Tuesday 18th September 2018 saw 77 Yr 9 boys and 7 staff embark on the journey to Pwll Caerog Farm in Pembrokeshire (near St David’s) for three days of exciting activities and peer bonding. The boys got the chance to take part in some challenging activities such as coasteering and surfing together with walking a section of the wild Pembrokeshire coast and mud runs.
The weather this year proved to be our biggest challenge with winds of 65mph and torrential rain on several occasions. Parts of our schedule had to be altered; sea-kayaking was cancelled due to the huge seas and coasteering was moved to The Blue Lagoon near Abereiddi which was deemed to be a bit more sheltered; though you wouldn’t think so looking at the pictures!
The wind throughout Wednesday and Thursday afternoon was too strong for board surfing, resulting in three groups learning how to body-surf.
As usual, the food provided by the wonderful Celtic Camping staff was delicious and plentiful; very welcome after a day of energetic activities. The accommodation – dormitory ‘bunkhouse’ style at the farm – gave the boys the chance to make new friends within their year group. The activities led by the TYF staff were mentally and physically challenging, promoted team work and were highly enjoyable. Overcoming fears, showing resilience, leading and motivating team mates were just some of the qualities that blossomed during this trip.
A great time was had by all and memories of the experiences shared, amazing weather and beautiful scenery will stay with us forever. Many sincere thanks to Miss Fowler, the Reverend Swartz, Mrs Parr, Mrs Wynne-Lord, Callum Basset-Jones and Max Richards for all their help and support in making this trip so successful.