On a bright Wednesday morning, an excited bunch of J3 and J4 girls headed off by coach to Robinwood Activity Centre in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. After a brief pit-stop at the services, they arrived to be met by two very enthusiastic instructors, who escorted them up a short hill to the centre (an old Victorian school). A small amount of shock ensued when the girls discovered they needed to make their own beds before any lunch! This being accomplished, to varying degrees of success, the girls were fed and watered and then split into two groups to start their activities. These included archery, climbing and the 'trapeze': here, the girls had to show high levels of bravery
to climb a wall and then leap dramatically to catch the trapeze, before being encouraged to float like a butterfly as they were lowered down by a winch and harness!
"When I was climbing the trapeze, I was terrified. At first I didn't want to do it, but I jumped and I DID IT!"
"I really had to face my fears on the trapeze!"
Tea was followed by some indoor team-challenges and then hot chocolate and biscuits before bed.
After a shockingly early breakfast the next morning, activities were resumed on what turned out to be a gloriously warm, sunny day.
Highlights included problem-solving and teamwork to escape the 'dungeon of doom' and caving (an indoor manmade structure but very authentic).
"I liked being a leader in the caves because you have some responsibility in your team."
The girls also went canoeing on the canal to play an unusual form of water-polo and built their own rafts in teams to float (hopefully) to the other side. Some excellent teamwork was witnessed, as well as highly advanced boat-building skills! Perhaps, though, everyone's favourite activity was the stream-walk; this involved a long, hot hike up a steep hill to come back down via a refreshingly cooling stream, which even included a short section down a zipwire!
"I really enjoyed tipping a cup of stream water straight on top of Mr Newton's head!"
"I had my own waterfall in my welly boot!"
"My favourite was the stream-walk, even though my hands went as purple as a beetroot!"
All the girls were suitably exhausted after the second day and slept like lambs, much to the delight of Mr Newton and Mrs Govier!
The last morning included 'bouldering' with a scenic walk up another hill to do some fun scrambling over and under what appeared to be a mini version of 'Brimham Rocks'!
"I was a bit scared of meeting the bear that may have escaped from a travelling circus years ago." (From a scary story by an
Finally, the 'piranha pool' proved especially challenging for some, with the group needing to work as a team to solve the puzzles to escape before the 'piranhas' entered the water!!
"I loved swinging across the piranha pool."
"I was scared when I first went in, but in the end it was the BEST thing ever!"
A restful journey home, with much consumption of goodies bought from the tuck shop, concluded a fantastic, rewarding, challenging and
fun 3 days.
"I think Robinwood was great because it helped me face my fears, boost my confidence and it was great fun!" Sophie J4
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