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9 August 2017

Chindit Camp 2017

At the start of the summer holidays, pupils and staff headed off to Exmoor for our annual Chindits camp. This year would be the last for David and Karen Cole, who are retiring after many years running the ever-popular week of camping and outdoor activities.

With a variety of tents set up in a field overlooking a beautiful Exmoor valley, the weather was glorious and afforded the pupils the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities: sailing at Wimbleball was a highlight, with a number of pupils having never sailed before. A day of solid rain midweek presented the group with the option of visiting a local indoor climbing centre. It was an ideal place to escape the downpour! The ‘night fright’ activity as always elicited screams and laughter as pupils tracked each other in the dark, where hidden creatures (members of staff!) lurked. And the mock camp attacks saw pupils vigilantly watching their camps to avoid an enemy (staff again!) invasion.

BBQs and general enjoyment of the outdoors really were the order of the week, and we received many messages of thanks from parents whose children had had a fantastic time doing something akin to their own childhoods – getting muddy, building dens, making friends, gaining confidence and memories that will no doubt last a lifetime.

Commenting on the week, David said:

“With 34 years of schemes like 'ditch delight', 'night fright' and 'assassinator', this year’s Chindits camp lived up to expectations for the twelve intrepid Chindits. Interspersed with rock climbing and sailing, the new shorter version of camp proved extremely successful. Thank you to staff for their support. We were glad to be joined by Cpt Steve King, who will be taking over as Contingent Commander of the King’s College CCF from September. He was able to get a flavour of the camp ready for next year!”

We wish David and Karen all the very best on their retirement.

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