On Friday 10th May, a group of 13 III Form pupils ventured off on the first Pringle Camp of the term to Abernethy Ardeonaig, near Loch Tay. The thundering rain on the minibus journey would probably have made Bear Grylls turn around and run for home, but not us. We pushed on and arrived at our campsite as it abated to little more than a drizzle. Tents were popped up and barbecues lit in no time and we were off to a great start.
Overnight the temperatures dropped considerably but the boys were not put off in the slightest. They woke to the sounds of birds tweeting on the Saturday morning and tucked into a hearty breakfast - Hamish having to be held back from consuming every single packet of oatmeal we had in one go! Challenges were found and fears overcome as the groups worked their way up the gorge and paddled out onto Loch Tay in their kayaks. Having tried hard to drench every piece of clothing they had in the Loch, the campfire became a welcome friend on the Saturday night and this was accompanied by the traditional s’mores, of course.
The Sunday offered a slightly more relaxed start and a bit of a lie in before breakfast, more games and a sunny journey home - what a difference a couple of days can make! For some boys this marked the last in a long list of many amazing Pringle outdoor residential trips they have enjoyed over the years. I hope they will carry the happy memories, the life skills and the important lessons with them for many years to come and continue to enjoy the unique opportunities of the outdoors when they being their Duke of Edinburgh Awards next year.