities. The adventurers bounced off the inflatables, at The New Forest aqua park with a particular shout out to Mr Oliver who fearlessly climbed the iceberg and leaped off without a crumb of fear! Others laughed their way through a benchball session, showing off their mad skills with the tunes booming. Another group of campers headed to the stables to ride some elephants/horses. There was notable improvement from everyone, particularly the beginners doing rising trots on their second day, yeeeehaaaaah!!

Water polo in the pool, fajitas and chocolate brownies for tea then off to the bonfire for some games, songs and marshmallows. A huge variation of performers and languages, learning campfire songs that we will always remember. Everyone’s confidence is building, friendships are becoming stronger, brains are boggling and fun is bellowing throughout our beautiful L&E South camp.

Bring on tomorrow!

For more photos from Tuesday click here

Wednesday, 9th August

After a scrummy breakfast, mid-week of camp commenced with the usual lively game of dodgeball, which never fails to get everyone up and ready for the day (even with the dollop of British rain).
After the warm-up, the English class started a show-stopping morning of screen-play and story-writing. Sequined masks, pink feather boas, flamboyant hats and giant glasses aided the prodigy actors and writers.

The new L&E sport activity of Acro-Yoga proved to be a great hit with the campers. All sorts of shapes and balancing acts were performed by the budding acrobats/yogis with mind-blowing flexibility and strength! Meanwhile, the creative among us had a tie-dye session, where white t-shirts were transformed into multi-coloured spiralled art-work.

Over in the woods, the adventurous were ‘cameoed up’ and preparing for survival. ‘The Island with Shane and Wilson’ (release date Feb 2018) involved the campers using natural tools to make dams, fires and dens; in order to overcome the natural elements.

After a feast of meatballs and pasta for lunch, the afternoon kicked off with a badminton and table tennis extravaganza tournament. The winners were Yu and Shizuku in badminton and Daniel and Adam in table tennis.

In the art room, vibrant paper-mache dragon egg making and face painting captivated the young Picassos.


The adventurous horse riders had another fantastic day where there was great progress with all the riders. The last of the campers went to the water-park for a whirl-wind adventure of kayaking and paddle-boarding.

After an exhausting day, the campers had a relaxing evening curling up in their pyjamas and duvets to the classic movie, “School of Rock”.

For more photos from Wednesday click here

Thursday, 10th August

The midnight oil is burning and another day is done,
The campers awoke to sunshine and another day of fun.
A breakfast of waffles, sausages and spaghetti hoops,
Set the day up although everyone was pooped.
In the dodgeball hall, there was quite the commotion,
Everyone enjoyed the rapid motion.
The climbing wall returned and the monkeys ascended,
While in water polo, the players defended.
Pottery making in the sunshine yielded some wonderful pieces,
And the adventurers took on photo orienteering without their fleeces.
Post-scrummy lunch and off to the beach we went,
A wonderful afternoon in the sunshine we spent.
Sandcastles and swimming, ice cream and grinning,
Heading back to the bus, queue the cliff-top singing.
Back at camp, young padawans got in their stride,
Trying to bring Darth Vader back to the good side.
The evening ended with an aquatic battle on the moor,
Hot chocolate followed, we all hit the floor.

For more photos from Thursday click here

Friday, 11th August

On the penultimate day of camp, it was a very weary start as the campers made their way down the stairs to breakfast. With the breakfast bell ringing, a few more times than normal, campers finally followed the smell of Belgium waffles which wafted from the kitchen. With camper’s bellies full, it was time to dodge, duck and weave in the grand final of the tutors vs campers dodgeball rivalry. The soft ball whizzed around the hall, flying millimetres from campers as they dove out of the way of the tutor’s wrath…well that is how we saw it. The tutors were cowering from the onslaught of dodgeballs being hurled their way. They managed to pick it up in the final game, but in the end, it was another devastating loss.

After our morning warm up the campers went off to their morning activities. The sport group tried their hand at some tennis and hockey, pushing a pulling the hockey ball across the artificial surface whilst a mini Wimbledon game was going on. The creative students painted their clay sculptures in the sunshine appreciating the natural beauty around them. The adventurers tried their hand at some campfire cooking, with some very damp logs! Lunch was a feast of a truly English classic of: sausages, mash and beans!

This afternoon a group of campers went for their last horse riding lesson and had a lovely time galloping around the stables and managed to do some little jumps on their ponies. The rest of the camp participated in the weekly sporting competition. This week it was a mega triathlon, seeing all campers giving it there all in either their individual events or team efforts!

Everything was leading to one of the main events of the week, the Oscars! Supper was filled with chicken nuggets, chips and lots of excitement for the impending awards ceremony. The evening was filled with acro-yoga presentations and an extraordinary music video from the creative crew! Many of our campers were awarded for their talents and kindness, with Novella being awarded out Star Camper of the week!

It has been a fantastic two weeks of South camp and with a slightly heavy heart we say goodbye to the 2017 summer of L&E, which has been filled with many smiles, new friends, experiences and most of all a summer of fun! As the final song ‘Grease lightning’ brought the disco to the end, there were many tears and hugs as the campers said goodnight to the final time. It has been a blast L&E! We can’t wait till next Summer!

For more photos from Friday click here

 

North Camp Diary – Week 4

July 31, 2017

Sunday, 30th July

The campers slowly filtered into Aysgarth School this evening from all across the globe, coming from as far as Hong Kong! After enjoying a BBQ the kids said goodbye to their families and got stuck into the evening activities.

The first evening gives us the chance to get to know each other through some fun camp games, which everyone gets involved in. Tonight we began with packman, a camp game that mimics the arcade game as the children follow the designated lines in the sports hall making sure they do not get tagged. We then play a game of Zap, which is a game of fast reflexes and instincts. Following that we played various forms of what is called stuck in the mud in the UK, this tests kids balance, cunning, agility and speed. Following that we played a game of fruit basket, which is another game of concentration and speed, as children sprint around the gym in teams attempting to be the first into their respective fruit baskets. Finally we finished the games off with a classic camp game of 40/40, which is a mix of hide and seek and tag.

As you can probably tell the evening was jammed packed and following the evenings activities we came in for a hot chocolate to relax before getting ready for bed. After giving a small talk, giving the kids an idea of what lies in store this week, we all went up to our different rooms for the evening and got to know each other a little before settling into bed. It has been a great first evening and we’re sure it will be a brilliant week with a brilliant set of campers.

For more photos from Sunday click here

Monday, 31st July

The day started with eggs, the day ended with eggs. Now let us tell you what happened in between…

Our final week’s campers woke up surprisingly early to beautiful sunshine (for ten minutes) and tucked into eggs and soldiers for breakfast. The group then headed down for their dodge ball debut, which they all enjoyed. After wiping the floor with the tutors, the campers then chose their morning activities: the creative kids brought their consequences stories to life with the magic of multimedia, the sportsmen and women amongst us battled the blustery conditions during a morning of tennis, and the adventurers headed off in luxurious Lenny (the Land Rover) to Aysgarth Falls where they wandered alongside the torrent that has become the River Ure since our last excursion. Safe to say they would not be swimming today, but it was an enjoyable outing all the same as the weather held up until we left.

After filling up at lunchtime, the afternoon activities commenced. Sport was volleyball, which went down a treat, and in the creative session the campers completed the other half of photos of our very own tutors. This afternoon’s adventurers returned to Aysgarth Falls, where they explored another part of the river, in awe of the raging rapids. After some hill rolling races and an ice cream to cool us off, we headed back to the homestead for an evening of icebreaker games.

Campers new and old became friends as they worked together to complete challenging tasks set for them by our tutors. The games flew by as the sun set, and everybody gathered around for the grand finale – the egg drop. Each group’s eggs were secured using the various items provided, and we all watched on as eggs were either scrambled or saved by the campers’ eggcellent inventions. Many were scrambled, but a few were salvaged!

Hot chocolate and bed ended the exciting evening, with all the campers ready and raring for the week ahead.

For more photos from Monday click here

Tuesday, 1st August

The 1st August, a date all L&E North Campers will now remember as Yorkshire Day. Waking up, the campers were treated to a traditional Yorkshire morning of sunshine and croissants… okay, maybe not quite traditional, but still fantastic!

The morning consisted of a variety of exciting activities: the creative bunch made eye-catching dream-catchers, which will ensure your loved ones are sleeping safely and soundly tonight. On the other hand, the children with a little more energy were put through their paces in an intense sports session. The children played Ultimate Frisbee, Handball, Benchball and some high-intensity catching games. As well as this, Tuesday is of course ‘Scuba Day’ which meant our experienced divers got the chance to show off their skills, and new divers got the chance to try something amazing. After a filling lunch of sausages and Yorkshire puddings (not the last you’ll hear about these), the campers got the chance to scuba again. As well as that, the sporting bunch got the chance to showcase their footballing skills, and excitingly, the creative children built their very own paper- airplanes – these weren’t your average paper-airplanes, they were carefully crafted, intricately designed flying machines. Then, it was time for the big event itself: the Yorkshire Olympics. You may be wondering what this is, and you’d be right to do so because it’s something we invented today! 7 events, all of which somehow involved the use of Yorkshire puddings. We had children throwing, catching, kicking, carrying Yorkshire puddings all afternoon, as well as developing their understanding of local phrases. Never before has a Portuguese girl uttered the words, “Ey up r kid!” Come to L&E if you want something new and different!

After a relaxed evening swim and tasty tea, the children headed down to what was to be the final campfire of the year for the North Camp. This meant that the children were singing merrily away, with older campers keen to teach newer campers the songs they’d learnt. The tutors watched in awe, as seemingly shy and quiet children got up to belt out their favourite songs, as everyone laughed and joked around the blazing fire. Instead of marshmallows, the children toasted Yorkshire puddings around the fire and were giggling away at their amusing end to the night. Rest assured though, the children did get their marshmallows in a comforting hot chocolate before bed. The perfect end to the perfect Yorkshire Day.

There once was a camp called L&E
Where children go and make no enemies
Only to make friends and have lots of fun
Where bonds are made and are never undone
Here’s to another day full of vibrant energy

For more photos from Tuesday click here

Wednesday, 2nd August

Yet another blissfully rainy day fell upon L&E, however the children hopped out of bed and got down to breakfast just as normal. After brushing their teeth the traditional dodgeball games were played with courage, honour and massive throwing arms being displayed from both sides. After the dust settled from what was a fearless dodgeball battle the children chose their morning activities.

The creative option was egg protection. The children had to engineer a protective structure or design to make sure an egg could safely land once it was launched into the air by a water balloon cannon. Michael’s egg was the only one to survive the landing. The sports option was quick cricket, with enthusiasm and warm catching hands the children began playing adn some incredible catches were made and countless runs were made. Special mention goes out to Panashe for his two stunning one handed over the head catches.

The activity for those who selected English was pizza making. After the rest of the camp heard that there was a sudden influx of new English students! After a hearty lunch and a little down time the children began their afternoon activities.

The sports option was water polo which came out as one of the more popular options. Water polo in itself is a difficult game, however the children took to it like fish to water. The creative children dabbled in a little Coca Cola and mentor rocket building as well as water rocket building. After launching the water rocket so far that they lost it, they began on their Coca Cola rockets. The adventure option that was run throughout the day was canoeing, the children braved the cold lake in canoes, paddling around having a blast. Once the rain began the canoeing came to a stop and the children jumped off the jetty into the lake.

After a long day of full on fun, adventure and creativity the children watch a movie tonight to wind down. Following the movie is a delightful cup of hot chocolate to set them up for a good night rest.

The day ends with the tutors visiting their dorms and having chat with the children, jokes are made, advice is given and as the tutors leave the room the children fall asleep to get rest for the next day.

For more photos from Wednesday click here

Thursday, 3rd August

The morning arrived with some heavy showers as some of our campers braved the conditions to go rock climbing and despite the cold and wet weather the kids had an exciting time in yorkshire’s stunning natural settings. The others stayed on camp to enjoy some morning Yoga inside swell as some dodgeball.

After dodgeball the morning activities started which included boardgame making, where we tested the kids inventiveness and saw who could designthe best new game. We then tested out the finished products having a great time. In English everyone enjoyed a murder mystery game, where an elaborate plot was created by the teachers that the kids were involved in. After getting in character, which included fancy dress, the kids acted out the scene and enjoyed the process of working out who the murder was. The other children enjoyed a morning of mixed sports in the sportshall which allowed them the chance to try out any games they hadn’t in the week before. We played bench ball, handball and ultimate frisby, all games that focus on teamwork which everyone enjoyed getting involved in.

By lunchtime everyone was ready to enjoy their meal and refuel for the afternoon session. Some campers again went off rock climbing in much friendly weather conditions and had a great time scaling the Yorkshire cliffs as well as abseiling down them. The kids who stayed on camp played badminton and also enjoyed some gymnastics and aerobics sessions. Elsewhere kids were given free reign in the art room to work on some of their previous work as well as working on new paintings, drawings and designing their own bags.

After an afternoon swim everyone came in for dinner and then got ready for this evening theme night. The theme was world leaders and the kids were given the interesting plot of an Alien invasion. With some great outfits from both children and staff getting everyone in the mood, we headed to the school theatre for a world peace conference, however something was not quite right as the leaders of the conference such as Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Theresa May, played by out staff, were slowly being taken hostage. The kids soon figured out that Aliens had abducted the leaders and were planning to attack earth. In order to save the day the kids were split into groups and partook in several activities and challenges through which they were given a code that defeated the aliens. It was a great evening with lots of laughter and fun. The kids succeeded in their tasks and the aliens were defeated.

By the time theme night was over and the kids had had some hot chocolate we all got into pyjamas and headed to bed. It was another great day at camp and we look forward to tomorrow, our last day; lets make the most of it!

For more photos from Thursday click here

Friday, 4th August

The final day fell upon L&E, and for the first time this week, the sun shone down upon us all day long. The camp obviously takoook full advantage of this. Breakfast was served then the camp moved on over to dodgeball, where as usual the competition was fierce, skills that had never been seen before were brought out for the final day, trick plays, fake throws, ladies and gentlemen your children had it all.

After the dodgeballs had stopped bouncing the children awaited their morning activities. The sports option was touch rugby, where the children learned the fundamentals to play one of the greatest games on earth, a special mention going out to the warrior that is Lauren who played through a shaky ankle showing true bravery. The creative option was the long awaited science experiment morning. Attracting most of the caldrons attention, the creative activity was a hit, displaying amazing feats of science and chemistry. The adventure option was campfire cooking, (so when your sons or daughters get home ask them to cook you some “fire bread”). The campfire cooking is always a massive success at L&E and today was no different.

