World Camp Uk Week 4

31 July 2023

Monday 31st July

The last Monday of camp is here! While it’s always bittersweet for both our campers and tutors we all know that we have a week full of fun filled adventures awaiting us and we definitely started the week off strong today. The campers woke up bright and early for a nutritious breakfast of scrambled eggs on toasted muffins which the campers devoured in an attempt to fuel up for another famous dodgeball tournament! The children dodged and dived showing their new and improved skills from last weeks practice: we’ve never seen dodgeballs thrown this fast before!

After a long and competitive game of dodgeball against the tutors they all sat down to choose their morning activities. We started the week off strong with a stellar choice of activities.

In adventure we set out geocaching. We had a brave group of 10 adventurers – not only were they on the hunt for a series of 12 hidden treasure troves – they were also on the hunt for a hiding place to use for our first ever L&E geocache! The campers climbed over fences, through hedges and dug around with great determination to find all of the hidden boxes as well as finding the perfect hideaway.

Rounders kicked off with some practice games of throwing and catching as well as an intense warm up of bulldogs. The campers showed quick improvement and were eager to move into their first of four matches. Both teams battled it out with some hitting the ball straight out of the field while others were unlucky enough to get caught out by their competitors. After a very close back and forth the game ended in a draw of 8 all.

We kicked off creative this week with an energetic session of just dance and karaoke. The campers sang and danced their hearts out to all their favourite songs from musical classics like Mama Mia all the way to a bit of Celina Dion. It’s safe to say the campers had worn out their dancing shoes by the end and were ready to sit down and refuel.

For lunch the kitchen treated us to a delicious chicken korma with a side of naan bread and a full salad bar for us to help ourselves to. After the campers filled their boots and their stomachs the campers set out choosing how they would spend their afternoon.

For adventure we had another intrepid group of explorers set out on a treasure hunt in the wind and the rain this time. Through their determination and endurance they managed to make a record time finding all the boxes as well as hiding our own in the location that had been scouted out this morning! Feeling very proud of themselves, they were able to have a small break and recharge their batteries with a few biscuits.

In creative we had an all time favourite with bracelet making. For many of our campers this was a skill they were happy to dust off and improve. For the rest of the campers they were fast learners, quickly weaving more and more complicated patterns either for themselves or for their newfound friends!

In sport our young athletes tried their hands at netball. To start off they had a warm up of the numbers game to keep them on their toes and get them ready for full team matches. The campers quickly conquered the nets and were shooting hoops left right and centre in a fast paced match that ended with a score of 2-3 to the non-bibs team.

After such an exciting day the campers were ready for a bit of rest and relaxation with a scrumptious dinner of sausage rolls and herby potato squares. This led to full bellies and happy campers ready for the evening activities ahead…

The evenings theme: game show night. This led to the campers testing their skills in a variety of challenges based on old classics like CBBCs ‘Trapped’, ‘Family Fortunes’ and ‘Heads Up’ all the way through to current favourites like ‘Would I Lie to You?’ and ‘Carrot in a Box’. The campers showed us their knowledge, creativity and deception as their groups battled it out in each of the mini games.

After a long night full of laughter and fun we all settled down for a well deserved cup of hot chocolate to relax before bed ready for the Tuesday ahead.

Tuesday 1st August

It was pancake day at L&E to fuel yet another competitive game of dodgeball. The tutors didn’t stand a chance today against the energised campers, who won the final match again. Scuba day at this point was off to a great start, with all our campers having the opportunity to submerge into the swimming pool’s depth for a game of throw and catch. This took place in tandem with our other morning activities of postcard making in creative and tennis for sport. Be ready to receive a postcard through a lucky few of your doors articulating our camper’s favourite activities this summer. Tennis saw a fair few emerging Andy Murry’s take to the pitch.

Lunch in and tuck in bellies, and the afternoon activities commenced. More budding divers had the chance to explore the swimming pool’s depth. This is while the field saw the sports taking up bows and arrows in a compelling archery session. A competitive football game followed this to round off the sport for the day. This afternoon, creative took this afternoon to practise and explore their portrait painting skills, refining and developing new ones. Tutor Sam was drawn by our campers 60 times between them using various techniques with great success and engagement. Swim time was a great splash, as always, closing another afternoon at L&E. 

Our day concluded with my favourite night of the week, the campfire! What an array of talent displayed through song, dance and more. 

Wednesday 2nd August

The campers woke up to the delicious smell of sausages for breakfast which were quickly devoured to gain the strength needed for our traditional dodgeball morning! Once again the campers were unbeatable but tutors put in a strong performance.

