Summit 11 Field Weekend
11 Mar 2015
Last weekend, the Perse Exploration Society Summit 11 group headed off on a Field Weekend to Fritton Lake, in preparation for their summer expedition to Sweden. Year 11 pupill Emily Deane shares her experiences of the trip below.
“On the 6 March, the group of students belonging to Summit 11 had an early start to the morning, meeting at seven o’clock ready for the second ‘field weekend’ in preparation for the expedition to Sweden in the summer. We were going to Herringfleet Scout Campsite, a beautiful woodland area on the edge of Fritton Lake, eager to make a good first impression as this was an exciting new venue for PES.
After a short journey, we arrived at the campsite filled with energy for the weekend ahead. One half of the group headed straight to the water, eager to improve their paddle skills. The weather was mild, with some gusty winds, which was perfect for the sailing that was attempted (with considerable success). Meanwhile, the other half of us were engaged in a bushcraft skills day. After setting up our hammocks and tarps, the competitive side of us emerged when it was revealed there was a prize for the fire (group) with the best overall campsite. Mi’kmaq were triumphant, and enjoyed eating their seasonal Easter egg prize. Everyone proceeded to cook and eat a tasty dinner, and those who were exhausted from canoeing had an early night while the rest of us took part in a quiz around the campfire before heading to bed.
The following morning, both groups swapped their activites. It was a promising day for those on the lake, as their rafting and paddle skills improved dramatically, and with the sun shining it was very enjoyable for all. It was also a successful day for those on land, who were able to focus on their fire lighting and carving skills, which was evident by the number of handmade wooden spoons that could be found throughout the camp! The winner of the celebrated Easter egg on this day was Arawak, however it was a close competition as all of the campsites were of extremely high quality. By this point, a huge range of gadgets had been made, ranging from drying racks to a paracord dispenser. The evening soon drew to a close, with dinners being made and the quiz being completed.
On the last day, we were given a choice of activities. Some of the leaders were prepared to take a small group of students back out on to the water, to concentrate on their canoeing ability. On the other hand, we could enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the campsite and focus on improving our bushcraft skills or attend a captivating demonstration on how to cook churros. Those of us canoeing were able to hone in on our paddling skills, and even undertook a rescue drill as one unlucky pair took a dip in the chilly water. At midday, we all worked together to get the equipment packed up as efficiently as possible. Exhausted but satisfied, we were once again on the bus, one step further in our preparation for Sweden.”