  

In the afternoon was the famous L&E Triathlon, where the children competed in a gruelling 3, 5 or 7 lap swim of the pool, an impassable obstacle course and then a run to finish. The competitors showed great dedication to the events with Alice and Andrea changing from the 3 length event to the 7 length event because they wanted to challenge themselves. After completing the triathlon and catching their breath the children then moved over to the water slide. A massive sheet of tarpaulin coated in soap and water sounds like the best final afternoon anyone could ask for. When the tutors said that it was time to get showered and clean after the slide the children had a rebellion and through sheer will power they kept the slide running.

 

After dinner the campers were treated to a surprise ice cream van……the chimes played to the children’s surprise and they all ran out to get a cone! It was then soon time to get dressed up and head the performing arts centre for the Oscars Ceremony. Many performances were shown at the ceremony, Sam, Joe and Holly put on an amazing show with the diablo, Anna and Johanna sang and danced to the famous song ‘Eye of the Tiger’, sending shivers down the spine of the audience members, Kai and Michael would have done Penn and Teller proud with their amazing magic tricks, with an incredible disappearing act performed right before the audience’s eyes, the pair completed their show. Faye performed a song form the movie Moana which touched the soul of everyone who had seen the movie. The gymnastics fans were pleased that our very own camp tutor Will Smith (not to be confused with the super famous actor) and Alice performed a gymnastics routine, the routine had a comedy aspect which was played by Alice pretending that she couldn’t do gymnastics, her poor form made the crowd giggle and Will’s best efforts made the crowd cheer, the perfect mix! A special mention goes out to Sven who won the Star camper award for this week. The tutors couldn’t think of a more deserving winner of the award and were proud to give it to Sven. He has been influential not he sports field, dodgeball court and creative sessions and has displayed all the characteristics of a star camper.

Once the oscars disco died down and the children got dressed into their pyjamas, the drank a warm cup of hot chocolate and move towards their bedrooms. Their tutors have their reflections on the week that has passed and look forward the following year. We look forward to seeing all your fantastic children this following year!

After 4 weeks we’ve reached our last day,
For many weeks longer we wish we could stay,

Camp’s in the North,
Camp’s in the South,
From the highest of hills to the old river mouth,

We’ve covered the land with adventure and sport, not forgetting creative
Whose results we support.

With trips to bedale
And aysgarth falls,
Masham was a highlight
Exciting for all.

The tutors and children
Smiles on their face
Friday pm the triathlon race,

Another year gone,
And it’s almost September,
But the summer we’ve had, we’ll forever remember.

For more photos from Friday click here

North Camp Diary – Week 3

July 24, 2017

Sunday, 23rd July

It wasn’t promising weather for this weekend’s campers, whose planned trip to Whitby looked ominous. But as the camp tutors predicted the sun did grace us at sunny Whitby! It was a wonderful day full of seaside sweet shops, beach cricket and of course a trip to Poundland!

On Sunday, there were several tearful campers and tutors as we said goodbye to last week’s campers. Not long after that the excitement kicked in for our new arrivals. Many of the ‘old hands’ were there to welcome the lovely, bright new faces. New friends were made within minutes and games of pool and ping pong were created as the rain confined us to the main house. Our lovely planned BBQ was relocated indoors and the children enjoyed the burgers and chicken that was on offer. With parents being bid farewell, it was time for the games to begin.

With a quick dash through the downpour to the sports hall, many a game of fruit basket, stuck in the mud and bulrush commenced. The children had a great time getting to know each other and with hot chocolate in their bellies, new friends made it was time for bed. As the whispers quieten down the excitement builds for L&E North camp week 3.

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Monday, 24th July

Campers woke up this morning under a grey sky but very keen on enjoying their first day of the week. After having eaten a delicious breakfast, they took the road leading to the sports center for our first session of morning dodgeball. Whilst being very competitive, every one got to throw the ball around and try out new strategies based on the Roman army, using gymnastic mats as shields to counter the balls. This early warm-up ended on a crushing victory of the kids over tutors, who were wildly outnumbered.

Campers then went into their different morning groups. Creative did stop-motion and a bunch of new ideas were found very popular throughout the group. The English class went on a treasure hunt and very much enjoyed learning new words, in the most comical way. In sport, plenty of energy was spent in the sports hall during an incredible indoor football session. The brand new French class was launched today in L&E with 5 children eager to learn a new language. The session was highly engaging and all had a great time.

In the afternoon, the sporty amongst us tried their talents at a session of waterpolo. An intense, but fun effort, as always in sports here at L&E.

In adventure, another exciting treasure hunt was proposed to kids during the 1st half and a nice walk offsite to finish the session evolved.

The creative group started a music video with another great set of costumes for the children. The children when from set to set and had fun creating new scenes.

Dinner was a feast of fish, sausage and salad which was devoured by tutors and campers. It was then time for…”icebreakers” one of the most important nights of L&E. All teams gave their best in the different tasks that they had to do. Several sprints and egg throwing events were on the menu and hot chocolate was offered as a reward. Everyone went to bed, having had a great evening and looking forward to the new day at L&E!

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Tuesday, 25th July

After beginning the day with a sumptuous breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast, the campers of L&E prepared for the day ahead with the age old morning activity of dodgeball. They ducked, dived, dipped and dodged their way to success, and moved on to a variety of morning activities.

The adventure options today consisted of the all day adventure scuba diving experience, which proved extremely popular amongst campers, as well as extreme fire preparation for tonight’s campfire, and also provided the opportunity to cook a few morning treats. Vegetable based painting was the creative inspiration of the day, making pictures using onions, peppers and also potatoes.

The sporting endeavour this morning was indoor kickball, progressing from the previous dodgeball session to an energy fuelled competitive session were fun was had by all. I’m English the students went on a bear hunt, surveying the school grounds to find an elusive bear, whilst experiencing the versatile facilities aysgarth has to offer. Finally our French students studied and sampled the many aspects of a traditional French breakfast, working on their language skills all the while.

Following a cracker of a curry at lunchtime, the ever reliable British weather decided to give us a glorious afternoon, and henceforth an afternoon of outdoor themed activities commenced. The sport option was a return of the immensely popular touch rugby, where a small tournament engaged between students inclusive of all, no matter of age and rugby playing experience. The creative bunch excelled in tie dying socks, each turning a simple white pair into a psychedelic fashion statement that wouldn’t be out of place on any parisian runway. Due to the fortunate turn in weather, campers got another go on last week’s favourite, the waterslide, slipping and sliding their way to the bottom of our slope in a fun filled hour.

The daily swim was next, followed by a pizza, wedges and vegetables, with all left in the day now being the highly anticipated campfire. Down by the fireside we had many group performances, with camp favourites such as ‘boo-chicka-roo’ going down particularly well. Then some excellent solo performances from the likes of Greta and Siena were followed by campfire games and a toasted marshmallow or two. The day ended with a nice hot chocolate, and then all went to bed.

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Wednesday, 26th July

Sausages and bread, we had for breakfast (say fast in southern accent)
Then to dodgeball, where we had a blast
Whilst some of our brave adventurers
Took to the water to become canoe emperors

In creative, the children took to the hills
Creating papier mâché volcanos, oh such thrills
The sporting option for morning,
Indoor hockey, goals without warning

Some went for a walk
Wilson, the children had to stalk
Then a much-needed lunch
Noodles eaten by all with a munch

Whilst another group set off to canoe
Those left in camp had a quick brew
The shuttle cocks went flying,
Badminton the children were trying

In creative we danced with Hayley
A routine that we must practise daily
After dinner, we had some time to chill
To reflect on the day that was such a thrill

We watched Jungle Book, all snuggled together
Hoping that tomorrow, we’ll have nicer weather
The week is still young and we’re all excited
To continue our journey, all united.

For more photos from Wednesday click here

Thursday, 27th July

We all woke up this morning surprised how quickly the week is going. After a lovely breakfast and some dodgeball to wake everyone up, the excitement of the days events began.

In English classes horror stories were written, acted out and filmed ready for being presented at the Oscars awards tomorrow, along with music videos in French lessons.

In creative, final touches were made to the volcanoes created yesterdasy and they are now ready for erupting. Others used their creative skills to prepare for tonight’s theme night and we made and decorated piñatas.

Meanwhile, others were splashing about in the pool playing volleyball and the adventurers were off monkeying about climbing rock walls. After lunch, the fun exploded as rockets were created and blown off with water to shower everyone. A competitive tournament of indoor benchball and handball ensued and more adventurers went rock climbing.

We all enjoyed a deserved dinner and finally it was time to let the wild fun of the theme night – jungle book, to commence!

Costumes were put together and we all got into character of our favourite jungle animals. We embraced our musical sides with dancing, defeated piñatas, cracked riddles, painted and tested our pack abilities as wolves. In the end we succeeded in defeating sheer Khan and were able to create the firery ‘red flower’.

After all the excitement of the day it was time to wind down with some hot chocolate before heading to bed, where some impressive bedtime stories were told by Tashy, and everyone settled to bed, ready for tomorrow’s fun and games.

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Friday, 28th July

After a fantastic and enjoyable Jungle Book theme night it took the campers a little longer to be roused from their beds this morning. However, when they made it downstairs there was a yummy breakfast was waiting for them as were the tutors with smiles on their faces.

Breakfast was soon done and dusted and it was then time for what is usually the fast and furious and fiercely competitive morning dodgeball however this morning there was a twist as also on offer was the more relaxing yoga to re- centre and prepare us ready for the day ahead.

As usual there were lots of different activities on offer this morning to cap off an exciting week. In French the group spent the morning rehearsing for their performance at the oscars which was epic! I think it is safe to say that all the girls have enjoyed learning French and have definitely improved with thanks to our resident French tutor Baptiste – it was lovely to see all of the group personally thank him at the Oscars.
In English this morning the group ventured out in the local town of Bedale with a list of items to find. All impressed and some creative options for some of the things on the list where found. Some campers took it upon themselves when asked to find a old thing to buy a financial times and change the year on it! Most items on the list where ticked off and everyone stayed together which was the most important thing to Sam and Paul! In creative they made the most of Hayley’s creative skills before she leaves us this weekend and made and launched water bottle rockets. They were a great success and shot high into the sky – make sure you check the videos out! One of the other creative options was making jigsaws out of the campers favourite things.

The sportsmen and women amongst the camp had a great morning playing extreme pool games – I am told a lot of splashing happened.

Food was on the agenda in adventure and the campers used the skills they had learnt earlier in the week to build a fire so that they could make bread and cook apples. Apparently they were yummy!

The afternoon saw the weekly L&E triathlon happening. With the shortage of any bikes the bike leg of the triathlon was changed to an obstacle course involving fancy dress and dribbling in and out of cones. The final finish was a scramble up the water slide to the line. The campers could choose to complete it in groups with one person doing each leg or individually and also the level of difficultly. The winning team on the longest course consisted of Simon, Matthew and Sam – special mention must go to Adrien who was close to the team time and he did it on his own.

Once the timers had been stopped and the winners calculated the daily swim commenced alongside with a highly competitive mini football match. Campers also took the time to do some drawing and explode the volcanos they built earlier in the week. Some of the campers also took the opportunity to rehearse in preparation for their performances at the Oscars this evening.

Then came the most anticipated night of camp…… the oscars. The dresses and ties were donned and that wasn’t just the tutors for an evening to celebrate what has been a highly successful week at L&E North. We enjoyed some fabulous performances including Sienna dancing, Fay singing, Hubert’s pub quiz , a dance from Georgi, charlotte, Maria, Sofia, a performance from the French group, a piano performance from Greta as well as all the usual videos and awards to honour all the amazing campers. The winner of the this weeks star camper was Greta, who was a popular choice amongst the campers and staff.

As the week draws to a close the sadness of saying goodbye to staff and campers who are leaving us this week starts but the memories of the times we have had together will last forever. L&E is such a special place and we are all lucky to be a part of it!
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North Camp Diary – Week 2

July 16, 2017

SUNDAY, 16th July

The rain graced us with its presence on Saturday and set the mood for some sad goodbyes to some of our week one campers. As the campers chatted, there were many email addresses and phone numbers swapped, as well as plans made for reuniting at next year’s camps. The remaining campers were excited to roam the street of the iconic city, York. The visited cultural sights, and did a lot of shopping! Some even managed to get into the new Harry Potter shop.

York Excursion

York Excursion

In the evening, they enjoyed watching the movie, ‘Mohana’, and sang along to the soundtrack in the performing arts hall. Saturday soon turned to Sunday and it was time to welcome some new campers to the groups on Aysgarth School. As the arrivals came into the dining room, they were welcomed with open arms and encouraged to gorge on a fantastic BBQ and then teamed up in a few wide games, organised by the world class L&E tutors. With bellies, warm with hot chocolate, and new friendships beginning it was time to go to bed to get some rest for L&E North Camp, Week Two, 2017!

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Happy Girls

MONDAY, 17th July

The sun was shining and it looked like it would be another beautiful day at L&E North camp. The new campers were all settling in well with the help of the veterans from the week before. With a hearty breakfast behind them, everyone was excited to get stuck into the activities for the week ahead.

After a quick dodgeball warm up, where some of the tutors became a little too competitive, the campers choose they’re activities. The trip to Aysgarth falls proved very popular and the pictures taken showed it to be a triumph.

Some real sporting talent was shown during basketball, with a game of killer managing to continue for 45 minutes. A benchball finale topped off the morning sporting session in the beautiful weather.

In Creative the campers origami skills were put to the test. It was lovely to see many of the confident campers sharing their skills with their new found friends.

Adventure topped off the morning with den building where some impressive structures were made.

The afternoon brought the chance to see some of the new footballing talent on camp. Some impressive skills were on display and plenty of goals were scored. Another fantastic trip to Aysgarth falls was again a huge success. Musical theatre made up the creative option with some wonderful renditions of Mary Poppins and Matilda.

After a substantial dinner it was time for Ice breaker games. With water, balloons, flour and Malteesers the whole affair was rather messy. However, all the campers were getting along swimmingly. As the weather was so fantastic, the day was topped off with a session on the water slide.

After showers and hot chocolate, everyone went to bed. Tired, yet still smiling. It looks like it’s going to be another fantastic week at L&E North camp.

Sleep tight campers.

