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It’s day three in Castleton and there were many sleepy eyes at the 7am wake up call this morning. Tiredness and the sound of rain on the roof meant that there were a few reluctant bodies not wanting to leave their warm beds; however, with the threat of room inspections and the promise of another hearty Full English, all children were up and out for 7:45am. Breakfast is always my favourite meal of the day and that can be attributed to the more muted noise of 67 tired children in the morning compared to that of the 67 awake and lively children we get at lunchtime and dinner! The children made the most of all the food on offer and I think many had a four-course breakfast: cereal, cooked breakfast, toast and yoghurt! After food, it was off to activities. Now on their second full day, the children are into their routines and were ready and waiting for their instructors in record time so far! Over on the lake, raft building and the follow-up races disturbed the slumber of the fish in the pond and despite some dubious knot tying and barrel placement, amazingly all rafts floated their teams successfully across the water. Many rafts did however travel in circles to begin with as groups worked out that paddling out of synch was not conducive to travelling in straight lines! On the high ropes, many children showed great courage in scaling the leap of faith pole and launching themselves at the trapeze while on the back field many bullseyes were struck in archery. Also, despite the weather – rain and wind – many groups uncomplainingly scrambled through holes up on the Tors. There were even a few geology lessons taking place as instructors explained the history of the rock formations: apparently, if we’d have been at Higger Tor 300 million years ago, we’d have seen a sea and beach rather than the hills, rocks and valleys we see today! It has been great to hear from instructors how their group’s teamwork, listening skills and confidence have really developed over the last couple of days and we hope that Thursday will be the best day yet!

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