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Scottietottie

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I must be mad!
« on: June 20, 2009, 12:25:39 PM »
Hi  :)

On Monday - I'm going away for a week.  I've been roped in by work to help with a residential.  2 of my colleagues have already gone and are camping for the weekend in the Lake District. (NW England)  They were going to be climbing mountains and things.  They are with an organisation who runs out door activities for people in the borough I live in.

On Monday they are packing up camp and moving to an old station house that is apprently now owned by the boy scouts. The outdoor people are still going to run daytime activities but will be leaving the group and 2 workers alone in the evenings. The two workers really decided that 3 or more would be better as the group we are working with are what is termed as 'high risk'. 4 have ADHD, all are troubled and one of the ones with ADHD has ODD as well. (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) Oh joy!

So I am driving up on Monday evening to join them. How I am going to cope with outdoor activities for the rest of the week remains a mystery. I did suggest that I just remain at base and peel potatoes but that apparently is not a good plan as cooking for themselves is all part of the residential experience.

I told the outdoor workers that I am NOT rock climbing but am prepared to take photos. What I make of mountain biking and canoeing remains to be seen. POOH - if you read this - I may be on a bike yet!  (I may also have another impossible encounter with a wetsuit. I'm not sure) I don't know exactly what the programme is yet.  Roll on next Friday!!

The weather is set to be good, which I guess is something. Keeping the little darlings occupied in the evening is going to be fun too. The station is surrounded by fields but we are apparently not allowed in them. Wonderful!  :-\ We can stick to footpaths though but can't let them loose to play football. I hope the daytimes tire them out. For those who don't know - the kids range from 13 - 15. There are 12 of them. (10 boys and 2 girls)

Wish me luck!   Take care - Scottie  :)
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Re: I must be mad!
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2009, 12:31:25 PM »
Oh Scottie, that sounds like so much fun!  Take tons of pictures and do what you can, and you won't regret it!

Have lot's of fun and don't forget to post the details and the pictures!


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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2009, 12:46:47 PM »
Hope you have a good time... no doubt you will sleep well after each day's activities  :D

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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2009, 01:33:41 PM »
Hi Scottie

I have to say that this is jaw-dropping news!  You are amazing ... and brave ... and possibly foolhardy!

Have a wonderful week and tell us all about it when you're back.

Take care - Chickpea

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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2009, 02:00:46 PM »
Scottie

I agree - you must be mad! BUt I hope you enjoy it too. Be careful!!!!

Kathyx

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2009, 02:05:57 PM »
Scottie,

The first thing to come to my mind was . . . I'm glad it's YOU and not ME going on this little adventure!!!   :o

Do you HAVE to go??  Is it a requirement of your job??  Isn't it lovely the things your job requires??   ::)

Good luck - I hope it turns out better than you are anticipating and you have a good time.  Tire the kids out so they will fall into bed in the evening.   ;D

Take care . . . let us know how it went when you get back.

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Re: I must be mad!
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2009, 02:24:15 PM »
good luck Scottie - Say 'enough' when you need to but I'm sure it will be a really rewarding time.  Thinking of you and looking forward to hearing your news when you are back and rested again.  XX ailsa
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2009, 08:37:47 PM »
Oh Scottie,

I just think you are soo cool. What you do , working with those kids is Heroic.

I hope you have fun. But I am sure there will be unique situations in your adventure.

Let us know how it goes.

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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2009, 08:41:00 PM »
Oh Scottie, I'm afraid I have to agree with you.  YOU ARE MAD!!!   :D

I did these kind of things when I was younger but I couldn't and wouldn't do it now for all the money in China.  

Please do let me know if you get on a bike or into another wet suit.  I will be sure to pee before reading the account. :D :D  The last time it almost put me away laughing.  You really should write a book about your experiences with these kids.  

Take care and please be careful, we want to talk to you, not about you.   ;D

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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2009, 09:22:17 PM »
I cannot imagine surviving such long hours of activity and mental/emotional alertness!

Scottie~ you are a better woman than I!  You are doing God's work.  I am so proud of you!

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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2009, 07:29:42 AM »
Oh Scottie....I am definitely sending you lots of positive vibes and good luck wishes! Just remember that when you have had to enough to go back to picture taking!


It does sound like fun though.....and being "mad" isn't the worst thing in the world!   ;D


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Re: I must be mad!
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2009, 09:57:58 AM »
 Ah Scottie I am soooooo envious .. It sounds such fun!
 
 I love the outdoors , especially when it's warm, and next week promises good weather.

             Please don't blame me tho' if it aint!    Pack the water proofs in case...

  I can imagine you all sitting at night singing your heads off.    ENJOY!!

                                                                                       Take care, Dolly