For more photos from Monday click here

TUESDAY, 17th July

The radiant sun lofted into the sky, bringing us another glorious day here at L&E. The children kicked off with the famous traditional morning dodgeball. Where courage, honour and some physics defying throws were made by many of the children.

Once the dodgeball dust had settled the children were split up into their morning activities, the “children of the water”, had the option of scuba diving as an extreme adventure activity, with our instructor Scuba Steve (Note, his name is not Steve). The sports option for the morning was volleyball, as the campers ran over to the net with massive smiles plastered to their faces, and all the energy of a wind up toy. The tutors stood in the background deciding the best way to tell them that they could not find the ball. However, a dodgeball was enough to get the game going! Amazing talent was shown from both sides, however, one of the tutors being hit in the face was the highlight of the volleyball.

L&E Rounders

L&E Rounders

Later that morning, the campers were once again split up into teams, as they were about to face off in the L&E rounders tournament! With warm batting arms the teams took the field with victory in their eyes. It is an event that will continue throughout the week, however the competition is intense!

The creative squad had a full day of baking! In the morning they planned their three course meals: cake followed by pancakes and for desert, cupcakes. Then in the afternoon the campers got their hands dirty working away at their projects. However, outside in the sunshine another group of creative campers were making tea stained paper! the atmosphere was so cheerful, as they dabbed wet tea bags on paper to give them an old vintage look.

The L&E Motto

The L&E Motto

Just over the road, a mini Wimbledon was taking place where amazing tennis skills, rallies and games were being played! The tutors took on some of the children but were no match!

The afternoon ended with a massive water fight. What a way to end the perfect sunny afternoon. The plan was to start with some games, and you can imagine how long that lasted. The first cup of water was thrown and carnage descended upon the innocent games. Water flying everywhere, water cannons, cups, water balloons, and many more pieces of watery weaponry were used in this glorious battle. As the cold breeze rolled in the campers sealed refuge in the warm pool.

To end what has been another astounding day at L&E, the campers made their way to the camp fire, where songs were sung, friends were made and the tutors made fools of themselves singing one direction. The warmth of the fire roasting the children marshmallows to perfection.

L&E Campfire

L&E Campfire

After a quick goodnight from the tutors the campers fell asleep.

For more photos from Tuesday click here

WEDNESDAY, 19th July

The morning started off with a typical English breakfast of bacon and baked beans. We all then headed off for the morning wake up which is dodgeball. The camp played a few games between themselves to prepare them for the big campers vs tutors, which as always, the campers won.

L&E Selfie

L&E Selfie

The morning activities were building marshmallow and spaghetti bridges in creative, touch rugby in sports and the morning adventure group headed off to canoeing. Sadly today wasn’t one of those typically warm summer days. So the canoeists took some warm clothes for when they got out the water. The sporty campers took on touch rugby, which had them running around, doing planned moves in no time. In creative the campers choose to eat most of the marshmallows, instead of using them as building blocks. Faye and Greta replicated the London Eye with their amazing marshmallow and spaghetti replica.

Amazing Art

Amazing Art

The football team had an intense training session with resident coaches Sam and Baptiste, followed by a good match. The creative campers made pom pom accessories which could go in there hair.

The night ended with a light hearted comedy, the Pink Panther, which they all enjoyed.

Lets keep our finger crossed for some hot sunny weather tomorrow!

For more photos from Wednesday click here

L&E Horse Riding

L&E Horse Riding

THURSDAY, 20th July

After waking up bright and early, the campers feasted on baked beans and eggy bread for their breakfast. Something new relished by all, it set the camp in good stead for the day ahead. Even though the rain from the previous night had not abated, children and staff alike launched into the day undeterred.

The morning’s adventurers went off in good spirits to do some climbing. Those in the English class enjoyed a morning consisting of the Hat game and story-telling, excellent practice of their language skills especially when it came to the spooky ones! Meanwhile, the sporty bunch worked up a sweat first with ultimate frisbee and then quick cricket, all in the safe vicinity of the sports hall. That just leaves our creative group, who tried their hands at both watercolour painting and boxcar making – all in preparation for the days grand finale, theme night!

After breaking for a wholesome lunch of pasta Bolognese, we commenced the afternoon’s activities. The second group of climbers headed off and after their session it was noted how well they showed great grit and determination to battle through the elements on the rock face. Back at school, our creators first made their own microphones with which they rehearsed for the upcoming talent show – more on that later. The sportschildren tried something completely new: swimming pool volleyball! The children loved both the novelty and the opportunity to splash around in the pool.

A brief pit-stop following where the campers fuelled up on pie and vegetables before dashing off to change into their outfits for theme night.

The theme: British superstars. The first half of the evening saw the kids enjoy all manner of stands set up by some very special British people from past and present. They did archery with Robin Hood, the crossbar challenge with David Beckham, wildlife documentary making with David Attenborough and Charles Darwin, plasticine model making with Wallace and Gromit, and even high tea with the Queen and the Mad Hatter!

We subsequently relocated to the theatre for the culmination of the evening’s events, the aforementioned talent show. The audience was awestruck by the wonderful singing, dancing, gymnastics, music, and magic put on show which ended up with the entire camp onstage dancing along to Beat It by Michael Jackson. Then followed hot chocolate and bed, with smiles firmly on campers’ faces.

For more photos from Thursday click here

  

FRIDAY, 21st July

The children woke up to gloomy English skies, but this did not dampen the mood of our happy campers, as they rushed downstairs to be awoken with chocolate brioche for breakfast. We then initiated our favourite L&E tradition of dodgeball, with some of the children opting to do some relaxing Yoga instead. Dodgeball was very competitive, and some children adopted various roman military techniques using work-out mats in order to push their team to victory.

Afterwards, the children went off to enjoy their morning activities, with the English students going to Masham to participate in some riverside walking and sweetshop browsing to get the true English immersion experience. The adventurers went into the forest to create some fires and cook some camp-made bread over the embers, which went down a treat with tutors and campers alike. The sporty campers had an intense game of handball to wake them up and get the adrenaline flowing for the afternoon activity, while the creative children went off to create some postcards and paint each others faces.

Learning Survival Skills

Learning Survival Skills

After a stereotypically British lunch of fish and chips the children prepared for afternoon activity, the L&E Olympics. Adopting a comical stance, the event included numerous relay activities, such as egg and spoon racing, a particularly frantic fancy dress extravaganza, tennis and finally concluding with swimming. The events culminated in the renowned L&E Oscars ceremony, whereby the winners (Baptiste’s team!) were proudly announced. Alongside the announcements, we were fortunate enough to watch a gorgeous acrobatic display from some of our talented campers, as well as a scripted humorous piece from some of our older girls, the excitement in the room was certainly palpable. Having such a vast array of talent instilled within our campers is certainly one of the aspects that differentiates our camp from the rest. Concluding with our infamous hot chocolate, yet another gorgeous sunset cloaked a fabulous day.

For more photos from Friday click here

Star Camper!

Star Camper!

North Camp Diary – Week 1

July 9, 2017

SUNDAY, 9th July

With the sun shining and bird song in the air, the outlook seemed bright for the commencement of L&E North camp 2017. The tutors arrived at camp, some seasoned and some new, excited to have the children return.

As the happy campers arrived through the afternoon in their dribs and drabs, the tutors where put through their paces scaling 4 stories with some of the heaviest bags known to man. Thankfully, camper Alice was kind enough to remove her weights before allowing her bags to be carried. The campers enjoyed unpacking their belongings whilst chatting to new and old friends. The quiet school was now bustling with the noises of happy children.

With the sun shining, the campers were treated to beautiful barbecue and the parents bid their goodbyes. All were content and fed and it was time for some games. Old classics such as fruit basket, 40/40 and duck, duck, goose where brought back, as well as a new introduction of Zap which seemed to have been well received.

As the day drew to a close, the campers had the chance to slow things down by enjoying a hot chocolate and chatting away like long lost friends. With only one spillage, the future of L&E north camp is looking bright. Till tomorrow, sleep tight campers and be ready for an action packed day of fun.

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Evening sun!

A drizzly start to the morning did not put off our fresh faced campers who were awake bright and early for a truly British breakfast of buttery crumpets. A raucous game of dodgeball followed and

MONDAY, 10th July

once everyone was warmed up we picked our activities for the day. The English team spent the morning getting to know one another, writing an L&E rap and playing lots of games. Other children were getting creative with the tutors’ faces (not their actual faces, fortunately) and making inspirational depictions of what is going on in their own heads. The sporting contingent had a varied morning of hockey, cricket and football, whilst the adventurers learned some key life saving skills in the pool.

Den Building Adventure

After a delicious lunch of meatballs and pasta the campers were ready for a fun-filled afternoon, and, surprise surprise, the sun poked its head out! The horse riders set out to meet their steeds, spending a lovely afternoon at the stables. Back at base camp the keen footballers got to hone their skills while the other sportsmen and women played quick cricket, with Camille showing the boys who’s boss. The creative kids got down to making some jewellery – bracelets and loom band creations aplenty!

The first evening swim was a popular affair and a hearty dinner followed. Then, the moment the campers had been eagerly awaiting… Icebreaker games! Tutors Ollie, Sophie and Sam organised an exciting array of goofy games including pass the water bucket, apple bobbing, toss the egg and tug of war. Safe to say our campers were worn out (and some a bit wet and eggy) and ready for a warm shower, hot chocolate and bed.

All in all, a wonderful ‘official’ first day of camp! New friendships forming everywhere we look and smiles all around. Let’s see what the rest of the week has in store!

For more photos from Monday click here

Ice Breakers!

Ice Breakers!

TUESDAY, 11th July

It was a cloudy, crisp morning but we warmed up quickly with an energetic match of dodge ball; the perfect way to shake away the morning cobwebs! This healthy competition was maintained throughout the day, with the English Team facilitating an action-packed morning complete with hangman, pictionary, and splat runoffs which engaged the students in vocabulary recall.

Meanwhile, the kids partaking in sports started their day with bench ball and ultimate frisbee. Today’s adventure component was dedicated to scuba diving, which proved both hugely popular and successful with the campers. Beware mums and dads, you may be asked to take your children on some beach side holidays in the near future!

Scuba at L&E

Scuba at L&E

We must acknowledge Camille’s astounding achievement in her scuba class this morning. After some reluctance, she overcame her fear of water and participated fully in the course. We are all incredibly proud of her!

The creative session commenced with papier mache, followed by choreographed dance lead by our very own dance and movement specialist, Hayley. We recorded these dances into a succinct film and concluded the morning with a meditation session. Lots and lots of fun were had by all!

As expected, the evening swimming session was a highlight with our campers (a few stray water balloons might have found their way into the gym – we always ensure L&E have a special edge!). The drizzly weather prevented a campfire but the tuckered out children were more than happy with the alternative of snuggling into the Library for a thrilling screening of Star Wars in anticipation of our theme night later this week!

Another wonderful day has concluded with our weary campers climbing into bed with smiles on their faces, full of excitement for the events tomorrow will bring!

For more photos from Tuesday click here

Happy Camper

Happy Camper

WEDNESDAY, 12th July

This morning we were treated to a clear blue sky, which the kids were happy to see after two rainy days! We took advantage of the weather and after a filling breakfast half the group set of to Canoe in some of Yorkshires’ most spectacular lakes and rivers. The other half of camp stayed for camp dodgeball before splitting up into different activities. This included a chance to research some English recipes, which the kids then cooked in English. Everyone enjoyed the lovely cookies and English Muffins they made! Elsewhere the kids were creating hot air balloons in their creative session with some wonderful designs, whilst the other children enjoyed a game of water polo in the pool.

Fun in the lake

Fun in the lake

That took us up to lunch which was enjoyed by all and gave everyone the fuel needed to enjoy the afternoon. Another group of kids went off to Kayak in the afternoon sun whilst those who stayed at camp were given a great selection of activities. This included football, where the boys continued to make progress in L&E’s football school, rapping, which was taken by our resident French tutor Baptiste who showed the kids some french free-flow rapping. Elsewhere the children enjoyed a treasure hunt on the school grounds in which everyone searched for the hidden clues around the camp.

After a quick watertight and swim, which allowed everyone to cool off from the afternoon heat, we gathered for dinner. After dinner was our famous campfire night. After a quick camp of giants, wizards, dwarfs, a game that’s are still a mystery to all involved, we headed down to a great fire which had been prepared by our camp tutors. It was a great evening in which everyone was involved, singing songs together and playing campfire games. The children were given the chance to perform songs from their different countries and it was lovely to see the diversity of languages and cultures on show, which is a unique feature of the camp and one that everyone embraces ad L&E.

After singing their hearts out through the evening the kids were ready to head back in for hot chocolate. They then headed up stairs and had a little time to chat with their tutors and each other before getting ready for lights out. It was a wonderful day and were hoping for more of the same through the rest of the week.

For more photos from Wednesday click here

The famous L&E Campfire!

The famous L&E Campfire!

THURSDAY, 13th July

We were once again blessed with splendid weather – which was fantastic given that we had an adventure line up of rock climbing which could thus proceed as planned (to the delight of our happy campers!). Our first group of climbers headed to Downholm, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dale National Park after a hearty breakfast, while the rest of the group headed to the gym for a therapeutic yoga session followed by (of course) L&E’s famous dodgeball warmup.

Morning Yoga!

Morning Yoga!

Morning activities based at Aysgarth consisted of rounders and ultimate frisbee sessions running parallel to cookie baking which didn’t seem to make too great a dent in the kids’ appetites at lunch! The kitchen always provides a spectacular salad bar alongside their lunchtime meals, which we are impressed to relay that the kids love – well done parents for instilling such healthy habits in your kids. We are very impressed!

Climbing

Climbing

The afternoon saw a second group of campers heading out to Downholm, as well as our horse riders off to the stables. Soccer camp got under way and the remaining campers chose between fire making skills – I believe that many kids can now start a campfire with nothing but a flint, and creative. Our creative session was quite diverse, including chalk art in the carpark, marble art prints, an expressive creative walk around the school grounds and, Star Wars themed “Galaxy in a Bottle” creations in preparation for our theme evening which kicked off after supper.

