We love this time of year.
The days are warmer, the evenings are longer and our Centre is constantly alive with activity and excitement!
This week we welcomed eight different school groups to Mount Cook, travelling from across the UK to enjoy an adventurous residential in the great outdoors. Some schools had travelled from Northamptonshire, Peterborough and Lincolnshire, one had journeyed west from Nottingham, and another had come to us from Liverpool!
We are delighted to welcome children and young people from a variety of different locations across the country. By visiting Mount Cook, these children can try new outdoor activities, experience the beautiful landscapes of the Peak District and gain self-confidence away from home - which is so important!
Despite the rainy weather, the pupils have been in the woods building dens, tackling a series of Team Challenges on our rather muddy activity field, and exploring Cromford Canal with a canoeing expedition. It's fair to say that the rain hasn't dampened anyone's spirits this week!
At the end of the day, what really makes the job worthwhile for the Mount Cook team and the JCA instructors is hearing, first-hand, the fond memories of the children who have stayed with us. This week, Class 5 from Pleasant Street Primary wrote a series of blog entries about their residential, and we think they are brilliant!
Here's a few for you to read:
Mount Cook Residential, by Hamza
"We had a fun three days in Mount Cook Derbyshire. First we went on the mini buses. After a couple of hours on the mini bus we arrived at Mount Cook. We set all of our bags down then we had lunch, it was really delicious.
After lunch we went Canoeing and we all had different groups our group was called The Lions. We all went on the boats and we went under a tunnel and it echoed. Mrs.Johnston,Terrell and Maisie fell off the boats and they were very, very cold and Terrell fell two times so that was funny!"
Jackie Chan Adventures, by Tupac
"We had to get ready for Canoeing Terrelle fell in the water first then another time Maisie and Mrs. Johnston fell in aswell. After canoeing we went back to the building and washed our hands, then got a shower ; it was nice and warm , then we had food . Once we had food we played a quiz after that we went to bed.
The next day we went down stairs and had breakfast; it was gorgeous then we got changed and went to do our first activity of the day, we were late. We had to climb up some logs, the activity was called Jacobs Ladder; it was hard. Afterwards we had a break, we had a drink then we went and played a crane game then tire and initiative exercises. Then we had food and we went to bed.
On the last day we went and played Gladiator Wall then we went home.
I loved mount cook."
The Journey to JCA, by Thang & Malik
"It took 3 hours on the motorway to get there; we didn’t mind how long it took us to get there. We were all listening to the radio and having fun on the way there.
Once we arrived there, we all got our luggage and went into our rooms and unpacked our luggage into our wardrobes.
We had 15 minutes to unpack our luggage and chill for a bit in our rooms before the activities.
There were 3 teams; theDream Team, Mystic 10 and the lions. Our team was the Dream Team and there were 12 people ( including two teachers Miss Sherman and Miss Gervais )
We had beans, Hashbrown, bacon, toast and eggs for breakfast. We had crisps, a sandwich, a biscuit and a piece of fruit for lunch and for dinner, we had pasta, beef bologniase with garlic bread and we had the choice to have water or juice.
We stayed there for three days and we had so much fun! There were lots of fun and muddy activities that really made us laugh!"
If you're child or pupils have visited our Centre for an Activity Day or Adventurous Residential, then we would love to hear about their experiences and memories!
Ways in which you can do this ...
Email your letters or images to the office at Explore@mountcook.uk
Send your letters to us in the post. Our address: Mount Cook Adventure Centre, Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4LS.
At the end of the year, we will pull together all the letters we have received to choose our favourites. If your school wins, you could be in for a Mount Cook prize!