Camp adventures for 1st Kexborough and 21st Castleford


On 8th August, 17 girls and 6 leaders from 1st Kexborough and 21st Castleford set off for a week of fun in the sun on their camp. Oh and what a week in the sun it was!

The girls arrived early Monday morning and were waved off by their families for the week. When they arrived at camp in Prestatyn they were greeted by the owners of the camp. They soon settled in, made their beds, and unpacked their things ready for the week ahead. After lunch, the girls enjoyed being introduced to the weeks theme – ‘A Jungle Jamboree’. They learned the camp songs and listened to the stories followed by some crafts. In the evening, all of the leaders and girls gathered around a campfire and had marshmallows and sung songs in true camp style!

Tuesday morning soon came around and off the girls went into Rhyl to visit the aquarium. The girls loved being able to touch Starfish and Anemones and even watched the seal show. The girls then enjoyed lunch on the beach, making the most of the lovely weather, before heading back to camp for more devotional time where the girls made papier mache animal money banks.

On Wednesday morning the girls couldn’t contain their excitement as 2 extra leaders and their well-loved chaplain and minister were coming to spend the day with the group! Once they had arrived, the group got on the bus to spend the day Rhyl lake where they had a train ride and explored a nature trail around the lake too. After lunch, the girls tried their hand at crabbing. A few caught some crabs and some of the girls caught shrimps too! Once back at camp, the groups’ visitors left and the girls finished off their papier mache animals.

Thursday was soon here and the girls had an opportunity to go shopping in Rhyl. Shopping is tiring work so soon after, met all together an ice cream before heading back. After dinner, the girls had some time to play on the fantastic playground equipment on site then we all had a walk down to the beach. The girls had a blast and even managed to get some of the leaders to dip their toes in the sea! After tea, the girls sung the songs from the week and had some short devotion time with crafts before the groups’ traditional talent show. There were lots of entries but the winner was a member who wrote and performed a poem about GB camp. The last night had arrived! The girls were tired but excited for the last day and to be going home to see their families.

Friday morning meant tidying up! Suitcases packed, beds stripped and dorms swept, they made a great team, working together to leave the place spotless! After breakfast, the group set off home, stopping at Blakemere Village for lunch and a play. Onwards then to home where they got to see their families and the leaders got a well-earned rest! What a fantastic week it was!

Read the talent show-winning poem written by n:counta member Eloise:

Bright and early Monday morning,

don’t be late was the warning.

Heading off to summer camp,

take a jacket, might be damp.

This year we are going to Wales,

a long way from the Yorkshire Dales.

Parents give a tearful wave,

as we zoom off with driver Dave.

One poor girl was travel sick,

tried hard not to take the mick.

The journey there was very warm,

we arrived and chose our dorm.

Crafts, games and lots of fun,

learn about God in the sun.

Midweek trip to go swimming,

hot chocolates as the light was dimming.

An evening snack of home baking,

off to sleep just as day is breaking.

Leaders help our faith to grow,

finished camp with a talent show!

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