Year 5’s three-day expedition to Carroty Wood

Elmhurst School for Boys

6th December 2013

At the end of November, Year 5 blazed a trail over to Carroty Wood Activity Centre near Tonbridge in Kent. This was the first time Year 5 have been offered a residential trip and 26 boys departed for the three-day expedition accompanied by four staff.

Having arrived at Carroty Wood, the boys were put into groups and went off to find their rooms in our accommodation – Hornbeam House. After a quick explore in the woods next to our site, we set off to the activity base where one group got kitted out for BMX biking and the other group were issued harnesses and helmets ready for rock climbing. The 9m tower started gently enough but became vertical towards the top, really testing the boys’ nerves.

The BMX group discovered a challenging track hidden in the woods and were soon careering around it, over jumps and obstacles, heading down steep hills and through huge puddles - trickier than it looked as most of the technique involved standing up on the bike to guide it over the obstacles. The boys found this challenging at first but they all improved with practise and confidence.

Following the afternoon’s excitement, it was back to Hornbeam house for tea and chores (washing up and cleaning) then off to the swimming pool for an hour’s fun session. Finally, the boys settled down with hot chocolate to watch a video before lights out.

On Tuesday the groups swapped their previous activities but in the afternoon, geocaching and archery were our new challenges. Many boys enjoyed geocaching – a sort of high tech treasure hunt.

Tuesday evening found us around a campfire singing campfire rounds before we set off into the deep dark woods for a night rope trail and a game of capture the lantern. Finally, back in a cosy and warm Hornbeam House with cups of hot chocolate, the grand finale took place with ‘top teddy’ and ‘best slippers’ competitions. Pelumi was the agreed winner of the teddy competition. With Mr Bessel a close second, the winner of the best slippers competition was ‘angry bird’ Madgid.

Wednesday dawned with an early start for breakfast and chores, followed by geocaching and archery again. Finally, after a lengthy visit to the tuck shop, the boys enjoyed an extended run out on the astroturf pitch before returning back to school to highly excited parents. The weary but happy boys were last seen disappearing into the distance hauling inconceivably huge bags, one remarking that, “that was the best three days of my life!”

View photos of Year 5’s trip to Carroty Wood.

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