On Tuesday May 3rd Sam attended the Baltinglass Outdoor Education Centre with a group from his school.
We really weren’t sure how much of the day Sam would be physically able for and although we told him to give everything a try we did not think he would try so many of the activities and enjoy them.
I was a little, okay, quite concerned, about the fact that this would be a very physically challenging day. Around mid-day we received a number of photos of Sam in a kayak and doing archery. Our first response was one of denial, it couldn’t be him, he wouldn’t be able to climb into a kayak and not capsize. Not for a minute did we think he would get into a kayak never mind go out on water in it. He told us that when he couldn’t get back from the centre of the lake one of the Education Centre staff went out to him and brought him back.
Sam came home exhausted but very happy about his day out. Sam was allowed to enjoy his day out and to face new challenges. The team at Baltinglass made sure that he could try what he wanted to try. If I had travelled with the group I would have been too afraid of what might go wrong and would probably have discouraged him. That said his school mum, Fiona was with him so we knew he was in safe hands!
We are so grateful to the team at Baltinglass for allowing Sam to have a great day, to try new things and to be the ‘same’ as the other boys.