What a fantastic week - it was not the Caribbean but there was white sand, a beautiful coastline and the sun shone, which all helped make a week of high energy activities really glorious and exhilarating!
Without exception the boys pushed themselves in situations where some courage was required, whether it was jumping from a high rock into the sea whilst coasteering, abseiling and climbing back up what looked like a sheer rock face, or whether it was managing more than a little dirt on the mud run - the activities offered a range of character building challenges. For all, the evening making a temporary camp, a bivouac and then sleeping under it, was a memorable one. Some collapsed although many were magnificent in their low lying drag reducing shape. All were draughty, but the boys that weathered the Wednesday night storm until we brought them in for a survivors' midnight feast proved to be the hardiest!
Pembrokeshire offered a truly stunning setting for the boys' adventures; the freedom the outside space provided, the constant sound of the sea, the constellations at night - it proved to be a magical place in which to practise service through laying up and clearing the dining hall, and learn about personal grit, gain or enhance skills and forge new friendships. I am quite sure that the memories and social connections will last as the boys move into their final year with us in September.
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