The first ever diocesan Summer Camp for Down and Dromore this summer was a packed out success –packed out with young people and leaders and packed out with activities, new skills, fun and faith. Our 42 young people joined with 18 leaders for an adventure week to remember in the Church of Ireland Kilbroney Centre at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. We had canoeing, climbing, plunge pools, archery, team games, campfires, nightline, hunt the leader and glow stick games. We learnt some new skills in arts and crafts, baking, shelter building and campfire cooking, but also in leadership and teamwork. Each day we also spent time in ‘Bible Blast’ where we looked at what it means to be ‘called by name’ from Isaiah 45:3. This involved talks, discussion, worksheets, activities, prayer and worship songs and was complimented by late night room devotions in small groups.
Each evening we also ran a themed dinner so that we were able to try different types of food from different parts of the world –complete with leaders in fancy dress!
The week finished with a ‘Camp Review’ for parents and families with a souvenir video of the week to leave with.
Many thanks must go to all the leaders that gave up so much time to help at the camp and also for the partnership with the new Kilbroney management group. It is hoped that next year we will be able to run both junior and senior weeks of the camp. Watch this space!