Forty nine children and five staff arrived at Ackers Adventure in Small Heath, Birmingham, full of anticipation for the day ahead and a series of challenges.
There was a session of Bushcraft where the children were given the task of building a shelter for a miniature creature using natural materials found around the Bushcraft area. A variety of shelters were constructed including a grass covered lean-to and a tree house for Bob the snail. Another session was the Go Jungle Challenge where the children had to test their agility, balance and coordination along with their mental and physical strength. They travelled along planks, over wobbly bridges, through trees, across suspension bridges, over hurdles, through tunnels, along wires and under logs.
After a well deserved lunch which was consumed ravenously the third session was undertaken – kayaking on the Grand Union Canal. The children all had a go at kayaking in pairs or in threes. They learnt how to get in and out of their kayak confidently, paddle forward, backwards, stop, turn and move the kayak sideways in a safe and effective manner. Some kayaks went backwards better than forwards but there was a great deal of laughter. Everyone enjoyed a fun packed, energetic day. There were a few rain showers but the day ended with everyone looking very healthy.