After all the planning the day had finally come. We started the pick-ups bright and early and everyone turned up, we just needed to make a few reminder calls on the morning. Once we were all packed in the minibus we made our way to Glenshee. It was a very windy road which made some stomachs feel weasy but we survived.
We unpacked then got equipped for our first event – the hillwalk. The hillwalk was not the best event, some suffered blisters, sore ankles and all of us got pretty mucky and wet and the weather was unpleasant. Thankfully this did not set the tone for the rest of our stay.
After recovering we set out to conquer the (death slide) aka the Zip wire. Everyone tried this no chickens were allowed, and everyone enjoyed it. There were some impressive styles in running up with the sling and also flying upside down, some even claimed to see ‘Morrison’s’ in the far distance!
Next we were fitted out for kayaking, there was no escape from getting wet and some were that keen they capsized immediately on hitting the water; this was the funniest bit for me.
Food was great, for some this was the best bit; we gobbled the food until our stomachs were content and some gobbled until their stomach was bursting, either way it tasted good.
In the evening we did some serious programme planning, the young people were given a budget and lots of leaflets and had to make decisions on what activities we can afford to do over the summer holidays. We did very well and we have almost completed our plans.
Bedtime, unfortunately some did not get the luxury of sleep; there was a great snoring monster in their midst. Others had a time giggling and going out and in to bathrooms, thankfully this soon settled.
Day two, we had fun doing archery, it was noted that some had potential to join Robin Hood. We then had free time to choose between playing in the gym hall or the games room or just lounge around.
We had three star climbers; they managed to get up the climbing wall like spiders.
The last event was the ropes course this was fantastic.
We had some team building games which involved getting some stray sheep into their pens while they were blind folded and were not allowed to talk. The experience was frightening but we learned to trust each other.
After our last meal together we set off for home. We were tired and homesick by this time so the thought of home was welcoming. Everyone was dropped off safely to their homes. The End of Ressi 2011.
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