What an amazing time we had at this year’s annual summer camp, despite the heavy downpours.
Young people, support staff and volunteers spent a fun-packed week at Woodlands Scout Camp in Almondsbury, on the outskirts of Bristol. It was like one big reunion for those who have returned every year since the project started in 2010, but it was also great to meet new faces.
Amongst the on-site activities everyone could take part in were; high and low ropes, crate stacking, the leap of faith, go-karting, climbing and abseiling. Unfortunately the heavy rain, thunder and lightning abruptly halted the fun on Sunday when the climbing tower had to be evacuated for safety reasons!
We also made off-site trips to Elm Tree Farm and Splinters wood workshop in Stapleton. Making planters at Lawrence Weston Community Farm was a resounding success, and a trip to Fired Up, a ceramics workshop in Pucklechurch, was as popular as always.
A rather wet and muddy Friday was spent pushing ourselves round the assault course; some youngsters even chose to complete it several times!
The week drew to a conclusion with yet more water, although this was not what Mother Nature inflicted. On this occasion, it was the It's a Knockout event and, as usual, everyone within range got completely soaked and covered in foam, courtesy of the week’s highlight; a foam cannon. To round things off we donned our dancing shoes for the disco and live DJ, compliments of Neil Pfister.
Once again, the week-long camp was a great success! I'd like to say thank you to everyone who helped organise it, our dedicated staff and volunteers, and more importantly the young people who attended and gave it their all. It was incredible to witness the displays of courage in achieving and combating personal worries and fears.
There is no doubt that next year will again bring much fun and laughter, personal challenges, and liberating freedom. Brandon Trust encourages everyone to reach for their dreams and live a life with fewer limitations.
See you all next year!