Our group ended the first day of travel swinging and gliding through a Kletterwald. That evening, we warmed up by a fire and talked about the days to come.
On Tuesday, the group enjoyed a full day woods camp where we were challenged to identify trees. In the afternoon, as the skies parted, we built rain shelters in the rain in a race to stay dry. We warmed up again next to the fire under a parachute and enjoyed s’mores as a group. Our group then had a very enthusiastic and hilliarious challenge game called Crocodile Swamp where we were required to work as a team and cross to safety. In the evening, we enjoyed an outdoor grill and then competed in teams with Trivia games about popular movies and Fortnite.
We woke up to rain on Wednesday but this did not upset our plans. In the morning, we visited Waldwipfelweg – a nature park and scientific experience, complete with optical illusions and a very high walk bridge over the forest. After lunch, we walked in the rain to a Paradise Park where all the Grade 6’s enjoyed rides on a Rodelbahn powered by gravity down the mountain. The rain even stopped just in time to enjoy the rides! We ended our day with a needed hot lunch while we allowed our jackets and shoes to dry off. We prepared popcorn and spent the rest of the rainy evening watching the movie, Wonder.
We started our last activities of the week in the fog, as the bus took us to our canoe venture in Blaibach. After learning how to paddle together?, we ventured down the Schwarzer Regen. Our intrepid crew made it about halfway when one canoe capsized, making our adventure a bit interesting. Fortunately, the boys were able to get warm again, grab a shuttle and meet up with us as we parked our boats and jumped on our mountain bikes. We sped back to our starting point like pros while our wet clothes were drying in the wind.
Our last evening was a bit of a celebration for our adventurous week. After a hot dinner, our crew was still hungry. We decided to have a special pizza party and dance night where we all were able to laugh, be silly and enjoy our last evening in Bavaria.
We were truly impressed by our Grade 6’s, who worked well supporting each other, learning how to take on more responsibilities, lending a helping hand to others in need, and having fun along the way. We imagine that many of our students will have lasting memories from this trip.
Mr. Fortner, Ms. Bhattacarya and Mr. Licuanan