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We signed up both our boys hoping they might engage themselves in the activities on this course, praying the weather would play ball and hoping that they would be happy to stay the full week - which is a long stint in the middle of the woods, with unfamiliar people, fellow campers, and environment. And of course, without the use or access to mobiles, their isolation would be complete - just a note on that front, no need to confiscate electronics for anyone considering the course, there's absolutely no chance of a signal and frankly, they're kept far too busy having old school fun to worry about new world comms'. And of course there's the question of the wildlife. Husband is completely competent in the middle of the river, not so much presented with a mouse in the corner of the bedroom or a daddy long legs in the bath, but I'll come back to that! We need not have worried because the boys could not have loved it more. Fearful of a phone call towards the middle of the week to say 'ok mum, it's been fun but can we come home now', in the event we practically had to peel them away. A mixture of children, temperament, ages and of both sexes, but with one exception of a child who I fear had been frogmarched on to the tour, and who resigned his place by the camp fire on the first day, they all got on brilliantly, bonding really well as a group. And that, I feel, is entirely down the staff making them feel completely at ease, secure, and making sure they had fun at the same time as learning a lot about wild camping. Both of our children raved about the staff and were hugely impressed by the knowledge of both the male and female staff. They learned a huge range of skills (no more queueing at the fishmongers to have my fish gutted!), and they have forbidden me from ever buying firelighters again, such is their new found confidence in their self-sufficiency. (Their mother clearly should consider doing the course herself and then maybe she could dispense with the easy-logs that she sneaks on the fire when no-one is looking, earning serious, if unwarranted, kudos in the eyes of her fishin' shootin' husband. All my concerns that the boys would grow up as softies like their mother have been laid to rest, along with the spiders that they pulled out of my bath yesterday evening. Absolutely brilliant course, brilliant, sufficiently challenging, and with an excellent support and training team, couldn't rate this course highly enough. No.1 son turns 18 next August and is anxious they won't let him attend next year because he'll be too old. Ladies and gentlemen, you can expect his application as your new work experience student shortly...!