14 JulDay Fifteen - What do you do at a Barbecue? Dance, of course!

For the last two weeks, our campers have followed the same routine every morning. First, we wake up to the latest chart hit (or a One Direction song), then, we have a little dance (or do some exercise in the field) and finally, we tuck into breakfast and talk about the night before or the day ahead (while Edurne fills her cup with 2/3 of the Cola Cao) and with today being the last day here at Fuente Alberche we weren’t going to break from tradition. So up the campers rose, this time to a more sombre tune to reflect the bittersweet feelings rumbling through the stomachs of our twenty two guests. Wiping away the sleep from their eyes, one by one the campers began to notice something unusual – each of them had been “branded” with a pen-tattoo on the face. All fingers, rightly or wrongly, immediately pointed to Ales. 
 
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h the excitement of seeing their parents but also the tinge of sorrow at having to say goodbye to their BFCs (best friends from camp) in the air, breakfast was full of mixed chatter. Then, one camper had an idea – everyone should write a little message in their fellow campers’ diaries as a mini keepsake.  Amidst the frenzy, pens were flying about the place, pages were being flicked at a frantic pace and that bubbling energy once again returned to camp! Students were smiling and laughing as they recalled so many of the funny events from over the past two weeks.
 
Next, it was time to pack up our suitcases and make sure we were ready for off. Once we had finished, it was time to say goodbye to the animals and what better way than with a bit of food. With a bale of cereal and a few buckets of fruit and bread, the campers made their way into the animal pens. Everyone marvelled over the baby chicks who, when we first arrived, were tiny tiny tiny and now that we were leaving, had grown in size and sound. Then, it was onto the rabbits followed by the ducks. Some of our more valiant members delighted in holding the ducks while the others looked on.
 
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After some photos, it was back to the house to make the most of the final few hours with our BFCs and wait until the parents arrived. When the first cars pulled up, students excitedly looked on to see whose folks had arrived first. In no time at all, everyone’s parents were here and Fuente Alberche was filled with music, laughter and the clatter of plates as everyone savoured the delicious barbecue meal prepared by Florentino and Aurora. Sausages, ribs, potatoes… What more could you want? Lunchtime was filled with ample pauses as students ran to the games room every time a new TUNE (temazo) came over the speakers.
 
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As you may remember, earlier on in the week I mentioned a little something about a surprise the campers had been preparing. Well, now it was time to show off their week of work. First up were the sheep with a lively rendition of “Old MacDonald had a farm”. Decked out in their animal costumes and voices warmed up, they began to sing, each one impressing with their solo performances. A round of applause – wooooohoooo! Then, it was the goats’ turn. They started off with a quick class cry “ee-eye ee-eye ee-eye-oh come on goat team, let’s go”. This was followed up with a comical teaching of the rules for the parents. The “no homework” rule in particular, tickled a few. They ended their piece with their version of the preposition song. Another round of applause – woooooohooooooo! To end the show, the cows had written their own play – The mystery of the merry go round  - putting their acting skills to the test and wowing the parents, monitors and teachers alike. Another round of applause – wooooooohooooooo!
 
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Keeping one final surprise up our sleeve, we gathered everyone at the front steps once more. Now it was time for the graduation ceremony. Each student was presented with a certificate, student report and an environmental award as well as a hand painted pen/whistle and an English book courtesy of our hosts.
 
After one final group photo, it was time to say goodbye. Tears filled the eyes of anyone and everyone (campers, parents, monitors, teachers – I’m fairly sure I saw Duna cry too). Hugs were exchanged and numbers were swapped so campers could keep in touch from near and far. 
 
 
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Over the last fifteen days, these campers have eaten together, laughed together, cried together, smiled together, shared stories, secrets and rooms together. The friendships made here at Fuente Alberche are friendships that will last for a long time to come.
 
From all of us here at Camp Midleton, we would like to say a huge thank you to parents, teachers, monitors, Florentino, Aurora and most of all, you campers for having made the last two weeks so memorable. Take it easy guys, safe travels home and we’ll see each other soon!
 
Joe
Camp Director

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A la "familia Midleton y Fuente Alberche": Enhorabuena por el campamento y gracias por estas dos semanas. Se lo han pasado fenomenal. Seguro que se acuerdan siempre. Congratulacions. Good job.
Simplemente gracias, estoy seguro que los niños no olvidaran estos 15 días. GRACIAS.
Muchas gracias de corazón, por todo lo que le habeis aportado a tania y por esos 14 dias tan bonito que a pasado junto a vosotr@s.

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