Coach journeys are lonesome without any friends…
The earphones shatter, as strangers converse;
Exchanging looks, to phone numbers,
Giving you nothing but a fake smile that you’re scared to accept.
But soon everything changes.
Growing anxiety and such little confidence is a disastrous mix,
You’re left wondering why you thought this would be such a great idea.
Clinging onto the memory of signing up with reassurance,
‘This is the experience that changes your life.’
And you were right.
Your bag is full of vegan snacks: you lacked-
Hope for the supplied friendly-foods,
Soon, a familiar face flutters on past you,
Feel-good vibes radiate through their ever-confident personality.
You introduce yourself; get talking with them and their friends.
Gelling like thick double-cream, melting all over fresh, sugar-coated strawberries,
You laugh together.
Now living away from home, in Safari tents with your new friends,
It can’t seem so made-up, even if it were a dream.
Unpacking and swapping style trends,
You prepare yourself for the first activity.
Step one, on building confidence: the Zip Wire.
Feeling lucky that the first step was on the frame closest to the ground,
And having a lot of new people around,
It was almost overwhelming-
And the jump off of the x-metres high platform was more terrifying!
Zooming down the line, feeling thousands of undefined butterflies,
Making their wings noticed, one by one.
Wiggling your legs, like two stray-strands of spaghetti,
Waiting to run away with the landing’s impact,
And detach yourself from the wire.
Plan unsuccessful! Like everyone else,
You land, bottom-first, sliding heavily in the wet sand.
Before you know it, you’ll be conquering the world-
Of climbing poles and Jacobs’ Ladders,
Abseiling, and becoming a Pro-Kangaroo-Basketball Player…
On a trampoline… with a soft ball.
Step 2: another coach journey to a University.
The tingly feeling of ‘am I on holiday?’ returns!
Seeing all of your new friends for the second week couldn’t get more interesting,
You learn so much about each other as time continues.
Dressing up in blue bin bags, and recreating the characters from ‘Avatar’,
Your team mascot you, surrounding you
With the most bizarre scene of disturbing-sounds and setting.
You have never felt so embarrassed;
Like a fish trying to climb a tree, to escape the water that it felt drowned in.
But the confidence you gained in Step 1-
Reunites you with this painstakingly-funny routine,
It comforts you as you take control, like ‘Avatar’ flying his ‘Mountain Banshee’.
You begin to plan your charity fundraiser,
A small heart-to-heart with your friends,
Opening up into a charity that synchronizes
help, happiness and health.
You know it’s this charity, that needs your support the most.
Step 3: you wander around your area for what feels like hours on end!
Trying to find the hidden centre your group are meeting at,
To arrange what you will do for the week-
Coming together like this, you will never feel more at-home-
With a group of people you’ve barely known for 2 weeks.
Designing activities and new card games to play for your fundraiser;
Dancing around the field, with telephone numbers-
Falling out of your internal-address books.
You call as many places possible, in order to help your chosen charity.
Finally you decide on your menu of feasts;
Cake sales and bric-a-brac stalls
The lads march around town collecting amazing donations:
Selections of toys, games and photo frames.
Just try to imagine anything better.
Cleaning a beach is more challenging than people think.
The hot Sun works exhaustively all day long, keeping the beach’s customers rolling on down.
Shaking donation jars around, and collecting for the charity,
We meet many of the locals’ and their children,
Whom were entertained by the cake stalls,
As Busy Bees collected pollen from plants.
The final fundraising event, held at a popular stables Fun Day,
Over 300 books and various shop donations,
The wind was our enemy!
A tiring day, as slow as the driving lessons,
Travelling at 8mph on the bumpy grass,
Thankful for everyone who came and took part.
Helping raise over £490 for charity
A summer well-spent, with NCS.
[Wave 7 Group D, ft. a very cool bike]