Last weekend, 11 FBB participants went on a special residential trip to Woodrow High House in the countryside of Buckinghamshire. It was both a reward for how well they have been doing on the programme and an opportunity to develop their youth leadership skills. The young people came from 4 different schools but quickly bonded to become friends and teammates.
We caught up with two of the students from the trip to get their reflections.
What have you been getting up to at Woodrow High House?
Clinton, year 8, Harris Garrard Academy:
The first thing we did was meet three people from London Youth who led our sessions. Then we started doing some lessons on the qualities and skills that we have. One day, we learnt about teamwork, they took us on a blindfolded walk in the woods where there was lots of mud. We had to talk to each other about how to get around and used lots of communication skills. Some people fell and splashed in the mud!
Charlie, year 8, The Totteridge Academy:
We’ve been doing loads of outdoor activities about teamwork and leadership. I really enjoyed improving my leadership skills – I didn’t even know how much there was to it. We also played lots of football. We even played against another big group of young people who were staying at Woodrow – and we won!
What have you learned?
I’ve learned that the most important thing for helping someone or getting through things are leadership and teamwork. If you’re blindfolded, you need special teamwork and chemistry with the other people. Otherwise, someone might walk into something or get hurt. I’ve mostly learned that teamwork, communication and determination are really important.
I’ve learned a lot about leadership, like the different types. My favourite type of leadership that we learned about is participation. That’s where you lead while taking part in the activity.
How do you think you’ll use what you’ve learned in the future?
If someone in my team or family is having trouble I will motivate them towards their dreams and not hold them back. It’s about helping them to reach their aims no matter what they are. When I’m playing football, even if my team is losing 10-0 I’ll tell them it’s not all over. It’s never impossible to come back!
I think that I’ll use the skills a lot – when I play for football and in other team sports. It’ll definitely improve how I play.
It was amazing to see the progress made by our young participants, and FBB looks forward to putting on similar retreats in the future. A big thank you to London Youth for delivering the transformational learning experience and Woodrow High House for hosting us.