As you may know I have spent the past week doing phase one of NCS, jam packed with new challenges and activities each day! I’m going to walk you through what I did during each day and give some tips.
On Monday, we met our team at our meeting point and then took the coach to buddens camp centre with the harbour challenge in Poole. We began by putting our bags in our teepees and assembling our camp beds. We then got on with the day.
- Rock climbing
We went down to the cliff edges at dancing ledge to abseil and rock climb against the jagged rocks which was brilliant fun!
Burgers and hotdogs
Pioneering wasn’t my favourite activity but I suppose it was pretty cool. We made catapults from wooden poles, rope and elastic rope, then played competitive games using them.
- Raft building
Raft building was so much fun! My team finished much earlier than the other team so we decided to take a swim in the lake in the meantime. Then we tested our rafts in the lake and I jumped on it to see if it stayed together, it actually did so well until the other team made a sabotage plan and destroyed it! It was so much fun swimming around in the lake during this heat.
In bushcraft we learned how to make fires using flint and steel and then cooked popcorn on our homemade fires. It tasted very smoky and authentic which was actually rather nice. We then made shelters which were “tested” by the golden D of E people throwing “sideways rain” at us (they basically wanted an excuse to chuck a bucket of water over us).
Cheese and onion sandwich
Chicken mix wraps
Hiking was very chilled and we didn’t walk very far, however we did learn a lot as our instructor gave a lot of insight on the environmental surroundings and how we can help it.
Me and some of my team members had a bit of fun by putting on a show of “Jeremy Kyle” and cam up with our own funny storyline. I was Graham, the bald guy who authorises rehab and therapy etc. It was lots of fun!
- Mountain biking
Again, mountain biking was more laid back than you’d expect but still incredible fun, we even cycled down some overgrown stairs, played “king of the ring” and had a slow race.
Canoeing was a brilliant relaxing morning activity and we purposely asked not to get wet so we went onto an island and played a problem solving game.
- Problem solving
Problem solving was another relaxing activity especially considering the weather was swealtering. We finished early amd even made up our own games.
Coasteering was by far my favourite activity and it was incredible!!!
We began at dancing ledge and jumped into the sea straught away before swimming around to a rock edge. It was an amazing experience of jumping heights i'd never fathomed and splashjng about among the waves amd rocks.
I highly recommend coasteering even if you're scared of water, one of my friends was terrified of coasteering but he managed to push through and had an incredible time!!!
Sausage and beans
On Day 5 we just packed all of our things and did a final team challenge in the woods before heading home with a packed lunch.
Things to bare in mind:
- Take flip flops for the shower and toilets
- Take extra layers for sleeping
- Take a pillow if you want a spare/extra
- Take your own hot chocolate powder
- Take games and a pack of cards
- Take lunch for the first day
- Take clothes you don’t mind getting wet
- If you have one, take a portable charger
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