What a day! The first survival task began at 9.30am with making a series of knots in order to secure a shelter.
Then came the building of a bamboo shelter, from hacking down raw materials to using the machete to 'clean them up' to sawing the correct sizes and using the knots from earlier to bring it all together.
All of the children cooperated well and we had the main shelter built shortly after lunch. Then there was a water pistol fight in the pool for some while others continued to work on the masterpiece.
Next came fire and we learned about and tried out the many ways to create it from using a lighter to rubbing sticks together, to using a flint and steel.
With the home fire burning, it was time for the final stage - food. Ottavia took the children for a walk around the grounds hunting for edible secrets. We found leaves and berries, nuts and fruits which could all be eaten in order to stay alive in the wild. Valerio even found a four leaf clover! This turned out to be ironic as only a short while later, one of our team was accidentally injured with the rounders bat! It was the first time that the Hazelhut had been put into real emergency mode with a swift trip to accident and emergency. One stitch later and our true survivor was as good as gold. Bravo!
The other children were especially glad to have the team reunited as it meant they could still enjoy the best ever Hazelhut desert from the campfire coals - chocolate bananas of course!