Fun in the lake

During the course of the day, our tutors displayed unprecedented theatrical skills creating an introductory video presenting a riddle; Darth Vader (a character from Star Wars) is on the run and a number of peace keeping characters are on the hunt for him (the tutors). This video was presented to the campers in the drama theatre, where the tutors invoked the help of the children to track down the much sought after Vader. The campers had to complete a number of task facilitated by various tutors/Star Wars characters which ultimately led them back to the drama theatre for a Skype Call with Darth Vader… It appears he has fled the country to Canada and is having a wonderful time sipping cocktails on a beach in Canada. (If you hadn’t guessed, Sam Ridgway played this role which was great fun for our repeat campers.)

Jumping for Joy!

Jumping for Joy!

The day ended with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Our tuckered out campers are now tightly tucked up in bed getting some much needed rest before another jam packed day tomorrow.

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FRIDAY, 14th July

The weather looked promising heading out for warm up dodgeball and we added a side of cheerleading and dance to get everyone ready for another busy day at camp. With such nice weather, all tutors took their activities outside spreading across the fantastic Aysgarth campus and beyond.

The English class ventured into nearby town, Bedale to test out their vocabulary learn about some important British staples and experience Yorkshire life outside camp. The creative session took inspiration from Native American tradition, foraging for natural resources and taking them back to our outdoor workshop to make dream catchers while listening to traditional stories and music. The adventure session were also exploring the forest for bushcrafts round the campfire and in sport, the kids got a taste of touch rugby Nerf ball, American football and Waterpolo before we all came together for a delicious lunch of fish and chips.

Waterpolo

Waterpolo

After some free time with new camp friends everyone came back together for the L&E triathlon: swim, obstacle course and run (including dress up, of course). With great team work, and a few individuals taking on the full course, we celebrated with lots of fun on the waterslide and everyone getting thoroughly soaked.

For the evening we got into our finest for the Oscars, to announce all this week’s winners including the ‘Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind’ and Star Camper awards. The kids were tucked up after some hot chocolate and chats, ready to start tomorrow with some goodbyes and a trip to York.

Star Camper!

Star Camper!

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Review: Summer 2016

September 20, 2016

WEEK 1

Week 1, Day1…The camp arose to a beautiful morning and a hearty breakfast which the kids thoroughly enjoyed. We kicked off the mornings activities with L&E’s famous dodgeball, which is always a favourite with the kids. After some epic confrontations we moved onto the mornings activities, a packed schedule that included portrait making, den building, quick cricket and football.

We were amazed by some of the artistic talent on display as the children painted the staff tutors portraits and the den builders built houses they promised us where fit enough to live in. Quick cricket is a traditional English sport which many of the kids had never tired, however they enjoyed the challenge of learning something new and really impressed the staff with how quickly they picked up such a difficult sport. Every morning some of the children also do English Language lessons, which today involved writing and producing an English movie. It was of an extremely high quality and is likely to feature at the camps end of week oscars.

After a well earned lunch the children begun the afternoons activities in some stunning sunshine. Many of the boys chose to make their own camp fires in the woods as we bought some snacks with us to toast on an open fire. Most of the other children chose to play football in the sun, while the others cooked delicious scones and butterfly cakes, which we all enjoyed this afternoon. Later on we had a swim to cool down before we had our evening meal.

On the first evening of L&E we always make sure play our silly Ice Breaker games, which gives the kids a chance to get to know each other better. Its great to see the friendships that are already developing and how easily the camp gets on as a whole. There were many laughs and smiles on display from both staff and kids alike, as you will see in our pictures from the evening. The camp is full of positive energy and we ended the day with hot chocolate and dancing in pyjamas. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the camp has in store, but if today is a taster for what is to come then its going to be a wonderful summer!

Day 2, Week 1….L&E camp started with some morning song as the children were awoken with a tune and more importantly…….sunshine!!

Good old English porridge was on offer for breakfast this morning…..some brave children took the plunge, but suffice to say that the pot was still rather full at the end of service.

After only one day of dodgeball the children have quickly picked up the rules and gave the tutors a run for their money this morning. Tutors 1 – Children 1.

The creative amongst us took to the concrete basketball courts where we decorated the vast area with the L&E logo. After running out of chalk to colour in the giant logo, the children used their initiative and creativity to fill in the letters with patterns and shapes…….if only we had the drone for a photograph……

Still on a high from Euro ‘16 a mix of boys and girls took to the field for a fierce game of football. Scuba Steve (Bill) was back again this year to take the children scuba diving in our swimming pool. After being shown the proper techniques and signals the children enjoyed swimming the length of the pool with their flippers and picking up weights.

The afternoon turned out to be very musical with Baptiste, our student turned tutor taking a rap session. The children thoroughly enjoyed using their lyrical skills to come up with some bangin’ beats for the Friday night’s Oscar’s. While some children were rapping, other children were singing karaoke……some old ones and some new ones and some classics.

The first campfire of 2016 did not disappoint. Our new tutors gave a spirited performance of The Banana Song which we thought wouldn’t ever end! This was followed some national anthems, with our first ever Chinese national anthem sung by Ethan. Marshmallows were toasted, wink murder was played, then the sun set on our happy campers. Whatever will tomorrow bring…….?

Day 3, Week 1…

After the epic campfire last night, Wednesday had a lot to live up to. It started off nice bright and early with Mary and Harry waking the campers up and we had a yummy treat of boiled eggs waiting for us when breakfast was ready. After breakfast the first group of adventurers headed out on the short drive to the lake ready to go canoeing whilst the rest of the camp got energised and ready for the rest of the day with the much loved and looked forward to Dodgeball. After some fast and furious games of Dodgeball it was time for the highlight of the session ‘the tutors v the children’. It was looking good for the mighty team orange until the last few minutes where there was a run of outs. The score currently stands at children-2 tutors -1 but the tutors are looking to steal a win for the week. The options for activities this morning included a tea party for the children doing English. They had to prepare and cook their own food for the party including some amazing chocolate orange cupcakes which were also enjoyed by the tutors. They participated in some traditional English party games during the tea party including pass the parcel and musical chairs. Sport took to the tennis courts having been inspired by Andy Murray’s fantastic win at Wimbledon at the weekend. I am told that some highly competitive games of ‘round the world’ were played. In creative this morning the children made pretty dreamcatchers in a rainbow of colours. After refuelling with a lunch of sausages, roast potatoes and vegetables the children and tutors were ready for another jam packed afternoon of fun! A second group of enthusiastic and keen campers set off for an afternoon of adventure on the water and a tired and slightly damp group arrived back later. Sport played a variety of different sports in the afternoon session, volleyball, badminton and uni hock and as the sun broke through the clouds they even ventured outside to play lacrosse. The horse riders also had a great afternoon getting to know their ponies better and improving their riding. And last but by no means least the creative option this afternoon was stop motion. Some fantastic stop motion films have been created ready to show at the Oscars on Friday, some even involving the Lenny the landrover model. After a dip in the pool and dinner it was deemed warm enough for the first outing of 2016 for the L & E world famous slippery slide. This is always a camp favourite especially when paired with the sumo suits. After a dash inside to get warm and clean pjs, popcorn and a movie finished the night off. What a day! Now we are looking forward to what tomorrow brings, especially theme night!

Day 4, Week 1…

We could not have had a more beautiful wake up on the penultimate day of camp! What a morning, the sun blazing down upon was the first giveaway to the day that we had coming up!

It felt like a quick trip across to channel with our Parisian style continental breakfast in the sunshine, which prepared us delightfully for the fabulous day ahead. Post breakfast we raced across to the favourite part of the morning – good old traditional dodgeball! It was, as always, incredibly intense. The tutors were miles ahead, but Mattias won it back, and somehow, by the power of ratio, the children won it back!

In L&E, Thursday means one thing only… THEME NIGHT!!! With an activity packed, fun fuelled evening ahead, everyone at camp had a post-dodgeball yoga session. With some astounding positions achieved, the hour flew past and both tutors and children were refreshed and ready for the day.

Big Sam took the first budding mountaineers across to the world famous Brimham Rocks. Everyone had the time of their lives climbing up the biggest boulders you could imagine – including Sam, even if he did get a bit stuck! Everything possible, from weasaling, outdoor caving, abseiling, and of course climbing!

Back at camp, Lizzie, Julie and Mary were very involved helping the young creative minds to transform L&E camp into SPY CAMP. Posters, banners, and spy games all being created in preparation for the evening’s festivities. Cricket obsessed Harry had all his dreams come true as he took a group of adventurous sporty kids to try out cricket for the first time. And they exceeded expectations, the standard as higher than the ashes – big shout out to Aune for her awesome cricket skills, also tutor Charlie for making a fair few catches herself.

Somehow it was already lunchtime, how the time really does fly! What more could you ask for than being refuelled by good old chicken pie, not a single crumb left on a plate. The excitement was rife with theme night looming.

Sam then took the other half of the adventure seekers to Brimham rocks, the sporty minds were whipped off by Baptiste, Sam and Quentin for a hardcore shooting and basketball session. Tan and Mike excelled, putting Basketball Baptiste in his place and showing him how to really play. Lizzie and Mary sneaked off to make a special secret spy video, and Charlie, Julie and Kate carried on with the artistically talented to prepare for the nights extravaganza!

During dinner, there was a fiasco. Somebody had stolen Lenny! WHAT WAS GOING ON?? Thankfully, the children had just left L&E and joined Spy School. My oh my, what an intense start to Spy School, talk about being thrown in at the deep end! With a debrief from Sam, the children had 5 different tasks to complete in order to locate lost Lenny; Laser beam challenge, memory tests, obstacle course, spy matching, and the classic wink murder. After completing each challenge, each group won a letter, which eventually spelt out Sherlock Holmes who gave them the clue of the whereabouts of Lenny! The intelligent team of CIA were the first to complete the mission, and found the hidden Lenny – Sam was very relieved!

What a day we had – tired eyes flooded the room as we slurped away on our hot chocolate. Straight to bed in anticipation for our final day of week one L&E 2016.

Week1, Day 5…

This morning, after breakfast and our traditional dodgeball game, Sam and Lizzie took the English class to Bedale with a list of specific British items they had to buy with £5 each. They all managed to purchase all the items and had a great morning practicing their English in an every day life situation.

Charlie and Quentin organized a water-polo game with great performances from the German duo, Tim and David. Oliver and Harry started an L&Ewood movie making with 5 pupils who came up with a bunch of great ideas to promote L&E.
Mary and Baptiste founded the UPF group with Alice, Rose, Sierra, Maria and Yasmin who offered a great dance performance.

After lunch, the traditional L&E triathlon started. Luzia won the overall race being the fastest at swimming, running and shooting hoops. Julie won the swimming and shooting race and Aune finished first at running and shooting.

After that, two groups were formed, a creative one to prepare Oscars night and a sport one with touch rugby and football. Dinner was then over and gave place to the famous L&E Oscars night, with a lot of different prizes for a lot of different winners. First week rising star is Aune and the star camper of this week is Julie, who showed great skills in a lot of different areas and who made staff’s work much easier.

Kids could enjoy the rest of their night during the disco with great songs like the Macarena or Uptown funk.

Everyone went to bed with great memories of their week here and got ready, for some of them, for the first excursion, tomorrow in York.

WEEK 2

Week 2 – Day 1

The sun rose on another Monday morning here at camp with our new children wiping their eyes and very quickly raring to go! All the tutors and children descended upon the sports hall for an epic game of dodgeball. The rules were explained to the new children and they picked up the game scarily quickly… suffice to say us tutors found the tutors vs. children game pretty tricky. However – I’m sure we won…

The dangerous dare-deviling den-building masterminds saw an opportunity ahead of them and took it. With a solid team of 10 tenacious minds the adventurers were split into two and put head to head to see if it was possible to have one group out-build the other. My, oh my, were the tensions high! Having found exceptionally strong trees for the cavemen/women to construct their new habitats, the hunt was on to find the best materials to add to their up and coming dens. The race was on as team France went against team Europe. Pedro led team Europe into the woods and everyone found incredible things for the den. Team France observed team Europe and Baptiste took charge helping his group find the best things to build the best den. Forty minutes had passed and the tutors, Baptiste, Matt and Mary were in dismay at the talent before their eyes. The durability, structure and practicality of the dens was beyond belief, therefore they had to add another category to find a winner. The physical appearance of the den was the deciding factor. Garrance and Albane managed to win it last minute by finding some beautiful mosaic stones to design the exterior of the den and become the winners of L&E den building week 2.

The artistic amongst us skipped to the art room where painting in pieces took place. Each child either painted a section of Starry Night by Vincent van Gough or constructed clay models. For inspiration the children perused the fabulous models on display in the art room. It may have started off slow but could the tutor’s minds have been blown anymore??? Ezgi whacked out a masterpiece with her section of the picture leaving the tutors in dismay, she then was a shining star who helped the younger children create the individual section of the picture which put together created something made something more beautiful than the dazzling moon we saw during the ice breakers…

During English today, a music video was produced to the song ‘Cake By The Ocean’, where the pool was interpreted into the ocean and children ate cake. Every child got really involved and thoroughly enjoyed either filming, acting, dancing or directing the video, making into a video that Hollywood would be proud off.

After a scrumptious lunch, the children split off into three groups of campfire preparations, horse riding, football and croquet.

A group of 4 girls travelled to the stables where the children went for a hack in the woods. With the sun shining and the heat rising they spent the second half of the session washing the horses, not sure who enjoyed it more, the horses or the children!

During campfire preparations Mathias and Pedro took the lead teaching the younger children how to build a proper fire, collecting the right sort of twigs and kindling as well as making the campsite look appealing ready for the campfire tomorrow evening. We may have accidentally chased some sheep away from some nice looking logs but we feel they found a new patch of grass to graze on.

In order to let the children get to know everyone in the camp, we all took part in several icebreaker challenges in which 6 teams competed. Each team bonded quickly during the first challenge in which they had to sort themselves into orders without speaking which is always challenging but really good fun. The dance routines were a marvel this week with an epic song choice of ‘Work from Home’. Some were better than others, but all the children danced their socks off.

Ending the night on a high with an epic egg throwing competition from the staff, hot chocolate was served with a new special recipe for them to try. The children went to bed sleepy eyed but happy. We’re set for a heat wave tomorrow… 26 degrees! I feel a water-slide coming out…

Week 2, Day 2…

The scorching day started off with a German game of tag introduced by Caraline. Then the traditional game of staff vs children dodgeball came to a quick end when the children absolutely destroyed the out numbered staff. The children then had a choice between cheeky tennis, fantastic film making and scuba diving with scuba Steve aka Bill. The lucky nineteen children to choose tennis headed off to the courts in a rare hot sunny morning. Mathias came out victorious in an intense game of around the world.