After their triumphant win, the campers headed to their morning activities. Some enjoyed benchball, the more creative campers enjoyed creating amazing stop motion videos using plastercine and creating sets. Finally, our more adventurous campers braved the traditional ‘British weather’ and kayaked along the river in the pouring rain. They didn’t let the rain dampen their mood, camp songs were sang whilst paddling along the river, making it an unforgettable experience.

For lunch we enjoyed hunters chicken with potatoes and veg. After a busy morning this was a well deserved lunch which campers devoured. The afternoon kicked off with waterpolo, a very intense game with only 3 points between the teams! In the pool they also competed in a backflip and diving competition, with strong competitors in each section! In creative, they enjoyed making prints out of styrofoam. Another daring group of campers faced the afternoon rain to go kayaking, with not one, not two but all campers and tutors falling into the water from their kayaks! They were welcomed back to camp with paninis for dinner in order to refuel before our highlight of the day…. Trash fashion show!

The evening hit off with inspirational fashion quotes from our one and only Hope! The camp then scavenged for the best materials in the pile to show the world that almost anything can be fashionable. The campers rose to the occasion and created stunning outfits to walk the catwalk. Our judges had some very tough decisions to make and didn’t hold back on telling everyone how the truly felt about each individual outfit modelled! The evening ended by watching The Smurfs followed of course by hot chocolate!

Thursday 3rd August

When Nigella Lawson was once asked for her perfect breakfast recipe to warm up for a game of dodgeball, she reportedly said it would be baked beans, boiled eggs and lightly toasted bread. Well, well, well…it would appear our resident chefs are big fans of the great woman, because that is exactly what we had. And by Jove did that put us in the spirits for what was one of the greatest of all time (or GOAT as our campers would say) dodgeball sessions. It was the dodgeball equivalent of Andy Murray vs Thanasi Kokkinakis in the Australian Open 3rdround earlier this year. There was dodging, ducking, dipping, diving, and even dodging. The campers, as they always do, rose to a commanding lead. Tutors dropping like flies. Young stars such as Lucas, Amaris and Ernest leading the charge in a ruthless display. But up stepped tutor Matt, like Gerard Butler in 300, single handedly fuelling a resistance as his colleagues fell beside him. Alas, after 15 minutes of balletic dodgeball, the campers conquered. One more day, once more chance for the tutors to finally get a dodgeball victory after 4 long weeks struggle. We’ll revisit this one in the morning.

For creative this morning the campers devised, designed, and created bespoke picture frames that wouldn’t be out of place in Musee d’Orsay. On the week of Yorkshire day, what better to do for our adventurers than scale some of yokrshire’s finest quarries. The reward, a view from the top where you could see the whole rhubarb triangle in actions! Sport this morning took swimming to a new dimension. There were synchronised dance routines. No leg races. Whirlpools. More cannonballs than Damien Rice!

Lunchtime dawned upon us quicker than you can say chipotele mayonnaise! Chicken goujons, Moroccan couscous, sweet chilli and more greens than Plymouth Argyle.

Replenished and ready to go, the afternoon brought even more excitement. Once again our adventurers went climbing to look at the rhubarb. What do you get when you cross SiiyaKolisi with Breanna Stewart? You get our afternoon’s sport activity! Tag rugby and basketball, bringing out every motor skill. And creative, heck – what didn’t they create? Masks, dance routines, karaoke performances and theme night props. Majestic stuff.

Aaaaaaaah! I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream! That’s right, after a humble pasta bake for dinner we were treated to a glorious desert of orange and strawberry ice loolies. And they were, to quote Gary Barlow, absolutely fantastic.

All aboard the bus to carnival. Take all the classic toys and games, and scale them by 10! Gigantic Jenga. Humongous dominoes. Extraordinary human hungry hippos. An inflatable vertigo running competition the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Top that off with a side of the signature L&E candy floss and you have a tremendous finish to a tremendous day.

There’s one day left of our camp adventure this year, and there is a bittersweet determination to finish together with the best day yet tomorrow. However, as Thursdays go this was as good as it gets.

Friday 4th August

The last day. The Finale.

The day kick started with a crowd pleaser breakfast of pancakes, what a great start to what will be the best day of the week!

We all wolfed down our breakfast as quickly as we could; all of us just can’t wait for the grand finale of Dodgeball!

Once again both campers and tutors put in their all in an attempt to annihilate the opposing team. In our very last game of our flagship game of Campers vs Tutors of 2023, once again our campers reigned supreme. Spirits ablaze, our tutors have put up an amazing fight, having caught the camper’s ball multiple times and bringing multiple players back in the game. The atmosphere was absolutely electric, and everyone very much enjoyed this very final game of Ultimate Dodgeball.

