... and all other military cliches...
What better way to sign off the end of the season, and to get the lads away from playing Call of Duty, than to pit them against each other all morning in the woods, using military grade hardware in a series of Laser Wars, courtesy of Sabotage, located north of Aylesbury.
As the two factions started to gather, rumours abounded that Joseph, George and Rhys would have an "unfair advantage" given their involvement in the various local Cadets. Said rumours were quickly suppressed when it became clear the three of them had yet to progress past NAAFI stock-taking, parade ground marching and basic first aid.
Kitting up in camouflage fatigues, choosing their weapon of choice (automatic close range, semi-automatic medium range), and working out that the red team should wear the red arm bands and the blue team the blue arm bands, the boys were "soon" ready to be unleashed on the flora and fauna of Buckinghamshire. A series of closely fought matches then followed complete with smoke grenades and flash-bangs and the inevitable cries of "Chaaaaaaarrrrrrgggg...oh, you shot me" and "Whose side are y..." *BANG* "...oh, not mine then." After a short break for a cup of tea and a biscuit (see, those NAAFI skills are important), battle reconvened with the team playing Capture the Flag and finally taking turns to defuse a nuclear bomb... by shooting it repeatedly. Hmmm.... Improved tactical thinking resulted in some cunning military manoeuvres such as "let's try not to get shot"... and .... "we should work together", topped off by the brilliant "Lads.. lads... listen to me.... let's win this!". The spirit of Dad's Army has passed to a new generation.
A fabulous morning, glorious weather and a big thank you to everyone who turned up and to Mike for organising yet another fantastic event for the age-group! It's been an absolute pleasure to be with the boys this season... you're all brilliant young men, and we look forward to next season.