All fired up for week in the wilderness

Ray Mears teaches Mason Hindle and Brogan Whalley how to light a fire. Below - Millfield pupils Lee Rumming, Brogan Whalley, Mason Hindle, Tara Choudhury, and Lauren Smith, make sparks fly while lighting a fire.
Ray Mears teaches Mason Hindle and Brogan Whalley how to light a fire. Below - Millfield pupils Lee Rumming, Brogan Whalley, Mason Hindle, Tara Choudhury, and Lauren Smith, make sparks fly while lighting a fire.
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LIGHTING fires and sleeping rough might not sound like the best things to be teaching teenagers.

But when their teacher is Ray Mears and they’re spending a week in the wilderness learning life skills, it’s a different story.

Millfield pupils Lee Rumming, Brogan Whalley, Mason Hindle, Tara Choudhury, and Lauren Smith, making sparks fly while lighting a fire with Ray Mears.

Millfield pupils Lee Rumming, Brogan Whalley, Mason Hindle, Tara Choudhury, and Lauren Smith, making sparks fly while lighting a fire with Ray Mears.

Pupils from Millfield Science and Performing Arts College in Thornton have been honoured as some of the greenest teens in the country.

And to prove their outdoor credentials they won a week with the woodsman and TV presenter.

Ten environment enthusiasts from the school were taken trekking, fire-making, hill walking and canoeing, helping build their personal and teamwork skills.

Brogen Whalley, 13, from Cleveleys, said: “We’ve all got to know each other and ourselves better.

“In the outdoors you can rely on people you didn’t realise you could, you learn about each others skills and weaknesses.”

The group won the trip-of-a-lifetime after impressing judges of npower’s Climate Cops SOS competition with their teamwork.

The company asked entrants to create a green project which encourages other teenagers to down gadgets and get out in the great outdoors.

The group created an eco-friendly outdoor theatre to encourage other pupils at their school, on Belvedere Road, to lead a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. The school also has it own eco-garden.

The green teens joined groups from nine other schools at an outdoor experience at The Outward Bound Trust’s Ullswater Centre last week.

Ray Mears said: “They were wonderful young people.

“The expeditions are quite challenging, they do things that many adults have never done, but this age group respond so well. They’re at the age where it’s vital they can dispel any self-confidence worries they may have.

“We teach them to have confidence in their capability as well as nurturing a love of the great outdoors.”

The activities taught both essential survival skills in the great outdoors and inspired self-belief in the youngsters.

Tara Choudhury, 12, from Carleton, added: “I’ve learnt a lot about myself because sometimes I felt like giving up but the people around me supported me, especially in the rock climbing when I was scared.

“The sense of achievement after activities is really cool.”

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