For a few weeks Tommy's Friday afternoons have involved watching kids light fires, put up tents, cook camp food and the like as part of the outdoor skills option of the student life programme. Some of the kids had their first camp out one weekend to put the skills to use. The idea of the Friday afternoons is to give them opportunity to do things they wouldn't otherwise get to do and a mixture of Academy staff and other crew are roped in to share their skills. Other students were able to learn dressmaking, vehicle mechanics and cheerleading.
Some pictures are on:
The next sessions being offered currently are cooking, photography, gardening and being a good neighbour (which is continuing to help paint a parsonage at the local church amongst other practical projects from what I understand).