A group of extremely excitable and endlessly energetic children from Hillcrest Hayling Island took a trip to Skern Lodge activity centre in North Devon.
Powered by food in abundance each morning, afternoon and evening, our boys ensured that not a single member of staff was able to rest for much longer than 5 minutes at any stage.
Two hours of running around is clearly not enough activity between breakfast and lunch time, or indeed between lunch time and dinner time… We played a lot of football.
A highlight of the holiday was the high level of professionalism and efficiency with which all of our organised activities were delivered by the team of instructors. We were able to tell the boys what was happening at any given time, and for a group of 8-11 year olds such a reliable structure was no doubt a significant factor in the success of the trip.
From archery to beach walks, tunnelling to high ropes, there was no shortage of entertainment at any point. There were times when our instructors’ faces hinted at slight – if not total – bemusement at the comments, questions and sheer volume generated by our often chaotic group, but by the end of the trip our main instructor seemed as if he would genuinely miss us and the positive involvement of the children.
Tim Hobbs, Residential Care Worker
Archery at Skern Lodge