At the start of half term 50 nervously excited Blue Coat participants set off to Cannock Wood for the inaugural Friends Activity Weekend. The ethos behind this new event was to provide an opportunity for families to get together away from daily work and school routines. Many of the participants proved to be highly proficient at creating their own home from home environment by pitching their own tented living quarters for the weekend. Others, who were new to the camping experience managed to ‘rent a tent’, with the added bonus that it was already pitched and ready for their arrival. Aside from the novelty of camping the weekend was packed full of activities including: climbing, crate stacking, vertical assault course, tree climbing, pedal karts, archery and campfire sing alongs. A particular favourite was the introduction to Forest School, which was led by our very own Mr Isherwood and Mrs Walker, who taught us new skills which will live long in the memory. The weekend was such a resounding success that by the end of it there was a loud cheer in favour of making it an annual occurrence, so keep an eye out for communications along these lines!