Today was our last full day in Scotland. We started off our day with climbing Arthur's Seat! The kids went right up to the top, Brenna and I went almost up to the top, and I can no longer feel my legs, but the view was beautiful.
We got back in time to get changed quickly and then we went to the closing ceremonies for AHSTF. Every school got a certificate of some sort but ours was quite special. For the past 14 months we've emphasized to the kids the importance of supporting each other, and we've grown our little family. The kids made friends everywhere they went, and were the first to cheer when another cast who was performing got on the bus before their show, or boarded the bus after their show. They gave standing ovations and words of encouragement everywhere. The tech team was able to give out awards, and they chose to give us "The Light at the End of the Tunnel award", for exploring, with original text, music, and sick-beats, difficult subject matter; and for always ending with a smile, reminding us to Begin Again". They told us they knew that when our kids were in the audience it was going to be a great show, as we were such a supportive audience. So sweet. It meant a lot to all of us.
After the ceremony and a quick lunch, we went on the bus to head to the Royal Mile to do the Escape Room! It was boys against girls (but the boys got the teachers) and we all had a great time. There was a missing piece in our room which was discouraging, but the girls did an awesome job and finished first, rescuing their diamond and getting out of the room successfully.
The rest of the afternoon and evening was free time to finish up shopping, spend time with new friends and pack. Sadly, the Canadian peeps (us and two schools from New Brunswick) all need to be on the bus to the airport at 4:30am. We are NOT looking forward to leaving nor the early hour. Some of the kids are staying up all night so they can sleep on the plane and turn themselves around. Hope it works for them!
Thank you for giving us your kids for the past 14 months. I know the hours have been long, and for some it has been very difficult to schedule in all the required activities. We had a brilliant trip and I know all 9 of the cast will be moving on to do great things, some at CI, some moving into their adult lives. We love them all and wish them all the best.