In English they took a walk down to the woods to learn how to survive in the wilderness. The children were give the challenge to light a fire with only what they could find in the forest. After the completion of there fire, they were given a scavenger hunt which tested there english vocabulary to the maximum.

The children who chose to do fantastic film were tasked with the opportunity make the L&Ewood film, Charlie and Chocolate Factory. The plethora of roles were distributed amongst the budding film makers – roles such as; wardrobe, script, director, producer and camera women/man. The children chose specific scenes involving the children’s interviews with the press when they found the golden tickets. Three hours later we had the six scenes in the bag and we felt vastly superior to any Hollywood feature length movie!

The blazing afternoon couldn’t have started off any better than with The WaterGames, an aviation game taking from Game of Thrones/Hunger Games. The children were broken up into four teams and the aim was to invade each others zones. After an epic two hour long battle the staff and children descended upon the waterslide. Thankfully the staff had prepared several bottles of fairy liquid to ensure the slippiness off the slide.

The children found shelter from the intense heat when they got the opportunity to go suba-diving. Suba Steve (Bill) lead another epic session. The children always love the opportunity to engage in such a unique activity.

Greta set the tone for the campfire when she gave an incredible performance of her vocal excellence. The night continued with some rousing national anthems around the fire.

We hope the Indian summer continues, however we feel the thunder storm approaching…

Week 2, Day 3…

After a leisurely start to the morning Sam and Ollie took the children to the sports centre for their daily fix of dodgeball. The children then had a choice between canoeing with Big Sam and Paul, kwik cricket and baking.

The sport group were hindered by the weather and confined to the sports hall. However, this didn’t dampen their spirits as Ollie and Harry taught them how to bowl. Luzia, Julian and Mike scored the most points in the bowling game. We then ended with a big game of kwik cricket with Sven particularly impressing with the bat and Julian his fielding. Patrick showed great energy and kept his side in the game on several occasions, and showed why England should be looking at him for this summer series, whilst Aune continued her development from last week and impressed in all the drills.

The creative meanwhile went with Baptiste and Quentin to test out their rap skills. Spitting bars all morning they have managed to come up with a rap worthy of a performance at this Fridays Oscars, to be lead by Greta’s vocals and bars by Luis and Nicolas.

The morning group of canoeists played canoe polo with the green team coming up on top. Following the lead from Tan (aka Jason) who capsized they finished their session with a jump into the lake.

The English group learnt the most important vocabulary – how to bake a cake! After finding their own delicious recipes, the children had the challenge of working out what each ingredient was, what their instructions were, and then in perfect English, requested each item and each quantity from the kitchen staff. It is safe to say we have some Mary Berry’s amongst us! With cupcakes baked to perfection, and a flawless creamy chocolate cake, next year’s Great British Bake off better watch out!

In the afternoon, after a quick duck-duck-goose warm up, the energetic athletes participated in a highly competitive Rounders game. It was intense, with incredible catches, heroic hits, and smashing sprinting – it was a life or death situation! Matt and Mary were blown away with the talent they were seeing. Garance wowed us with her bowling skills, and Theodore’s catches were out of the world! Understandably both children and pupils were exhausted, after a quick refuelling, we split into two groups, Mary took the diva dancers, and Matt the deadly dodgeballers – keen to up their morning dodgeball game. The delightful dancers boogied away to some classics, before Theodore and Baptiste took the role of choreographer and whipped up a masterpiece.

With the theme of this week being Roald Dahl the unlikely trio of Ollie, Harry and Quentin took the creative session. With a chilled vibe inspired by the likes of Robbie Williams, the children attempted their own versions of classic Roald Dahl book covers. Greta’s Fantastic Mr Fox book cover was full of life and mischief, whilst Yoyo’s Dahl inspired 3D book cover, with functioning origami and giraffe was a fantastic sight.

With arms full of popcorn the kids settled down to watch the striking movie adaptation of Dahl’s classic BFG. After the delights of the movie the kids headed upstairs for an early night to recharge the batteries at the half way stage of the week.

Week 2, Day 4…

As usual the day started with dodgeball to get everyone ready for the day ahead. Today the tutors won the match against the children regardless of the unfair ratio! Climbing was the main event of the day, Sam & Kate took the kids to Brimham Rocks, and would like to make a special mention to Cindy, Christine, Rose, Isaac and Tan for their great effort and ability. There was a great team spirit all round and all the climbers were extremely encouraging of each other.

One of the morning sport options was gymnastics as it has previously been very popular and was requested by a lot of the girls. We had a big group partaking in gymnastics, Mary and Lizzie would like to give a special mention to Cindy for improving hugely in just one session and perfecting her forward roll! Rose and Alice were also fantastic and their ability of gymnastics was very high. The girls used their skill to demonstrate and teach the others in the group. The gymnastic group was divided into two teams and their task was to create a floor/ dance routine. Both groups were excellent, showing what they’d learnt in the lesson and involving all team members.

Meanwhile on the other division of the sports hall, Futsal was being led by Matt and Quentin. A new sport for most to try out. The boys said that everyone who took part in the games was enthusiastic and the standard was really high! Special mention to Max who was incredible as a goal keeper! As usual, the horse riders went on a hack in this lovely British weather that we are currently graced with! All the riders doing great and improving every day.

A typical Thursday in creative, continuing making the props for the theme night coming up. All sorts were made in the art room today, from Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, invitations to each dorm to Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday celebration and Olympic Games, to posters to decorate the dining hall with the front covers of all the Roald Dahl books. Tilda was incredibly talented and showed off her talent making different book covers, and all the children worked great together to get all the jobs done for the evening events!

And of course, the heavily anticipated, THEME NIGHT!! To celebrate the 100th Birthday of the world famous timeless author Roald Dahl, the children were all invited to celebrate with some of his most famous characters over his lifetime. Willy Wonka (big Sam) took the children on a trip to visit his good friends Matilda, James and his the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World, the Big Friendly Giant, Oompa-Lumpa’s and George and his marvellous medicine. After being invited by Willy Wonka to join him on the adventure, the five teams had to complete different challenges set by Wiilly Wonka’s delightful companions in order to win as many golden tickets as possible.

The first stop was a step into the dramatic life of Danny the Champion of the world. The courageous challengers took on the terrifying gameskeepers as they had to protect a precious balloon pheasant from being popped by the gallivanting gameskeepers. Despite an injury, Lukas and Robin couldn’t have done a better job and made it through the whole forest! Next stop was a visit to George and his laboratory to make some marvellous medicine. Mixing mentos with various different fizzy pops, Kai created an incredible explosion which blew our hats off! Trudging onto meet Willy Wonka’s next companion Matilda, the children re-enacted Bruce Bogtrotter with a non-handed cake eating race… But we couldn’t be too loud, as there was a huuuuuuuugggggggeeeeeee sleeping giant not too far off, thankfully the children wanted him to have lovely dreams, so as a team, together catapulted dream fuelled water balloons at the giant to send him sweet dreams. Fantastic Mr Fox was next on the road trip, an intense L&E classic was played to steal the chicken from the middle, Tilda showed off her speedy skills by outrunning everyone! Last stop on the list, we were confronted by James’ Giant Peach! The last standing boys and girl on each team bravely took on the upflowing almost vertical rapid water slide. The challenge to be the first to the top was heroically won by a magnificent performance from Mike, which was quickly celebrated by a whole L&E fairy liquid water slide!

What an evening we had! Amazingly, every child managed to complete all of the tasks set by Willy Wonka and his pals, meaning they won enough golden tickets to experience WILLY WONKAS FANTASTIC CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!

With a houseful of excited but exhausted faces, there was no disputing tonight’s bed times! Conversations have already started about tomorrows Oscar night, who knows what will happen…

Week 2, Day 5

Could we have had a better week of weather in the Yorkshire Dales this week? The most delightful weather, topped with the most delightful children. Waking up to the last day of L&E week 2 2016, with the most glorious weather, a hearty breakfast was followed by the highly anticipated tutors v children dodgeball finale. Mike and Sven were letting no dodgeballs catch them, but it was Jade’s absolutely astounding adrenaline fuelled agility skills that somehow, much to the tutors dismay, left the tutors to just one man standing. Little Sam takes on the children from L&E, one final staggering shot from Luis got out the final tutor, and we had to admit defeat…

Super hyped from their victory, excitement was rife as the morning activities were announced. To Cindy and Christina’s delight, Badminton was the sport of the morning. Tutors Matt and Charlie soon understood why the girls had requested a badminton session, with shuttlecocks flying faster than Usain Bolt, and rally’s tenser than the Wimbledon final, the boys were really shown how badminton should be played.

The exploratory adventures were split into two teams, each with the challenge of creating the most daring scavenger hunt. Utilising all the beautiful grounds we are so incredibly lucky to be living in, they sent each other up huge mini-mountains, around lakes and rivers, and throughout fields of plenty. They set each other all different items to be found – the most sought after item being tutor Harry’s left shoe!

The inventive minds assembled to create their own board games. Yoyo’s incredible photographic memory helped her recreate a new version of Monopoly. Emma and Kate showed off their imaginative side by creating a whole new trivia board game, their intelligence beyond belief, questions we had no clue the answers to!

With the final English lessons depressingly here, Sam and Lizzie kicked it off with a quick fire spelling test for all the farfetched vocabulary they’ve attained over the week! Giulia and Francesca nailed it proving the week the success we knew it was! As a celebration, they all researched how to make classic British pancakes, it was flipping fantastic.

This afternoon saw the L&E weekly tradition of the triathlon. Instead of the normal bike section of the triathlon the children were put through their paces with a most intricate assault course. Over, under, kicking, throwing, they made their way through the assault course, which took the place of the normal ‘bike’ section. There were teams competing along with our tough solo competitors. There was a rousing crowd for the solo competitors as they made their way from the pool, to the assault course and finally to the mini-marathon. With Luzia and Aune neck in neck – the crowd were going absolutely insane!! Luzia managed to beat not just every individual, but every single team. Girl power!

L&E 2016 week 2 Oscars did not disappoint. With two new awards made up for this week due to some impressive fancy dress outfits and general kindness the night was a huge success. As well as new awards, the unveiling of the Teen Travel 2015 video went down a storm especially with Sierra, as she was one of the teen travelers. Along with these new awards were the old favorites, with this weeks star camper proudly named as Emma!

The children danced their hearts out in the performing arts centre after the Oscars………I’m sure there was some ceilidh dancing in there somewhere! The weather looks good for our trip to Whitby tomorrow, sun, sea, sand and maybe some sleep on the way!

 

WEEK 3

Week 3, Day 1…

Another beautiful day here at L&E as the sun rose, breaking through the rain clouds from the night before. The new children were inducted into the L&E morning routine with a big game of dodge ball. If there were any tired eyes from the night before they quickly disappeared as yellow balls whizzed around the sports hall. The games concluded with a children vs tutors game, which was heavily contested, and the tutors were out to win! The balls flew fast and furiously around the room, grazing legs and arms sending children and staff walking off the court. It was down to Charlie against the majority of the children from camp. Regrettably we report that the staff were defeated this week but will be back for the win next week!

This morning the children had a wide range of activities to choose from; so much so that we got reports that the children were upset that they had too many good choices and were having difficulty deciding! The future tennis stars of this world took to the courts whilst the adventurous souls of the camp went exploring in a Robin Hood fashion to practice their archery skills. The children who chose the creative option decided to use half o the tutor’s faces to impose their own impression buy drawing the other side of their face. Their perceptions were enlightening! Whilst this was occurring the dream team of English learners were getting to know each other with some word association games.

After a short break, the morning was concluded with a team round robin of L&E ball, the first in a series of games running all week before lunch. We adapted the traditional English game of rounders, and the children used tennis rackets to belt tennis balls around the field. There were some superb catches and even better runs from base to base. The children really enjoyed getting into some team spirit and with some wins and losses under their belts they are really looking forward to continuing the competition tomorrow.

Lunch was delicious. With a plate of spaghetti bolognaise in their tummy, the children were raring to go and excited to hear what the afternoon would bring.

Our horse riders left for their first lesson this week and the young footballers amongst us, strapped on their boots for their first football lesson. The tennis was so over subscribed in the morning that it was offered again in the afternoon as well as the options for a giant pop art/classic painting or a treasure hunt around the grounds. The treasure hunt was a massive success with 4 teams entering. The winning prize however went to the French who found all 24 items including a lucky cockerel picture and an excellent Z shaped stick.

Traditionally icebreakers were the plan for the evening and it was a fantastic success. We eased into them with some ordering games and the children were getting to know more campers a little more. The after eight games, always a favourite, was completed in a new L&E record of 0.5seconds by Julian. A record that we think will stand for a long time! The children showed their amazing waitress and waiter skills as they were spun round and asked to deliver a cup of water on a tray to the pot 10ft away. The night ended with some excellent dances to JT’s, Can’t stop that feeling, and the best performances were given more resources to craft their plummeting vessels to protect their egg from, THE EGG DROP! There were some discrepancies on how ‘legal’ the created vessels were, but the true test was having big Sam throw it from the second floor. After having some eggs scrambled on the pavement, having not made the drop, there were three lucky eggs!

As a great, and very busy day one came to an end there were several mugs of hot chocolate to be enjoyed. The smiling campers made their way to bed as the L&E tutors plan the next days exciting activities.

Night, night!

Week 3, Day 2…

We were lucky to wake up to the sun streaming through our windows again this morning and bacon for breakfast so the early rise was shaken off quickly by all!

Those feeling energetic headed for the hockey pitch to learn new skills and enjoy a morning run around. Meanwhile our English students went to discuss their favourite foods from home and then pick a recipe to cook in tomorrow’s session. Other campers took to the outside to find natural materials to make exotic clothes from and our winning stylist created an eccentric bow tie from leaves.

The afternoon consisted of our elite footballers having serious team talks and tactic discussions in preparation for their match against Bedale Juniors on Thursday afternoon. One more day of finalising positions and deciding on some set play will hopefully bring in a win for the newly formed L&E ballers.

Our horse riders set off keen for their afternoon trek after a yummy lunch and enjoyed their second lesson of the week. Scuba diving was run throughout the day today, with the advanced divers learning some more technical skills including the all important skill of – what to do when you run out of air! The art room became a hive of activity predominantly with ‘one point perspective’ creations but also trying the art of henna (there are now plenty of decorated hands and feet wandering around camp)! For the other sporting characters it was a competitive afternoon of tennis; both table and on the astro turf which made for accuracy and strength skills really coming into play.

