Kids Out 2009

Annual visit to Lightwater Valley with the young people from Benton Park School.


For the fourth year walking, four Aireborough Rotarians (+ one wife) hosted 10 Meadows Park children and three deserving staff on the June 10th Kids Out 2009. This year no map was required as wheelchair-bound Ben had already printed out the ten 'Jaw Dropping' rides he wanted to enjoy. All he needed were the mates to ride them with. So we bravely began at the Eagle's Claw at 10.47 and eventually limped off the Ultimate at 15.53. Luckily for us not all 10 rides were running but Roy and Robert both finished up with 6 out of 10 'could do better'.

Since not everyone yearned for the 'Jaw Droppers', Dick and Pam looked after those on the 'Whipper Snappers' and 'Nippers' where height was a determining factor. Superintendent John M ensured that eighteen packed lunches provided by Otley Chevin Rotary Club duly appeared in the marquee at the right time.

This year 650 kids enjoyed the day out and will talk lengthily about it as they design their albums.

The journey home was much quieter, interrupted only by light snoring and the calls from parents waiting anxiously at Benton Park for our return.

As well as Ben: Jordan, two Andrews, Christopher, Megan, Faisal, Johnny, Maria and Alex all enjoyed the great day out you provided!

Return To Lightwater

On a day which had the potential to be overcast and wet, the bright smiling faces and personalities of ten Benton Park students, three staff, two Rotarians [Robert & Roy] and the driver [Rodney] wend their way through Harrogate & Ripon onward to Stainley and onto their final destination, Lightwater Valley. Bedecked in Kids Out uniforms, white T-shirt with the obligatory orange balloon motif and matching baseball cap, the gallant crew first attacked the "small rides". Perhaps we are getting older and less daring, or the rides have been upgraded, but it seemed that even these rides have become challenging than previous years, faster and higher!

With the "small rides" behind us it was time to tuck into a welcome lunch in the hospitality area. A chance to charge the batteries, network and renew fellowships with fellow Rotarians, catching up on the latest news. Mr Hayley passes on his best wishes to Club members; he was looking for lost children at the time.

Lunchtime over, fully fortified, it was time to tackle the "big rides". A chance to find out who had the stomach for the rides: or would lunch return? This year it was multiple turns on the Flumes, each one more daring. Then onto the rides which more than once literally stood you on your head! Yes Robert you were upside down, it wasn't just fast. The Rapids, a new ride, was a chance to get involuntarily soaked, especially on the seated area. Any list of rides would not be complete without the "Ultimate". Staff were amazed at the confidence of the students who, almost as a body, rushed towards this challenge. On completion of this ride it was fantastic to see the smiles on the faces of the students, the great feeling of achievement, the growth of their self esteem, even if their pallor was rather pale. If the Ultimate was challenging, then the Twister must be classified as an extreme challenge, which failed to daunt out intrepid adventurers.

After a trip to the Shop and a quick ice-cream, it was time to make the homeward journey. How much quieter the return journey was than the out bound trip. Heavy lids of tired individuals fell as the threatened rain lashed the bus windscreen, but it mattered no longer, a fantastic day had been had by everyone.

Thanks to Robert, Roy, Dick and Pam for so ably supporting the students: and to John for his organisation. Thanks to Otley Chevin for the splendid and very welcome lunch.

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Community and Vocational

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