After an extended game of dodgeball, our creative stars went on to design the most engaging comic strips, showing off both their flair for drawing the most animated characters and their aptitude for humour.

Our adventurers meanwhile went on to produce the most gourmet bread and chocolate bananas and then went on to enjoy their fruits of their labour.

Our athletes meanwhile went through bowling and batting exercise which culminated into an exciting game of diagonal cricket, what fun!

After being refuelled by a scrumptious lunch of classic fish and chips, some of our campers transformed into army generals as they strategised and battled in a game of capture the flag. Others spent their afternoon gearing up for their evening performance in our very last Oscar’s, or partook in a game of indoor hockey.

Patriotism was in the air as our campers then went on to take part in the L&E Olympics, consisting of games of table football, indoor football, basketball and a dizzy relay! Thailand was triumphant at last, much to the delight of our very own Cam.

The day wrapped up nicely with the L&E Oscars, where the best of the best were awarded for their efforts in adventure, sport and creative activities, and for their positivity, kindness and sense of humour. Of course, our rising stars and star camper of the week was revealed in this very last L&E Oscars of 2023. Many of our campers have prepared the most exciting performances for this most formal event of the week, ranging from stand up comedy, to dances and piano and singing showcases. The event then descended into a full on disco, featuring classics such as the Macarena and the limbo, and not to forget various bops from various all time favourite pop stars, from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to ABBA and Adele.

Under the shroud of music, our campers brought their sleepy heads to bed, ready to bid farewell to the delights of camp until next year!

World Camp UK Week 3

23 July 2023

Sunday 23rd July

1st Night

Monday 24th July

New week, new campers! We started the day with a nutritious breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast and, as a special treat, Tess surprised us with a side of mackerel for those who wanted to give it a try.
With full bellies we set off to the first dodgeball session of the week. After a few intense games of dodging, ducking and diving the campers were left with a difficult decision- picking their morning activities.

For adventure we had ultimate den building. The campers split into two teams and got to work fortifying their defences for an intense battle in capture the flag. After the walls were built and traps had been set, the campers fought tooth and nail to steal the other teams flag. After a long battle, one teams strategy beat the other and the flag was captured!
For sport we had basketball, Troy Bolton possessed our campers and the wildcats really took over the sports hall – some campers even managed to get a few dunks in.
For creative we made some fantastic pot like sculptures in a variety of shapes and sizes. Stay tuned for the days ahead for them to have a makeover with paint and glaze and maybe they might even make it home to a kitchen shelf near you.

After a busy morning we settled down for a delicious curry to refill our energy reserves we headed back out for a fun filled afternoon.

For sport our campers had an energetic session of rugby filled with games like rugby tennis, passing drills amongst others. After the campers had completed their training they broke out into a competitive game of touch rugby which was an absolute hoot.

In creative our artists set out on jewellery making, creating beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings to share with their new friends and show off for the rest of the day.

After a brilliant afternoon we sat down again to Tess’ delicious cooking. This time a banquet of sausage rolls, sandwiches, potatoes and salad. The campers filled their boots ready for one of our favourite L&E traditions: ICE BREAKERS! From singing games where the campers had to think on their feet to remember songs from a variety of categories to the famous chubby bunny challenge, the competition was neck and neck. The tiebreaker as always was the egg toss. With only limited supplies and their creativity save their eggs the campers got to work building the ultimate transportation to get them down safely from the second floor window. Many eggs survived the journey down however at the end there were only two teams left in the race. The decider was a game of egg toss and after a few rounds, the winner was decided, and sadly the Tesco club card team were left only with a silver medal.

To end the day the campers relaxed with some delicious hot chocolate and went to sleep ready for their second day at camp.

Tuesday 25th July

Following our ice breakers last night camp really kicked into full gear this morning. Though some campers were still riding high on their egg drop success, it was clear last nights defeat was still on the rest of the campers minds. Nevermind, all were happy that hash browns not scrambled eggs were on the cards at breakfast.

No mercy was shown at morning dodgeball with stars beginning to emerge. The dodgeball award will prove to be a hot contest at oscars later in the week. Some contestants were out early doors but proved themselves talented in other areas- the cha-cha slide in particular consumed camp, taken more seriously by some than the main event.

Tuesday meant the first visit by Scuba Steve for our new campers and the excitement was palpable. Think underwater races, backflips and frisbee!! An adventure experience that will surely be remembered by all. Our budding Picassos put their painting skills to use in creative while our future olympians took to the sports hall for a fierce morning of netball.

