A summer camp round-up


Despite the disappointing weather, we've been so pleased to hear that many groups still ventured out on residentials and camps this summer.

3rd Hornchurch went on their first-ever camp in July. They took 21 girls aged 6 to 15 and stayed in a lodge at Thriftwood Scout Camp. The camp was only 15 minutes from home and was a great venue for their first camp as it wasn’t too far from home for those spending their first nights away from family. It was close enough that some children could even join just for the day.

There was no need for worry as every child tried new activities from climbing to zip line, problem-solving to pedal cars, and the older girls took a ‘leap of faith’.

Leader Emma says, ‘The shock on some of the girls’ faces when they realised what they had achieved was fantastic. The feedback from parents has also been wonderful; they have spoken about how the girls have grown over the weekend, from helping around the house to taking more responsibility for getting dressed. Bring on next year!’

They also joined the rest of the campsite for a big campfire and their church vicar and District Chaplain joined them for the evening. The overall theme of the camp was ‘How we can be Superheroes in our lives’, linked to the Fruits of the Spirit.

2nd Bath and 1st Charlton Kings GB groups joined together for a camp this summer where they spent a wonderful five days at Weymouth. They visited the Sealife Centre, Nothe Fort, a swimming pool, a funfair, and a putting green as well as swimming in the sea and taking part in lots of crafts and walking.

The rain didn’t dampen 3rd Ryde’s fun at camp. They braved the waves, found Zog at Moors Valley, rode the train, and had lots of other adventures.

8th Portsmouth Girls’ Brigade members and leaders had a great time at their camp/staycation in Eastney, Portsmouth, recently! Activities included going to the park, visiting the Model Village, crabbing, fairground rides on South Parade Pier, visiting Portsmouth City Museum, swimming, balloon modelling, a bounce party, festival afternoon, and much, much, more! Staying local also meant they were able to welcome their under-8s as day visitors so they could also enjoy taking part.

67th Birmingham had their residential at Blackwell Adventure in Bromsgrove. They stayed at Manor House and had five days of fun and activities.

1st Redditch had a fabulous week away on their camp in Dyffryn, North Wales with 1st Redditch Boys’ Brigade, their minister and her husband. They enjoyed trips to the beach, paddleboarding, a scavenger hunt, crab fishing, water games, an I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here activity, a quiz, a neon-themed silent disco night, and much more!

Their devotion theme for the week was linked to the Women’s Football World Cup, where they discussed themes such as rules and regulations and the 10 commandments, understanding that being picked first or for a team isn’t a priority for God, and about how Christians work as different parts of the same team.

We love hearing about GB groups and the great times they’ve been having together. If your GB group has been doing something exciting this summer, or even have something planned for the new term, let us know.

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