And so waking up after a few hours gonk, it was put the kettle on for the last time and head out to our balcony for a brew and chat, as Barry and I had done most mornings.
Today was different, not just because of the over indulgence of reading or the late night, it felt somewhat sad that our week was coming to an end, we knew that it would be emotional and did not need to speak about it. It was down the cook-house for scran and as we all started to gather around the table the hung heads and bleary eyes said it all, what a great night we’d had. After breakfast we met up with our groups for a final session before presentations, for Scott Team it was finishing up the de kit, clean and polish their boots before handing them back in.
we was in the dinning hall for 10:00 as the first group to present. as we waited outside a few of us spoke and already there had been tears from the kids as they had to leave today.
We watched all our teams present, what a fantastic job they had done, it was great to hear some of the things they had said, the most memorable one for me was one of my young lads, one of the more outgoing ones, this is what he said ” when I came to outward bound I had no fears, iI was not scared of anyone or anything, now I know how wrong I was, and I hid behind myself. I have faced this now and I am a better person” Yes this did bring a lump in my throat and a tear to my eye, even writing this now I feel the same emotion, one of the things I wrote on my application was if I could help change the view on one life I’d be happy, hopefully this young lad has gained something now.
And so to our presentation, This was in a sort of poem or Limerick, each of us wrote our own verse, I was going to just write my verse, but I’m sure the others won’t mind me writing theirs too:
150 kids arrived on Monday, Mentors eagerly anticipating since Sunday,
They get of the bus making a fuss , and a jog and dip sets them on their way
Climbing the wall to the sound of “I might fall”
But pulling together to work as a team, they achieve and end up having a ball
Learning to listen with their ears, teaches them to overcome their fears
This limerick was written in the library over beers !!
Tanya: ( You tugged on the heart-strings with this one)
Overcoming fears and gaining trust, walking together was a must,
So proud of the progress made by our team we’ll never forget all that we’ve seen
Young minds and hearts through our time, found memories of OB will always be mine
We’ve been he for 5 days and we are amazed the change 10 kids can make
we’ll go home today and come what may we’ll think of a way to treat all kids the same way.
followed by some thank-you’s to Nicky, Howard and the kids
Scott team now headed for their common room for a few final words from Matt and to be presented with their certificates.
All that was left was a few hugs and kisses and the end of our week, the buses came and the kids went, a quick photo of the team mentor 2011 week two and we departed.
I was going to make this the last post but I think there is a few things to add and its only right It has its own post. so one more to go.