We left the school on the 1st of October at 6:45, all excited for the activities we had in store for us. After a grueling 2 hour bus ride, we arrived at the cute little town of Carlingford, only for half of us to be thrown in the freezing cold water. We were given wetsuits, helmets and lifejackets and were sent to get changed. The wetsuits were still wet from previous people using them so they stuck to your body really tightly.
When everyone was dressed and ready, we all had to go and get our kayaks and canoes and bring them down to the water ourselves with the oars that go with the boat. We then were told the instructions on what to do and got into the boats. As there were two different groups going on the water, one group were given single canoes and the other group were given double ones. We were allowed just steer the boats around for a few minutes until we got the hang of it and then the group who had double kayaks were brought to the shore and the group with singles were brought to the trampoline in the middle of the lake. At the shore we played different games, one of which included dunking our heads into the water and another was rock, papers, scissors on the boats. Then after ten-twenty minutes the groups swapped over. On the trampoline you were allowed 5 minutes before you had to jump into the water. Once everyone had a go at everything we went back up to the shore, changed and headed back to the centre for lunch.
After lunch it was time for the skypark. First things first, we were shown a video on how to work all the equipment and on what to do during different sections of the park. When the video was finished we were brought out and given harnesses and the girls and people with long hair were given hairnets. We then had to a small little course to make sure we were fully used to all the equipment and knew how to work everything. There was different clippy bits and ropes and zip lines in the training course and once everyone had completed it and knew how everything worked, we were allowed go on the different courses. There was a medium course which most people went on and then there was a higher course which the braver people went on. Once everyone had completed their courses, it was time to head back to the centre for dinner.
After dinner we were told our rooms and once all that was sorted we went on a long walk up to a forest. The walk was really tiring and it was getting dark so some people were walking very slowly. Once we reached our destination, we could see that the views were absolutely amazing. Now we had been told the name of what we were doing but we had no idea what it was. It was called nightline and what it was, was a team trust exercise. Everyone was blindfolded and you had to hold on to the person in front of you. We were then brought to an obstacle course and the person in the front had to describe all the obstacles and had to lead you around the course safely without losing anyone. After this was finished, we headed back to the centre where we were allowed chill in the common rooms till lights out.
The next morning we were woken up by the intercom which explained to us what to do with our bedclothes and our bags and which activities the different groups were doing. We then were allowed downstairs for breakfast and after breakfast once everyone had packed up and had sorted their rooms, we were brought to out different activities.
The first activity of the day that we did was laser tag. We were brought out to a outside area of the centre where we were given cameo onesies and guns. We were then brought up to the same area where the nightline was, just a little bit off from it. We were split into teams which were determined by the colour of the top of our guns. Once everyone knew how to work the guns we started the games. There were a few different types of games we played. We played the normal laser tag game, capture the flag and a game called VIP, which is basically someone is a VIP on both teams and each team has to figure out who is the VIP on either team. After laser tag we were brought back for lunch and after lunch was more activities.
Once we were ready, we were brought back to the skylark where we were told we were going to be doing a combo, which included aeroball, 3D maze and archery. The aeroball was basically basketball but on mini-trampolines. You jumped up and down and had to try score in the opposing teams hoop. The 3D maze was a maze where you had to crawl in the dark to try find your way to the exit. This was the most frustrating activity by far as one of the groups took 40 minutes and a lot of them were really stressed afterwards. Then it was archery which is kinda self explanatory. There were 3 targets and you had to shoot the arrows at your targets to try and get a bullseye. After all these activities it was time to head home. On the way we stopped for food at a gas station but then it was another long bus journey back to the school. We were all exhausted from all the fun and sad at having to leave the instructors and a beautiful place but we were all so happy that we had such a great time.