H hasn’t been too keen on the idea of school overnight trips or scouting camps in the past, even though he likes to travel and explore. He’s had sleepovers at grandparents and friend’s houses, but he’s chosen not to go on cub camps. His school doesn’t do a residential trip till Year 6, which seems quite late compared to other schools. My nephew can go on one this year and he’s in Year 2 (although I think that’s a bit too early). The trip isn’t very long either (only 2 nights) so I was interested to see how it went.
The packing list was enormous really for the length of stay. The school wanted them to take about 5 changes of clothes, but also be able to manage their luggage themselves. We didn’t have that many changes of winter casual clothes (he’d grown out of some of last year’s) and I did think I would have to go out to buy some more trousers. Anyway I packed up as much as I could fit in and off he went. On the morning of the trip he put on his special new top that they’d had to wear for this trip and on the way to school I noticed he’d managed to get toothpaste down the front. We are long past carrying wipes and I didn’t even have a tissue to try to dab it with.
As parents we had some updates along the way, but they didn’t really tell us much and weren’t child specific at all. So when I went to school on the Friday to collect him, I was none the wiser how it had gone. I was greeted with smiles and apparently it was really good. He certainly seemed to have a good time and enjoyed meeting some kids from another school (who were there at the same time) that he might possibly end up at secondary with.