The much anticipated camp fire filled the evening not only with some additional warmth but also an array of songs from around the world. There was an amazing display of talent from all over the world this evening; we had national anthems sang with passion, rap songs accompanied with dance moves and infamous camp songs with various accents! It was a special atmosphere around the fire with everyone learning more about new friends as well as the art of marshmallow toasting.

As ever, it was a jam packed day and when time for PJ’s and hot chocolate came people were happy to head for bed to be ready for the next day!

Week 3, Day 3…

Beautiful blue skies met campers this morning, ensuring another fun-filled day of activities. The traditional dodgeball managed to awaken even the most sleepy campers. Julie and Charlie showing some impressive skills dodging, diving and ducking. After dodgeball the boys and girls participated in some very relaxing yoga, led by our very own guru master Charlotte. Then we had the daily rounders games, a very action-filled morning!

The traditional British meal of bangers and mash for lunch provided the campers with plenty of sustenance for the rest of the day. Afternoon activities consisted of a choice of Kwik-cricket, stop-motion, football and for the very adventurous canoeing. In Kwik-cricket we had some fantastic play by Alice and Nikol, both taking on some fearsome shots.

In stop-motion, where the kids made films out of modelling clay, some directory excellence was shown by Hannah and some artistic brilliance from Greta and Faye. The films will be released Friday 29th July… watch this space.

In afternoon football, things were getting serious. The greatly anticipated match of the week is approaching and ensuring the players are physically and mentally prepared falls into the hands of coaches Baptiste and Quentin Debris. In an interview with the team manager, Sam Ridgway, it was revealed that he has high hopes for the team, though he implores the team not to be too complacent. After all the Bedale team did win against Man U last year (Ridgway’s former favourite team).

The adventurous headed to the lake for canoeing, with Ivanna, David, Patrick, Theo and Robin making a splash! A water polo type game in the canoes along with some wobbly heads, knees and toes singing was enjoyed.

After dinner the team headed out onto the hillside for SLIP ‘N’ SLIDE! Sumo’s, children and tutors threw themselves down the soapy slide. Water guns and hosepipes were brandished and some impressive sliding was seen from all those involved. After the long day everyone chilled out with movie night, very much deserved by all.

Week 3, Day 4…

As the rain pattered down on the roof of Asygarth the children rose their sleepy heads to the voices of their tutors waking them up. It was a grey Yorkshire morning but the weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our keen campers.

Breakfast was saucy hoops with scrumptious sausages that went down a treat. Once bellies were full it was onto dodge ball where the children duck, dove and dipped away from the flying blurs of the yellow balls. Continuing with ball sports, the sporting campers continue in the sports hall and played some badminton and volleyball. Francesca pulled out some superb serves and Lucia made some excellent strikes to win points for her team.

The creative crew started on painting some banners to support out budding footballers for their match in the evening. A group also worked with Baptiste, putting together a rap to perform for our Oscar evening.

Whilst campers were having lots of fun on site a group left for a morning of climbing, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The rain did not deter the amazing climbers from moving up the rocks like spider monkeys and abseiling down like Spiderman!

After the campers enjoyed sweet and sour chicken for lunch we hoped for a break in the steady light rain, and our prayers were answered. Apart from a few scattered showers activities went ahead, with relatively dry conditions. The creative group continues with their signs for the football whilst the football team worked hard with their L&E coaches to perfect their tactics ahead of this evenings match. The horse riders enjoyed their last lesson with a tack around the Yorkshire countryside and loved grooming their horses after arriving back. Another group of climbers scaled the cliffs and a group tried their hand at water polo, which turned into surfing around on the big floats. And due to high demand another volleyball session was put on so the die-hard fans could complete their competitive matches.

Arguably one of the most enjoyable nights during a week stay at L&E is theme night and this week it was a show down between Disney and Pixar. The scene was set, the avid Pokémon Go craze has swept the world in the past few weeks, and since all Pokémon had been caught the trainers have kidnapped the Disney and Pixar characters as they prepare to take over the world! With Mr Incredible, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Bert from Mary Poppins and Woody all captured by a Pokémon villain the children had to follow the video clues to track them down and recapture them before it was too late! There were several activities for them to complete along the way, collecting stars as a Pokémon trainer. All children had an amazing time and the energy from each group was evident as the tutors tried to put them to bed afterwards.

It was an outstanding day at L&E and our campers, tucked up in bed, are excited for what tomorrow will bring and have been thinking about the nominations for the Oscars tomorrow. Until then…good night.

Week 3, Day 5…

Everyone woke up this morning a bit tired for our last day of the week..

As always, after breakfast, the traditional L&E dodgeball activity took place and showed, once again, that some of the children have great talent! For morning activities, sport was taking place in the sports hall for a futsal game, where Julian and Theo excelled, and Max’s team won the tournament.

In creative, the children cut potatoes into shapes. Some had the word Hello on them, others were shaped like stars.. Anyway, this activity was incredible and showed how are creative activities can be really original.
Concerning the adventure activity, they were training in the swimming pool to become professional lifeguards and looking at them, you can see all the potential in these great swimmers!
After lunch, all the children put their swimsuits on to go to the swimming pool and start the 3rd 2016 triathlon… The great athlete Luzia won yet again the competition and finished this huge task in only 3 minutes ( maybe a new record ? ).
After a small break and dinner, even if weather wasn’t great, everyone was keen to get to the famous Oscar night ! Once more, a lot of new awards were given, including the raping Oscar for Daniel and the best rounders team, won by Robyn’s team. The crowd stayed quiet to listen to Julien and Sarah presenting week 3’s rising star won by Rebecca whereas Luzia won star camper and got to see her name inscribed on the L&E wall of fame !
Everyone could then enjoy their last moments at camp and for others, the end of another great week waiting impatiently for the fourth one to come…

 

WEEK 4

Week 4 – Day 1…

The sun blazed down upon Aysgarth School and gave light to yet another week at L&E. The morning activities consisted of archery which taught the children how to respect the art and at the same time shoot arrows at a foam target. Everyone was exceptional however there was a standout performance from Charlie and with the added threat of homicidal sheep lead to the archer’s morning very eventful.

The ones who took English took on the challenge of a memory game. The aim of the game was to find out several things about their partners such as how many pets they have, where they are from and what their favourite past time was. It turns out, this was not challenging enough as they all remembered practically everything about their partners. We then resorted to a game of wink murderer to complete the morning activity.

The sports options were tennis and lacrosse. Tennis as the tutor put it was “great fun”, and they all played a game that Holly taught the group. Lacrosse being a more complex sport was more challenging however the children managed to grasp the skills wishing the first couple of drills. With a stand out performance form Simon.

And finally the creative option the group took photos from Harry Potter characters and cut them in half. Then they drew on the rest. Master pieces were created in that session with Faye creating a piece of art that would go for billions.

After a jam packed morning, the lunch bell chimed and the kids settled down for a hearty meal to get them ready for the afternoon. With full tummies and beaming faces the group split off to do various sports, get creative or go horse riding. The adventure activity, archery, was so popular that it ran all day! A group set off through the fields to set up their course and practice with their bows and arrows – safe to say we have a few budding Robin Hoods in our midst! After a few tentative shots, George and Nina found their aim and got to grips with this newfound hobby. Football took a smaller group this afternoon, but needless to say they still had a fantastic afternoon with Nicholas and Maciej showing what they’re made of. The third sport, volleyball, was also popular and is fast becoming a favourite in camp!

The creative team took on the challenge of making a parody of the song ‘Uptown Funk’, Darklord Funk, keeping with our Harry Potter theme this week. It is a work in progress so keep your eyes peeled for the finished product! The horse riders met their ponies for the week and the newcomers got to grips with the basics, whilst those who have been here longer continued to hone their skills.

The main building was almost empty during the afternoon break as most of the kids (and some of the tutors!) enjoyed a splash in the swimming pool. Having worked up an appetite they sat down for dinner while the tutors prepared some ice breaker games for the evening activity to get everyone to mingle. The camp was split into groups who competed in relay races, had to feed each other yoghurt, stuff marshmallows in their mouths and say “chubby bunnies”, and answer questions about the tutors. The evening was a huge success and our campers went to bed with new friends and happy faces! We can’t wait for the sun to rise and see what Tuesday holds…

Week 4 – Day 2…

Waking up to a magical misty morning was very suited in preparation for the trip we were taking to the forbidden forest later that evening…

The scene was set for the second day of magical madness in our wizarding week! Successfully making our way through the eerie fog towards the sports hall, brought on the classic dodgeball. Despite the unfair child to tutor ratio, the tutors managed to pull through… almost!

We warmly welcomed back our fantastic pal Bill who whisked the children under the sea to scuba dive and see everything the pool had to hold. Although Michael could tell us lots of his experience on virtual reality scuba diving, he had never done it in real life, and he loved it!! Some true talent amongst all the children, every single child with a huuuuggggeeee smile on their face!

The English students had their skills tested to the limit as they had to find and create their own recipes for creating the most challenging baking masterpiece, not just a gingerbread man, not just a gingerbread house, but gingerbread Hogwarts!! A challenging task, testing their English ability to research foods, kitchen equipment, and methods of cooking. After a long morning of research and planning, the class are ready prepared for tomorrow morning to create their masterpiece.

The critical creative kids created every child’s dreams for when they turn 11, the Hogwarts invitation letter. Copying from an original, they used their artistic ability to create a replica the Hogwarts sign, and design of the letters. But more importantly, the paper had to be authentic. Out came the teabags to stain the paper the genuine colour it would have been when sent out by Professional Dumbledore.

Indoor hockey went down a treat as one of the sporting options this morning, everybody getting so involved, and picking up the skills quicker than we have ever seen at L&E!

The dancing group had a slight different dynamic to the usual crown dancing attracts. We were thrilled to see the older boys getting involved with a dance off against the experienced female dance squad. But boy oh boy did they give them run for their money. With Zander pulling out back flips, and Nicholas throwing moves unseen ever before, the competition will only be decided at the real dance off during Fridays Oscars.

After a scrumptious lunchtime, everyone was thrilled to see a surprise visit from tutor Will who missed L&E too much, so just had to come back to see us all! So we set him onto his specialty and hosted a huge sporting afternoon. Ultimate Frisbee ball is always a winner when Will is about, and of course, as usual it went down an absolute treat. Playing the rules of ultimate Frisbee, but instead using a ball, the time flew past quicker than the ball did! Topped off with a killer game of kwick cricket, it is safe to say the children gained uncountable amounts of new sporting skills this afternoon!

Not forgetting one key part of Harry Potter, the word ‘quidditch’ had been flying about quite a lot… But of course the one thing missing were broomsticks! So off the artistic minds went into the woods to find appropriate branches to make life size broomsticks. Using the magical spell ‘Up’ the broomsticks flew into their hands – luckily Charlie caught it all on video!

Fajitas for dinner to refuel our budding young potential Hogwarts attendee’s for the big night ahead. And they truly needed it. Post dinner the children lined up, and tensions were rife as they waited outside the great hall, where Dumbledore would present the sorting had which would shortly be announcing their fate for the upcoming week. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, that was the question on everyone’s mind. Joe was one of the first up, and his ravishing red hair was the giveaway that he followed his likely ancestors by being sorted into Gryffindor. Just as the last few children found out their houses, Hagrid suddenly burst in! The children’s assistance was needed down in the outskirts of the forbidden forest to help Hagrid and his magical musical beasts with his cackling campfire!

So we wrapped up warm in all our cloaks, and headed on down to see how our musical abilities could help out Hagrid. Simona, Rachel and Zander kicked off the musical talent with a well-rehearsed rap, setting the standard super high. But that was nothing for Lydia or Laura who wowed us all with their sensational solos! It was an absolutely beautiful evening, David & Ivana’s exceptional duets, Anna and Joanna delightfully sweet German harmonies, every child showed off their bursting musical skills and made the evening more special than any of us could have imagined.

A cauldron full of hot chocolate set the children into a dreamy daze and after some musical madness, they flew up into bed, exciting for what tomorrow will hold…

Day 3, Week 4…

After our traditional dodgeball game, the English group went on a scavengers hunt looking for objects following the alphabet. Ivanna and Nikol managed to find an object for every letter.

The sport session wanted to keep to it’s true British traditions, and offered to the children the possibility to play croquet and boules.

Meanwhile, in creative, preparation of the Harry Potter theme night was a priority so the groups made ties out of cardboard with the colours of the different Hogwarts houses.
The adventure group, like every Tuesday, went to the lake to go canoeing and came back tired but entirely satisfied of their morning.
After a good lunch, the third afternoon of the week started, and in sports, whilst some children chose to go to the pool to play water polo, some others preferred playing badminton.
In creative, some of the children continued making ties and others wrote ideas of trailers they could film. An other adventure group left to go canoeing.
After dinner, the children were taken to the performing art centre to watch a movie, getting prepared for tomorrow’s theme night. At the end of the movie, everyone drank a cup of hot chocolate then went to bed, incredibly impatient to get the next day started…

Week 4, Day 4…

The excited children woke up with a slight twinkle in their eyes, as they knew the day was all about Harry Potter. Morning dodgeball got them all in the mood for the great day ahead.

Todays sport kicked off with gymnastics and football. In gymnastics the children flipped about on the mats in the indoor centre. The footballers enjoyed the sunny weather that only comes once in a blue moon.

The climbers ventured off to the nearby cliffs to experience what its like to live on the edge. They especially had to face their fears when it came to letting go of the rope when they began their abseil.

The creative children helped make theme night amazing as they all helped make the props that decorated the school. The props helped to turn Aysgarth school into an enchanting Hogwarts.

Theme night started off with an astonishing magical animal show, which consisted of snakes, rats, africa snails, bearded dragon and a tarantula. The children then all lead into the dinning, where a truly great feast was waiting for them. They were then greeted by the staff dressed up as Harry Potter characters. After the great feast the children were invited to the Hogwarts Open Day. More to follow on this….

Day 5, Week 4

Fresh from a night of mystical wonders the children tackled their daily dose of dodgeball with great vigour and enthusiasm. The game of dodgeball was one of the most tightly fought between the staff and children of the week, with the staff pulling of a stunning comeback to take the week series 3-2.

It was a very special birthday today – David! Cake and songs a plenty! We’ll be very sad to say goodbye tomorrow.

