Moonrakers Camp 2017

Last week the Third Form attended Moonrakers Camp in Aberdovey for a week of adventure designed to challenge them and help them learn a little more about themselves. This experience is the culmination of the School's Moonrakers adventure programme. The focus of the week was the three underpinnings of Dauntsey’s life, be kind, be adventurous and give of your best.

Hot weather was the feature of the week and all the groups started with a ‘jog and dip’ in the Dovey estuary which set the expectations that pupils would challenge themselves and support the others in their team. Along with their instructors for the week they waded into the water and as a team dunked themselves as far as they dared.

Different groups completed canoeing and kayaking trips, rock climbing, jetty jumping, sailing cutters as well as various aerial rope tasks such as the Leap of Faith (where pupils climb to the top of a 30ft telegraph pole and jump to catch a trapeze swing before being lowered back down to the ground).

One group was dropped on a sandbar with the some barrels and planks and had to race the rising tide to build themselves a raft. They tied the last knot and climbed aboard just as the raft floated away!

The hot weather made the expedition challenging this year but all went out for two days and a night, in tents, far from the luxuries of day-to-day life. The excited chatter as they ‘de-gunged’ themselves and equipment was about long days, fun times and beautiful sunsets.

For many pupils, their experience either above, or in the Grot Pot (a waist deep tank of rainwater and decomposing leaves and branches) will stay in their memories for some time. Camp fires, high walls, reflective time and lots of group discussion were also a feature of many of the pupil’s week.

There is no doubt that all of our pupils were tested during the experience, had a lot of fun, learnt a lot about themselves and the rest of their team, and return better prepared for the challenges they will face in the future.