Our sporty campers left it all of the field at football where their competitive sides came out as they battled it out. Warm-up games of knee tag and cone flipping prepared them for an intense match which came down to the wire in penalties. Creative afternoon activities were somewhat slower paced but no less fun with campers adding to their jewellery collections. Dazzling earrings and friendship bracelets no name a few.

Our evening came to a close with the best activity of the week- campfire!! Camp songs were belted, of course, along with some individual performances, national anthems and toasted marshmallows. We finished off our night in traditional L&E style with some gordon Ramsey level hot chocolate, whipped up by our now expert level hot choc maker tutors. A final camp song could be heard sung by happy campers leaving the dinning hall. A fun filled day all round

Wednesday 26th July

As the campers get more comfortable, the early rise in the morning proves easier and easier as they show just how keen they are to start the day. All were happy when they walked downstairs to find an assortment of pastries as well as pancakes. Breakfast doesn’t get much better than that.

Starting activities for the day, we sent off our first group of brave adventurers to try their hand at kayaking. By all reports it was a resounding success, though some may have struggled to keep themselves dry during their endeavours. Those who remained at the campus had to choose between badminton/volleyball and volcano making. Those in sport showed off their skills and athletic ability in sports that were fairly new to most that were partaking. Improvement was seen across the board and many who participated will be in the running for the hotly contested prize of the sports award. We saw creativity explode as the campers split into groups to produce a variety of unique looking volcanos. The groups all coming together just before lunch to watch the culmination of a mornings hard work… the inevitable explosion of each volcano.

The afternoon saw two different groups leave their comfort zones to go either horseback riding or kayaking once again. It’s been reported that the kayakers achieved similar levels of success to their predecessors. Those who have been working on their horseback riding have been showing consistent improvement and continue to impress as they build a bond with their horse.

The variety of activities didn’t slow down in the afternoon as the campers had a choice between water aerobics / synchronised swimming and baking. Baking was a resounding success as all of the camp was treated to some delicious cupcakes. Excitement and energy levels were through the roof in the pool as the groups all formed their own routines to the song “Here comes the hot stepper”, each team vying to come out on top. That wasn’t the end for those in the pool as they performed the cha-cha slide as well as attempted a challenging run across the floats in the pool, albeit with varying levels of success.

The evening saw a more relaxed vibe fall upon the camp as we head toward theme night tomorrow. In preparation, campers followed Marty McFly as they watched the classic “Back To The Future”. Coupling a good film with some sweet and salty popcorn and there’s not much more you can ask for. As tradition states, the evening was finished off with hot chocolate and a chat before everyone made their way to bed. A resounding success.

Thursday 27th July

Our day started with yet another delicious breakfast cooked by our Head Chef Tess – mushrooms, bacon, tomato and porridge. This fuelled us for a full day of activities and fun! As the tradition of L&E, we kicked off our day with dodgeball. It was a full out war this morning, the campers and tutors gave themselves 100% for the tournament today. Waking us all up for the day ahead. 
Activities kicked off as usual; creative, sports and adventure. The adventure activity of the day was a weekly special of climbing! Groups climbed huge limestone rocks that the army use as a part of their training. All campers pushed themselves to reach the highest of heights and scales these ragged rocks, all tutors are incredibly proud of them and their efforts!
Creative for the morning was improv – dramatic improvisation for those that don’t know. It was a drama extravaganza, really pushing all the campers to show their true showmanship and creativity on the stage
Sports kicked off with a British classic of rounders. Once the teams were all warmed up after a few variations of tag, the games began. The pure determination of both teams throughout the game mixed with their skill made it an incredible to watch. 
A quick lunch break between activities of couscous and chicken filled our bellies for the rest of the day.
The sport for the rest of the afternoon was hockey where all campers showed their natural talent for the sport. From the beginning of warm ups to the final big tournaments campers were extremely enthusiastic to get going and win for their team!
Meanwhile in creative, the prep for theme night began. Campers painted their best props for a Back to the Future themed night! Cacti, Time Machine cars, backgrounds and all decorations were made by campers for our big evening activity. 
L&E’s big theme night this week was a Back to the Future themed murdered mystery where campers made to find out who capture tutor Paul in a time warp. Each tutor was a different character from the film and campers had to interview each character to collect clues to find who the real capturer was! After what felt like hours of interrogation, the campers cast their votes on which tutors they believe committed the crime; in the end it was Sam (Biff from Back to the Future) and Emily (the game creator where Paul was stuck). 
Campers chased out the criminals and ran all the way out to hot chocolate! A delicious and chocolaty ending to the day.