Continuing the Harry Potter theme of the week the children, in the houses that they were sorted into on Tuesday, took part in a quidditch tournament. In a round robin which was fiercely contested, Gryffindor somewhat fittingly triumphed, Ravenclaw and Slytherin shared second and Hufflepuff third.
Following this, the kids moved onto the final game of the week long rounders tournament, in which Matt’s team featuring, Axel, Simona, Trevor, Alice, Nicolas, Charlotte, Cherry, Juan and Lydia emerged deserving victors.
In the afternoon we finished the week with a Tri-Wizard tournament. The children, faced a swim, and tough obstacle course. Kieran claimed third, Thomas second, whilst for the 4th week in a row and setting a new personal best, of 2:56, Luzia once more drove to victory.
As ever we finished today with the Oscars, although this week we had a slight twist. Tonight was the inaugural L&E variety performance. In between awards we were treated to a wealth of acts, including singing, gymnastics, comedy and a touch of magic. A huge credit must go to the children who showed tremendous courage and a considerable amount of talent as they took the stage. In the awards, little Michael took the Rising Star Award after demonstrating great potential, as he took on all the obstacles he has faced over the week, pushing himself at times when he was apprehensive as demonstrated by his performance at canoeing. Bulent meanwhile grabbed the big award, Star Camper. Bulent, in his fifth year with the camp, was given the award, after pushing himself out of his comfort zone, and for showing such a startling transformation from the at times timid 9 year old who struggled on his first visit to the camp, to the confident ebullient engaging young man that he now is.

WEEK 5

Week 5 Day 1

A windy start to the day ensured the children were down for breakfast in time for their scrumptious crumpets and cereal. With their bellies full, they headed over to the sports hall for the first session of the daily dodge ball competition. The tutors put up a good fight, however with the sheer number of children, and the poor catching and throwing displayed by the tutors, the children began their week as they mean to go on, with a very convincing win.

The morning session offered the choices of Tennis where Miles and Simon in particular demonstrated fantastic technique and were the stand out players. Archery and den building were the adventure options today, giving the children the opportunity to build their own waterproof den, and to then work on their target practice in archery. Creative offered the children the chance to channel their inner Monet with half face drawing of the tutors, and taking a section of Monet’s famous “starry night” and joining them all together to show our own L&E version of the beautiful piece. The English students took part in their own scavenger hunt where they had the chance to explore the wonderful grounds on offer to the children here at Aysgarth school, as well as finding objects that represent every letter of the alphabet. The morning session was completed with an entire camp rounder’s tournament that allowed all children to have the chance to bat and field and work as a team to earn the highest score possible. The children demonstrated some fantastic teamwork as well as some superb hits and catches, and the results table currently stands equal as we head into the next session on Wednesday.

As the weather cleared ready for the afternoon sessions and the horse riders trotted off for their first session of the week, a number of children took to the outside courts to show off their basketball skills and slam dunk their way to victory in the basketball tournament. The creative session saw the children continue their half face and Monet painting, and Hitoha was the stand out artist of the day, with her incredible half face picture. The adventures continued on their archery mission, and having been inspired by the English students, the adventures took part in their own scavenger hunt giving them the opportunity to explore the beautiful Aysgarth grounds.

The evening made way for usual first night icebreakers, which saw some spinning, feeding, dressing up, spilling, dropping and building and more importantly, some new friendships being created. Gaia once again proved herself the ultimate champion of ‘chubby bunnies’ somehow managing to fit 15 marshmallows into her mouth whilst still being able to say the phrase ‘chubby bunnies’ with ease.

After enjoying a warm hot chocolate the children settled themselves into bed ready for all the excitement that day 2 has to offer.

Day 2, Week 5….

The children didn’t need much rousing this morning as the smell of bacon butties was enough to draw them from their snug wee beds. As the children ventured to the dodgeball arena, tensions were high for the second day of the week long dodgeball fanatics. With some of the children still in their infancy stage of dodgeball techniques the seasoned returners showed them the ropes.

Despite some of the children still acclimatizing to the height of British summer, tutors were astounded by the blazing sun.

The creative activity kicked off with an Olympic themed extravaganza. The budding artists created Flags, rings and board games. One of our younger campers created an excellent snakes and ladders style board game presenting all of the events in the competition with polevault poles and waterslides.

The sporting option for the morning was Long ball, which for the uninitiated consists of a fielding and a kicking team with kickers aiming to score runs after kicking the ball without the fielders catching or hitting them out. Our new camper Jacob was our stand out performer in longball today delivering some excellent kicks and achieving a plethora of runs. The football fanatics were ecstatic as the football was released from the grasp of ex semi-pro footballer, tutor Ashleigh. Boy oh boy, what a game. France and Brazil, watch out – Axel and Alan are coming your way for 2018 Qatar.

The spectacular Scuba Steve (Bill!) was back with the weekly scuba diving sessions. The children’s faces lit up as last weeks campers could reminisce on their exceptional experience from the previous week. Every child made a splash during the underwater experience, the sights they saw in the L&E Scuba diving pool making the Great Barrier Reef below average.

A well deserved lasagne and garlic bread for lunch were consumed in the blink of an eyelid, refuelling for a super active afternoon.

Bench ball and Volleyball caught the eyes of the sporty soles in the Olympic L&E camp. A quick insight into what is going to lie ahead in our upcoming Olympic Theme Day this Friday… Talent is high. Skill is high. Friday Olympics will be undoubtedly epic.

Keeping with the Olympic theme, our creative clan took off to the kitchens to bake some exceptional Olympic Ring Cookies. Not only did they taste like gold, the intricate Olympic designs were second to none.

In preparation for the upcoming equestrian events, our riders went all out. Trotting was yesterdays news as our horse riders were quickly cantering around the school. It was simply beyond belief! One of Asad’s first few times on a horse, yet he was keeping up and surpassing expectations.

Back to camp for an ever so popular swim session, creating the appetites for Mexican night – FAJHITAS!!!! The dining room was a lot quieter than normal as the children (and staff) became incredibly stuck into their delicious dinner. But of course, that didn’t last for long! Tuesday night means one thing… Camp fire! And with two new staff this week, that means two new solo performances! However, for the first time in 2016 L&E, the English weather didn’t quite hold up for us… But have no fear, with a quick switcheroo the cinema was all set up, popcorn was being popped, duvets were down, and Cool Running’s captivated the children! Laughter could be heard for miles as the Jamaican bob sleigh team showed us how to compete in the winter Olympics – Cool Running’s style!

A lovely warm hot chocolate for everyone upon arrival back from the cinema, and then straight to bed, eager eyed for what Wednesday has to hold.

Day 3, Week 5…

The sun was shining and this morning at L&E after an intense game of dodgeball we took some time to relax and find our zen. Guru Harioli (Harriet) led a calm and relaxing yoga session for everybody over 10. From head to toe every inch of our bodies was stretched out. We were replenished and refreshed for another exhilarating new day at L&E! The mini under 10s had a slightly different warm up with a crazy active gymnastics session with Mary and Jules, where they wowed them with their Olympic potential despite not even being in double figures!

Then it was time for the penultimate day of rounders never have as many rounders been scored at L&E – the yoga had clearly paid off. The admiral adventurers however had a slightly different morning as they drove off into the wild with Lenny to take on the canoes. Everybody was drenched from top to bottom after purposely capsizing every boat.

Lunch went down a treat, sausages never fail to disappoint. Then it was straight to afternoon activities. In sport today we had plenty of chance to show off impressive rhythm in dance and learn some new tricks in gymnastics. From Ballet led by the wonderful Emy, to an intense Olympic Gymnastics session, with Laura landing her side areal which was stupendous!

With the second half the brave adventures out canoeing with Sam, the others ventures out into the woods with Harry and Adam to learn some life skills and build deadly dens. But that wasn’t their only task, as tonight we were having CAMPFIRE! Down to the bonfire they went, making sure everything was ready and set for the exciting night ahead…

In creative we had an explosion of colour as the children created tie dye patterns on huge different sheets, and then moved on to concrete creations, and decorated the playground with anything from a hippo to the Eiffel tower!

Dinner was, as always, an absolute delight! We may have all heard a little pitter patter on the windows, but nothing was going to stop us from the bonfire bonanza! Coats on, and we wrapped up warm before heading down to the campfire. But we need not have worn that extra jumper! The campfire was GINORMOUS and kept all the children (and their marshmallows) lovely toasty and warm! Some beautiful voices silenced the crowd, and won over the hearts of everyone. Yet again, an evening sweeter than the marshmallows we toasted. An absolute delight of an evening, setting the atmosphere beautifully for the next fantastic few days we have!

Day 4, Week 5

Campers and staff alike rose today and were met as usual by a hearty breakfast and a hotly contested dodgeball session. This has been a difficult dodgeball week for the L&E tutors in the staff v campers match and as a result the orange shirts arrived keen to avenge a string of defeats. No such luck however, as the excellent campers made light work of beating the staff in record time! No wonder the campers embarked upon their morning activities in high spirits.

For some, next up was English which involved an old classic ‘word association’ before everyone reviewed their favourite films. Josephine and Tai in particular seized this challenge very well and showed they have all the talents for a career as a film critique! Elsewhere, those who chose sport for their morning’s fun remained in the Sports Hall for Futsal. Toma and Niamh amongst others showed some real flair, with Niamh scoring an absolute screamer! The session was wrapped up with a game of crossbar challenge, which saw Miles end the morning victorious!

Creative today comprised two activities. Some went to the art room to begin preparations for tomorrow’s big event – the L&E Olympics! In additions to the nations flags, a huge banner proudly emblazoned with the Olympic rings was created by Bulent, Charlotte and Simona, while Francis’ innovation was shown when using loom bands to create a musical instrument ready for rousing campers at the opening ceremony tomorrow.

The rest began their morning at Aysgarth School but by the time they sat down for lunch had visited toured Tokyo, Paris and Rome before soaring like a bird through mountain ranges and swimming with whales. However, this was not another of L&E’s excellent excursions – some children had chosen to build their own ‘Virtual Reality’ goggles. While the instructions made this look a daunting task at the start, everyone pulled together and by the end had used their goggles to travel around the world – amazing!

After a delicious lunch it was time for the decisive matches in this week’s rounders tournament. After some humoungous hits and cracking catches, a clear winner was decided. I can say no more here though – the victorious team will be announced at the Olympic closing ceremony tomorrow night! A quick change into swimgear and the children were ready for the weekly ‘L&E’ mudder challenge with children aiming to dive, slip and slide around the course in the quickest time possible. A memorable afternoon was had by all, campers and staff alike!

Everyone had earned their scrumptious supper and it was after this that a change of plan was announced. While usually Thursday night would be theme night, with the Olympic extravaganza planned for tomorrow, tonight would see teams take part in the L&E quiz! Children were put through their paces in all kinds of subjects, including recognising staff form their baby photos. Everyone did excellently considering the intense day which had just ensued, and by the end everyone was glad to enjoy their hot chocolate and head to bed – ready for an Olympic Experience like no other tomorrow!

Day 5, Week 5….

Where has the week gone? It has simply flown by, we cannot believe it is Friday already!!

Last night was the beginning to what turned out to be an exceptional not just theme night, but theme day at L&E!

Waking up to the glorious sunshine, the children hopped out of bed and down to the Olympic dining room for the breakfast for champions, AKA sausage and beans of course! Head to toe in sports gear, we all headed across to the Olympic warm up studio for an Olympic warm up, because, you guessed it, our theme day was of course all about THE OLYMPICS!!

I don’t know whether it was the beans and sausage, or the children could just sense the Olympics in the air. But out Olympic warm up, AKA dodgeball, was absolutely beyond belief. Dodgeballs thrown faster than Usain Bolt’s running, ducking and diving to put Tom Daley to shame, it was out of this world!

Straight from dodgeball, we headed over to the theatre, where the children were welcomed and introduced to the day. Personalised programmes were handed out as Monsieur ‘Arry, our very own Olympic commentator, gave us a background to the Olympics, and spoke us through our itinerary.

Then it was to the tactical team talk. Faces were painted, banners were made, flags were conjured, and most importantly, national anthems were learnt! First up it was China, interesting is perhaps the best adjective for their unique performance, next up a more audible USA took to the stage and belted out The Star Spangled Banner! Followed by performances from Kenya, Australia, Greece, Jamaica! And then we were off, onto the first event of the day – Sumo Wrestling!

But what’s that we see the children asked? We’ve only gone and stumbled upon two Acro Gymnasts warming up! We were fortunate enough to see Mr Zander and Miss Laura practising their routine, with back flips, back somersaults, aerials and every stunt imaginable! Simone Biles may have won the individual, but Zander and Laura have the duo down to a T.

After that short distraction it was to the sumo ring! Each country had one representative who fought incredibly patriotically, Rachel was adamant she would not let China down, but Alan was just that little bit too strong. Staying undefeated, Alan won the Sumo wrestling putting Jamaica in the lead!

Quick lunch break for the ever so popular fish Friday as a good omega refuelling, then it was straight out for the swimming gala! Swimming hats on, and the hype was unreal, the atmosphere was electric! Michael Phelps had better watch out, especially with Lotti’s exceptional start, and Georgi’s fantastic finish.

The competition then moved on to rhythmic gymnastics which saw the campers display an impressive array of twists, turns and twirls to dazzle the onlooking audience. With the judges suitably impressed (and amused) by some outstanding performances from Zander and Charlotte in particular, attention turned to archery. The Olympics leaderboard remained very tight and everyone knew the deadly accuracy of the archers could give one nation a crucial lead. As it happened, Bulent and Paula’s impressive bullseyes gave China the lead in this event to deafening applause!

With the wind howling around the Table Tennis arena, the competition was moved to an indoor arena. This turned out for the best though as it meant everyone was right on top of the action to cheer on Nihaal and Dany fought off the competition to reach the final. The Kenya crowd roared with appreciation as Dany brought home the gold with some phenomenal ping pong!

Next up was the eagerly anticipated 100m sprint. There was silence amongst the onlooking crowd as the racers awaited the starting call. All the racers got off to a great start and showed tremendous pace but as the race went on Javier’s long stride proved crucial and handed USA a huge victory moving into the final event – the tug of war. A favourite event for staff in particular – guaranteed to produce hilarious scenes. The teams huffed and puffed, moaned and groaned while the tutors laughed at some of the outstanding facial expressions on show. After a fiercely contested exhibition of brute force the USA won the tug of war!

