Laches Wood blog. Day Five, Friday

blog title5Mixed emotions were the story of our final morning at Laches Wood. Sadness that we were nearing the end of our adventures, but looking forward to seeing our families and enjoying some home comforts.
After a delicious cooked breakfast, we needed to make our first preparations for our departure later in the day. Packing bags put organisational skills on show, with some packing carried out with great efficiency, while others took more of an agricultural approach. I’m almost certain I saw bags being closed with the assistance of a person sat on top of the case, zips straining against the jumbled possessions!
Final thorough room inspections followed, with checks under mattresses, beds and a microscopic assessment of the (hopefully) mud free carpet). Each dorm needed to work together to meet the high standards set and get the all clear to start the days activity.
The drama of search and rescue saw one group set out on a mission to save a downed pilot in the woods. After an intelligence briefing laid out the vital information, each member of the group was armed with a walkie-talkie and tasked with finding clues about the location of the fallen plane. Using their Intercom skills, as well as teamwork, each group found parts of the craft that been had scattered around the forest, all of which led them to location of the pilot.
An initial check revealed the airman had received several injuries in the impact. The teams applied their first aid knowledge, applying splints to broken limbs and mounting the patient onto a stretcher, before carrying the pilot to safety.
Our last Laches lunch gave us a chance to reminisce our personal favourite moments of the week.
All that remained was to load the coach with our luggage, before boarding ourselves and heading home for a well earned rest.