Changemakers was a new holiday project between Oundle School and the Peterborough school, Gladstone Primary Academy, held at the Outward Bound Trust’s Ullswater Centre in the Lake District in late August.
Twelve Lower Sixth Form pupils mentored twenty-four children aged nine and ten during a fun and challenging five-day residential camp. The project was made possible by fundraising from the Oundle community, and especially by the L6th pupils, raising £16,000 overall for 2019.
The group was divided into three teams and undertook adventurous activities, including rowing across Ullswater to start their ascent of local peaks, and overnight expeditions to wild camp sites on the Lakeland Fells. Gorge walking in swollen mountain rivers, cliff jumping, tunnelling, camp fires and freezing swims in Ullswater enabled everyone to feel fulfilled and challenged in so many different ways.
The relationships that developed between the mentors and the younger children was the highlight of the trip, and the shared experiences and personal achievements made it a very special time.