The Olympic closing ceremony was combined with the finale of any week at L&E – the Oscars! During the closing ceremony the USA were crowned Olympic champions after an incredible day of sport and the Star Spangled Banner rang out across the hall before Rob and Harry’s teams were announced as winners of the rounders tournament. As with every week, the Oscars are an important opportunity to recognise the achievements of campers across the week and for tutors to show their appreciation for the great effort and attitude shown by the L & E campers. Amongst a range of prestigious awards, staff and campers alike agreed that Niamh thoroughly deserved the star camper award, and this was affirmed after her rousing (yet simple) acceptance speech.

What a week it’s been at L&E! Attention now turns to our exciting excursion at York tomorrow, and welcoming our newly arriving campers on Sunday for what should be a wonderful week 5!

 

WEEK 6

Day 1, Week 6:

Surely not? It can’t be? The last week of L&E is here already?! It just doesn’t feel right! We’re not quite ready for the fun to end yet! But that means just one thing – this week is going to be the best week possibly imaginable!

The weather set us off to a dazzling delightful start to the week, and BBC tells us we’re in luck all week round! The bell rang and the children raced down to the smell of a French Boulangerie and devoured pain au chocolates and pain au raisins, steadily fuelling them for an action packed day ahead!

And it was time for the first of many intense dodgeball warm ups. Some of last weeks reigning champions had better watch out – Alan Javier and Jennifer have definitely got some new competition for their morning routine… Rounding up with the classic tutors v children, despite our best efforts, they somehow managed to clear the floor. With just Lizzie left standing for the tutors, she was attacked and the children managed to beat us! 1-0 to the children, 4 more games to go…

Katy, Ashleigh, and Charlie took the creative clan under their wing and into the art studio where they conjured up some absolute masterpieces with clay models. Ashleigh was particularly proud of her blue whale – his name was Jonathon, the children less impressed than she was, unsurprisingly their models were drastically more impressive!

Ollie was hugely impressed with keen adventures who all tried out archery, many of them for the first time. A special mention has to be given to Ahmed who managed to hit the balloon on the target before anyone else!

It was tutor Adam’s last day with us at L&E L so of course, we had to do his favourite activity – Longball! A good mixture of football, dodgeball and bench ball, all create this extravaganza that is a well-loved L&E sport! Trinity dragged her side back into a keenly fought contest and managed to secure a last gasp victory for her team.

This morning also saw the next instalment of our rounders tournament. After a slightly sedate start as some kids struggled to grasp the concept of the game, a fierce contest aroused. With the emphasis on sportsmanship the children got involved and played in a great spirit and we saw some excellent catching by Jacob especially to dismiss tutor, Harry.

This afternoon, the kids were spoilt for choice with the adventure option, as lifesaving and a scavenger hunt were available. The scavenger hunt saw some of the most innovative and out of the box thinking that we have witnessed throughout the whole duration of the camp. Meanwhile Matt taught the basics of lifesaving to the kids who ventured to the pool.

With the Premier League season now underway, the sport option, football, was as ever immensely popular. With a few drills and skill based games first, the children were then split into 2 teams. In the ensuing match, the tika-taka brand of football played by Olivia’s side proved triumphant over Adam, and a more Sam Allardyce styled approach.

With the fine weather prevailing at last, we were able to open up the water slide after a week without. At this moment in time it seems just to give a shout out to the human crashmats of Ollie, Matt, Rob and Harry. Despite the battering of the male members of staff, a great time was had by all.

Ice breakers were attacked with their usual vigour. However the highlight of the show was undoubtedly the bin bag fashion show. In an echo of Milan, the teams created an outfit using merely 2 bin bags and any foliage they could get their hands on. After commanding and owning the catwalk, it was Charlie’s team that prevailed. After the ice breakers, as ever it was our secret recipe hot chocolate and bed.

Day 2, Week 6

Spirits were high this morning as the sun was once again gleaming brightly over Asgarth School. The children were extra excited this morning over their tasty tomato and succulent bacon, as Scuba Steve was coming for his weekly scuba-diving lessons.

Morning warm up of dodgeball took place in a not so regular fashion as children were split into team depending on what they had for breakfast whilst the first group of divers took to the pool. Once the children were warmed up, the tutors stepped in for the daily tutor vs. children dodgeball game in which the tutors managed to fight back and become victorious, 1-1!!

For those who didn’t get the chance yesterday, archery was this mornings sport option in which the children showed great strength and aim, competing in different courses, and testing the archers ability. Trinity showed great skill, hitting the water balloon on target on an early shot.

As suggested early today, Thursday’s activity night will take place under the theme of SUPERHEROS! The creative amongst us headed to the art room to craft superhero masks.

After lunch, with the sun strong, the creative option was brought outside. The budding artists therefore took to the basketball court to create some super spectacular recreations of different superhero’s icons, brightening up the court.

Ultimate Frisbee was the sporting option, and although the children were slightly apprehensive to begin, they quickly picked up the rules and the game quickly became very competitive, with both teams fighting for a win.

A special mention to George, who, after dinner, took the camp for a relaxing (yet very amusing) yoga session, before we all headed down to what was the last L&E campfire of 2016!! And what a fantastic way to spend the last campfire! All the children took part in the festivities, joining in with the songs, telling jokes, riddles and performing to perfection! After a cup of L&E’s luxurious hot chocolate, everyone went to bed weary eyed, and ready to face what will be another splendid day here at Asgarth School.

Week 6 Day 3

There seems to be an egg crisis in camp! After too many egg drops and egg throws to count, the camp is in egg crisis therefore breakfast this morning consisted of crusty bread accompanied with Aysgarths finest cheese and ham on offer. The children devoured this in what seemed to be world record time, and were well on their way to dodgeball ready to show the tutors what they were made of. After 3 practice games, the tutors were feeling more prepared to challenge the tutors, however, this preparation went to waste as the children annihilated the tutors yet again. With 2 days to go and not a win to their name, the tutors were beginning to show slight traces of panic in their game!

After being informed that the camp choice theme night was going to be ‘superheroes’ the children arrived at the creative option inspired and ready to kit out the tutors ready for their dress up for theme night. Some fantastic superhero logos were created, a special mention to Kyla who created an incredible Katniss Everdeen ‘Mockingjay’ logo which guarantees that Katy is going to get the award for ‘best dressed superhero’ on theme night. The adventurers headed off for their weekly canoeing slot, with the weather in their favour, they were certain to have some incredible views of the lake below them, and more appropriately, some warmer than normal water underneath them to fall into! The english students took advantage of the beautiful Yorkshire weather to venture into Bedale on Lenny the defender. There were 3 groups of 2, each group was given a budget of £5 to buy some typical english goods. for example, a granny smith was on the cards as was an eccles cake and a Yorkshire mix. With origins from japan brazil and Italy, we were expecting hours upon hours before returns however, in just one measly hour, there was a little knock at the door and we saw Tai and Rui at the door, having completed their list! The sporting option of the morning was the ever popular Badminton and Volleyball in which Joseph and Jacob shined, in particular Jacob, who had never played before today, but showed fantastic concentration and determination to create some amazing rallies!

After a filling lunch of sausages, the children were ready for the afternoons activities, firstly, with the adventurers off to the lake to do some more canoeing in the continued beautiful weather, followed quickly by the horse riders ready to continue their in and out learning of their horses. The sport option this afternoon was indoor hockey, and with the inspiration of the women’s GB olympic hockey team reaching the final, each child put in incredible amounts of efforts to reach their full potential. The creative option was continuing on with the superhero theme to create super hero logos for the tutors, which also saw some wonderful masks an props created for theme night from Freya, Zara and Sam.

As the beautiful weather continued, it was only appropriate that the afternoon would end wet, having completed a group choice game of capture the flag, the tutors decided to ambush the children with the water balloon catapult, which saw Georgi take a hard hit to the leg, however she trooped on and was soon to get her own back, having cornered and soaked Ashleigh from head to toe. Matt and Ollie definitely won the award for the most soaked tutors!

After an exciting afternoon, the children had a relaxing evening in the cinema getting ready for the ever looming theme night. Avengers age of ultron was the film on offer with all the children completely engrossed, learning about the characters that they might potentially be meeting on the forthcoming theme night.

It seems impossible to think that we are halfway through the final week of L&E 2016, however the children are ensuring that this final week is going to be one for the history books. We may only have 2 days left, but children and staff alike are on tenterhooks awaiting for the next 2 nights of theme night and oscars which are sure to be the most exciting and successful nights of the L&E so far being the final theme night and oscars of 2016!!

Week 6, Day 4…

The day started with everyone’s favourite…….eggs!!!! There is no better way to start a day than with good old boiled eggs on toast. Some children simply crack the top off their eggs and eat them with a teaspoon, where some like to spread the yolk on some well-buttered toast. We also sang our hearts for Taisei’s birthday – 13 today! Happy Birthday, Tai!

Our penultimate dodgeball session was an intensely fought battle with the children again beating the tutors in the final showdown. We better pull up our socks for the final match tomorrow…!!!!

As the sun was scheduled to break through in the afternoon our rounder’s tournament was put on hold until after lunch. Video making was a most popular choice for the creative amongst us in the morning, and in keeping with the theme for this week, a superhero themed music video was chosen. We will have to wait with bated breath until the Friday night Oscars to see the end result in all its glory! A popular activity in previous weeks has been synchronised swimming, and this week proved to be no different. Some examples were shown, but not much direction was needed, as again a superhero theme proved to take over the session – lots of supermen splashed around in the pool, which made for a most fabulous routine.

The keen adventurers went climbing to Downholme in both in the morning and the afternoon today with all the children tackling two different climbs and two different abseils. Georgie overcame her fears of both climbing and abseiling, and then gave some sound advice to the younger children.

The afternoon started with some ultimate frisbee, which in the blazing sun was a real treat. This fast paced game saw a heated battle commence with both teams making some amazing throws and catches!! We have been waiting all week for an origami session as we have been watching our Japanese children tinker continuously with paper craft. The session did not disappoint and we were inundated with some fabulous creations!!

We left this week’s theme night choice up to the children and very diplomatically asked them to note down three inspirational ideas. The winning idea was, as you may have guessed……SUPERHEROS! And so the night began. All the children were invited into the performing arts studio where a group of special guests awaited. The children sat down patiently as a friendly Catnis Everdeen entered the stage to introduce herself and her superhero friends. Shortly after this introduction there was a MURDER… Mrs Incredible was incredible no more… Why had she been killed and who had done it? Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watsonia were immediately summoned to help solve the mystery murder case – however, they must have been getting slightly long in the tooth, as they needed some young minds to rejuvenate their detective abilities. Thankfully there was a group of young budding minds there at hand to help solve the case. The Superheros were sent to retrace their steps and were situated in different places around the school where they had been at the time of the murder. A plethora of clues were thrown about with a couple of red herrings in the mix to keep them on their toes. To everyone’s astonishment, including Sherlock and Dr Watsonia the murderer was in fact just the jealous teacher……with and astounding Australian accent. The cat was out of the bag and a fair few of the young detectives correctly guessed the murderer! What. A. Night.

Day 5, Week 6…

How did it come so soon? We’re in disbelief that L&E has come to an end. An absolutely spectacular 6 weeks have been had, meeting wonderful new faces from all around the world, and catching up with the old faces from the returners from as far back as 6 years!

We’ve had some exceptional weather this week, but in true British style, we’re celebrating our final day of camp with a short but sweet showering! But nothing can stop us!

After the most intense week of dodgeball we’ve had, the competition between children and tutors has been closer than ever before. So to grant the children’s wishes, we extended our morning dodgeball warm up session into a dodgeball tournament extravaganza. With a quick boys v girls match to warm up, the boys just took the lead, despite Sofia’s valiant efforts. And then it was time for what we had all been waiting for. The deciding match for the overall tutors v children.

With Mary being hit out almost the second the whistle was blown, it wasn’t looking a very promising start for the tutors… But Ollie’s fire arm made it slightly more optimistic, eliminating key competitor Javier. However, much to the tutors dismay, and despite the powers of ratio, it soon became clear that the children had got it in the bag. We had been defeated once and for all, as the children won the dodgeball cup!

But dodgeball wasn’t our only week long running competition. There had been high talk about who would walk away with the final Rounders cup. With all four teams still within shot of winning, every single child put their absolute all into it. Throwing and catching, running and hitting, laughing and smiling. A delightful morning, only made possible with our wonderful staff and charming children!

It wasn’t quite lunchtime yet though, and the tutors had a surprise up their sleeve… With tonight being the last night of L&E, it was only fair that we planned a flash mob for the evening, unbeknown to Sam! So the music was chosen, the routine drawn up, and enthusiasm levels raising the roof! Only tonight will tell how well it will go!

Save the best until last – that must have been the moto of the kitchen staff as we devoured an absolute divine feast for lunchtime! Ever plate completely clear, and suitably fuelled up for a hectic afternoon!

To the last afternoon of activities! To round off the year, we had some favourites over the past six weeks. The adventurers headed straight to the pool for an exceptional show of Water Polo! Hats on, and they were off! It was incredibly high scoring, one team was winning 7-1, and however, the opposition brought it back to 7-7 WHAT A GAME!! Nail biting to watch!

Inspired by last night’s superhero murder mystery, Rob Smith collected a creative crew of comic fanatics, and gathered together to make their own incredibly impressive comic books – well worth a read!

And of course, going by the rule of choosing the ever most popular sports, due to popular demand from the boys and girls, it was an afternoon of football for the sporty lot! Taylor showed everyone how it was done with her mad skills!

Time flew by, and it was almost time for dinner. But we had one more trick up our sleeve. However, the tutors cannot take credit for this, the children were outstanding! We proposed the idea of doing a short film of all the L&E evenings, and they absolutely nailed it! It was mesmerising to watch, they worked spectacularly as a team to produce something in record breaking time. Just 20 minutes, no rehearsal, and one take. Something even we couldn’t dream possible!

After a scrumptious last supper, it was up to change into our gladrags for the most anticipated evening of the week – the Oscars! Where the Star Camper will be revealed…

Brief security checks all done and dusted, and we were off. It was an evening to cherish for the rest of our lives. The flash mob went down a treat, Sam had no clue! A beautiful dance performance inspired everyone to take up ballet, and finally it was time for the big reveal of Star Camper. It could not have gone to a more deserving person, Jennifer won over all of our hearts with her beautiful thank-you speech, and made the evening even more special than we could even have imagined.

Thank you to everyone who has made our past 6 weeks even more magical than we could have imagined!