After a comfortable coach journey, stopping once along the way, we arrived at Condover Hall just after lunch. The boys had time to unpack and sort out their rooms before having a tour around the venue to see all the activities on offer through the week. They broke off into their groups and started their first activity just after the rain stopped, and clouds began to clear. Due to a change in the weather, the evening activity was changed to be a film night with the hope of the mini Olympics being postponed until Tuesday – weather permitting.
It has been a very soggy day here at Condover Hall. The rain has not stopped, and the thermostat has definitely been turned down outside. Still, it did not dampen the spirits of the boys who have thoroughly enjoyed the different activities on offer. Buggy building, swimming, high rope courses and climbing activities helped challenge and entertain throughout the day, with many boys pushing themselves to their limits, taking responsible risks and showing real courage to achieve something that many of them were initially unsure about.
The food has been great, which has helped keep the boys going in the poor weather. Another evening's activity has been rained off, so the boys are settling down to watch the sequel of last night's film. They are just pleased to be in the dry and warm!
Some more photos can be seen in the new gallery page.
A change in the weather is always unsettling, so when we pulled the curtains back this morning to be greeted with more rain, we knew what to expect from the day. There was a little respite during the afternoon, before more persistent drizzle ended the day. Aside from the weather, the boys have done brilliantly to persevere with each of the activities. The courage many individuals have shown to overcome many of their fears has continued to impress. The evening entertainment was a quiz, run by the staff from Condover. Everyone gets a little lie in tomorrow morning, with a slightly later breakfast. The longer sleep will be very welcome as there are many tired eyes this evening
Thursday has seen each group complete all the tasks set for the week. Kayaking, abseiling, orienteering, high rope obstacle courses, sensitivity trails and rocket building are just some of the activities completed by the boys. They have done brilliantly when faced with new challenges, mixing with different groups of children, and coping in the wet, miserable and grey weather. However, it's true to say they are all looking forward to coming home tomorrow in the hope the south of England offers some respite to the dismal weather we have experienced this week.
We have one more activity to complete on Friday morning before the coach is due to leave at 11:00am.