“Fun, Fresh Air and Fantastic Activities”
Crickhowell High School is planning to take a group of students on a three day residential trip to an outdoor activity centre at Gwersyll yr Urdd Glan Llyn, Bala, North Wales, a Welsh speaking environment. Students will have an opportunity to get to know the other students in their year, make new friends quickly and have a lot of fun.
The trip is open to Year 7 students only from 10th to 12th December 2018.
A wide range of supervised activities are available, such as:
- water sports
- ten pin bowling
- high and low ropes
- orienteering ……..
The cost of this trip will be advised soon but includes transport, accommodation, three meals a day, all activities and an annual Urdd membership. This price is slightly higher than previously quoted, due to unavoidable circumstances forcing us to change bus companies. For those parents who have already paid a deposit, please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.
To reserve a place, please complete the sign-up form and return it, together with a deposit cheque or cash for £50.00 by Friday 5th October 2018. Cheques should be made payable to Crickhowell High School and placed in an envelope clearly marked with the student’s full name and tutor group.
A provisional kit list for the trip is available for download further down this page.
This is a really enjoyable, active and educational experience and we hope that as many Year 7 students as possible will join us at this beautiful location.
Welcome to Glan-llyn
Gwersyll Glan-llyn is an outdoor education centre located on the shores of Llyn Tegid near Y Bala. We organise courses for groups and organisations, educational courses for schools and colleges and adventure holidays for Urdd members.
Glan-llyn has been providing quality outdoor education courses for young people since 1950. The centre has developed over the years and is now considered as one of the leading outdoor education centres in Wales.
It is important to remember that as well as a little holiday from home, visits to Glan-llyn are educational. The students will have the opportunity to participate in adventurous activities but they will also have the opportunity to develop life skills, such as packing their own bag, organising their clothes, cleaning their rooms, domestic duties and managing their time. These small things all contribute to the educational experience of being away from home. It’s likely that the biggest challenge facing students is looking after their socks rather than the high ropes course!
Your Child—Safe In Our Hands
Although most teachers and parents recognize that residential courses offer students invaluable experiences, there are many concerns about organizing such trips in the current social climate. At Glan-llyn, everything is done that can be done to ensure students and parents / carers / guardians are given every support throughout the process. Robust structures are in place which ensure the safety of all during their stay.
In the unlikely event that problems do occur, contact will be made immediately. If anyone has any concerns, they are welcome to contact our reception on 01678 541 000 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A member of Urdd staff is present 24 hours round the clock during a residential stay. Therefore, if there are any problems or concerns, staff are on hand to deal with any issues promptly.
All students sleep in centrally heated, en-suite bedrooms. They are responsible for making their beds and keeping the rooms tidy. Staff are close at hand during the night should any student need help and every student will know how to find that help.
We serve four meals a day—breakfast, lunch, tea and supper—with a separate menu for vegetarians. Any student who has a special dietary requirement, this should be noted on the medical form so that appropriate food can be provided.
The following safety procedures are enforced during a residential stay:
- CCTV System.
- Night Supervisor.
- There is a manager on duty during the day and an on-call manager throughout the night
- All doors leading to accomodation blocks are Maglock doors which require a code to gain access
- Qualified First Aid staff are available for all activities. On call day and night duty managers are also qualified first aiders and we have a First Aid Room with facilities to keep medication locked up.
- Health Forms must be completed for each student disclosing any problems / special needs.
- A fire safety drill is performed for every group that arrives at the Centre.
- Activities, office staff and managers are in constant contact via radio communications.
- Risk Assessments for every activity have been carried out.
- We have a full-time NEBOSH officer who is responsible for Health and Safety.
We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, who ensure safety during activities.
Glan-llyn—A Potted History
Glan-llyn was established as an Outdoor Center for the Urdd in 1950. Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards saw his chance to establish a permanent Urdd centre in North Wales when Plas Glan-llyn became available to rent at the end of the 1940’s.
Prior to this, Glan- llyn had belonged to the Wynnstay Family from Ruabon who had previously been using it as a hunting lodge.
In the early years, the ‘gwersyllwyr’ would arrive on a train and would be transported across Llyn Tegid on the Brenin Arthur boat. During this time, facilities at the centre were pretty basic, but that did not deter thousands of young people flocking to Glan-llyn to take part in various adventurous activities on water and land, and of course to form life-long friendships. The Urdd bought Plas Glan-llyn in 1964 and during the early years only older Urdd members would come to Glan-llyn, with younger members attending camps at Llangrannog. In the early decades it was the ‘swogs’ that led the activities, such as canoeing, climbing, swimming, mountaineering and of course the social activities in the evenings. I t was during this time that Glan-llyn was regarded as the centre of the Welsh pop music scene of the time.
Over the years the center has developed, not only in buildings and facilities, but also in the array of courses that we can offer to all ages. At present, we welcome over 13,000 children, young people and families here to enjoy facilities that are second to none. With the latest developments we can ensure that future generations can enjoy the unique Welsh welcome that we offer here at Glan-llyn.
Climbing: We have two climbing walls at Glan-llyn, ideal for a taster session and to learn basic climbing skills. You will develop self confidence and trust in others .
High Ropes: A chance to test your nerves when you’re stood 30 feet above the ground. There are a number of different elements to the course. A great chance to develop risk assessment skills.
Archery: A beginner’s guide to archery is offered in this new activity. You will receive instructions how to load and fire your arrow in a safe and controlled environment.
Raft Building: You will need to use your imagination if you are to build a raft to carry and support your whole team. To succeed you will need to communicate effectively and work as a team.
Canoeing: Take a trip out on the lake in a tandem canoe with a friend or the canoes can be tied together to create a large raft for playing water games. This is an ideal opportunity to develop team work and communication skills
Sailing: We have a wide selection of sailing boats. As well as developing your personal sailing skills, you can develop scientific knowledge that is key in this thrilling sport.
Gorge Walking: With access to a number of gorges and rivers on our door step, gorge walking is fast becoming a very popular activity. You will get the chance to test your risk assessment, team work and self confidence skills by climbing waterfalls, jumping into pools and crawling through holes.
Kayaking: This activity varies by using sit on top and traditional kayaks. As well as developing your kayaking skills, individuals will gain self confidence whilst taking part in our adventure games.
Ten Pin Bowling: You can challenge your friends to see who will come out on top in our ten pin bowling centre. A great activity for every one of all ages.
Problem Solving: Each task has been designed so that to be successful you must work as a team. Imagination and humour is essential to ensure success in this broad developmental activity.
Orienteering: You will develop map, team work and communication skills by following our orienteering course around the site. Varying in difficulty, this activity is ideal for groups of any age. Orienteering is an exciting and competitive sport.
Glan-llyn Outdoor Activity Centre Location
Gwersyll Glan-llyn is situated on the A494 on the shores of Llyn Tegid, 4 miles from Y Bala and 1 mile from the village of Llanuwchllyn.
Trip Information, Documentation and Useful Links
The trip to Glan-llyn Outdoor Activity Centre will take place on 10th to 12th December 2018. You can download below the following documents:
- the trip sign-up form
- an essential equipment list
For further information about the Glan-llyn Outdoor Activity Centre, please visit their website http://www.urdd.cymru/en/residential-centres/glan-llyn/.
Any further information about the trip will be added to this page over time and notification to parents to check in will be advised via Facebook.
All images used on this page are supplied courtesy of the Glan-llyn Outdoor Activity Centre.