Yellow Braces

YB06 notices.jpgThis weekend saw our annual Diocesan Youth Camp, ‘Yellow Braces’, happening at Hill End in Oxfordshire. It was an awesome event and I’m SOOOO tired but muchly encouraged. We had 60 teens, a team of 21 and 8 older teens on a trainee leadership programme. It was a full on weekend and not without its complexities but it came together well and the effects of living in Christian community made a great impact on the young people, it was so cool to see the barriers breaking down and young people being drawn in to the ‘family’ that the camp is. I had to wear a pair of yellow braces all weekend (something I’ve managed to avoid up until now) and the collective humour involving Emo Elmo, strange hats and rousing chorus’s of “Morning has Broken” were ………. well, you had to be there!
The Water balloon volleyball was hotly contested, the pool was freezing but enjoyed, the worship rocked, the international doggy paddle race was splashing and the activities went well. Oh and we also took part in “The beat goes on” campaign with Christian Aid making an extrodinary amount of noise in a world-record-simultaneous-drumming gig to keep the ‘Justice’ message on the political agenda.
If any of the team are reading this, THANK YOU, It was a privilige to be on a team with you 🙂
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5 Replies to “Yellow Braces”

  1. Sounds like you had a great time. I’m a former Hill End inmate and remember it well – starting off as an attendee on a school trip and later as Chaplain at a Church weekend.
    You’ve not experienced cold until you’ve been swimming in that pool in the middle of October!! I’m convinced there’s an ice generator at one end.
    Glad you had a good time – we’re off for our Summer Camp in two weeks, and you’ve got me really looking forward to it now.

  2. It was a great time, thank you for inviting me to be a part of it and for the privilege of speaking, although I think although the first night I slept very badly Saturday night I actually slept better than I did having come home, the joys of babies in the house!

  3. 😀 Thanks to Simon, Julie, Stuart and Sasquatch for some awesome worship and Simo for the talky bits.
    First camp I’ve been on that’s gone without a major technical hitch 😀

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