The Prince’s Trust programme at the College provides students with tremendous experiences over the 12 weeks that it runs.
One of the most rewarding aspects of any Prince’s Trust programme is the residential trip that the Teams embark on.
For one week, the Teams mix together and enjoy team building activities.
We asked one of this group’s team members, Fiona Banner of Prince’s Trust Team 157 (Kilwinning), if she would share her experiences of her recent residential trip.
Here is what she said.
As a new team we were all very anxious and excited to go on our residential trip with the Prince’s Trust. We had looked forward to the new experiences that would face us there. Living with all these new people for four days and being around them every hour of the day felt like it was going to be a struggle for everyone.
Luckily, the Kilwinning Team are a great team who stick together and look out for each other. They are very reliable and offer support when it’s needed, which we found out during our trip.
The first day was exciting and everyone was thrilled to be there. We did various team building exercises, which helped us realise we could trust our team which was necessary for the rest of the activities. We teamed up for orienteering that day and at night time we challenged our teammates on inflatables and raced against each other. These kind of activities helped everyone get an insight to their teammates’ strengths and weaknesses.
We found ourselves making new friends with the Kilmarnock and Ayr teams and made new bonds after a whole day of activities. We felt more comfortable with the other teams compared to how we felt before we went on residential.
On the second day, everyone was eager to get up and go out to Auchengillan Outdoor Centre. We had to climb a tall pole, work as a team to build an unstable crate stack and climb it, then do rock climbing and abseiling. These helped push every individual to the best of their abilities and for some to face their fears. This is a hard thing to do but having the support and motivation of your team and leaders helped a great deal. We all managed to push ourselves further than we ever imagined.
During the night we competed against each other in various games like indoor hockey, quizzes and we did trust building exercises with the teams. This helped create a bigger and better bond with everyone.
By day three we all felt like we had known each other for years even though we had only spent 11 days together.
It was a great atmosphere, everyone was looking out for each other because we were all on the same boat. The third day was the last day for activities – we got to go grass sledging, rifle shooting, raft building and para dropping. Here we all learned new skills and enhanced our team working skills. We put our knowledge of each other’s strengths and weaknesses to use and managed to work out strategies for different people in the team to get things done efficiently.
Finally we had a talent show where several people showed off any secret talents they had. People who just wanted a laugh and to make the most of their experience performed. This gave us a better insight into everyone’s personalities and it was a great confidence booster for everyone being able to perform their talents while having amazing support from the teams – whether the performers were good or bad!
We all wish we could go back and do it all over again. It was amazing for everyone. We all learned very valuable life skills that will help us a great deal in the future, without us even knowing we were learning them at the time.
We all came back better people than when we first entered the team. With all the learning and activities aside we all had a brilliant laugh and hopefully made bonds for life.
The experience has taught me to believe in myself and sometimes in life you just need to know someone has your back and you can achieve better than you ever imagined.