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Cranham Youth Camp Max Appeal 2017.

Image: artwork_medium.jpgIt was that time of year again for new and old campers to meet up at Cranham Scout camp in Gloucester. We had a full and varied programme planned for the weekend with plenty of willing helpers to ensure everything went smoothly and to ensure the children and young people attending had a fun time.

As usual the weather was kind to us and it was lovely to spend most of the weekend outside enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

The children enjoyed many of the regular activities, including archery, riffles, bush craft, grass sledging, climbing, the challenge course and dam building as well trying out some new things. This year we welcomed local artist Julie Kingscott who held a relaxing and inspiring art session. The outputs from the children were amazing.

Image: 266050200_medium.jpgThe Mum's had a relaxing time too with Kelly Tripp directing an excellent crochet and knitting class in the field and enjoying the sunny afternoon.

Everyone enjoyed the annual BBQ and camp fire sing song, expertly led by Simon Lonsdale. We were all able to welcome Mark Tripp, Max Appeal Trustee and his weekend football pals back to join us after they celebrated Arsenal FC winning the FA Cup... Mark had even given up his cup final ticket to be at camp this year. We were all amused to hear the only TV they could find to watch the match meant gate crashing a local wedding party celebration!

As we sat around the campfire and benefited from a clear night sky some of us even managed to view the International Space Station as it passed overhead... thanks to more expert parent knowledge.

As always, we could not have organised this weekend without the support and help of many helpers and volunteer parents. Thank-you for helping to organise all the activities, keeping everyone fed and watered and all the things that go on behind the scenes to make these weekends so successful. Thank-you to all the children and young people who took part, who had a go at new things, who made new friendships and renewed old ones.
Do take a look at the Waddecar camp in July if you think your child / young person would like to give camp ago.

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Image: 151338972_medium.jpgMax appeal camp was exciting good fun and active.
I really enjoyed seeing my 22q friends I liked talking to them.
I liked doing all the activities. I look forward to going every year. Thank you for a great time.!

From Hannah

Image: 393760104_medium.jpgI think that this year camp was more relaxed and there was more fun activities like archery I really like Ted because he was funny and Steve was the best and Harry as well. I really enjoyed rifle shooting because the first time I didn't get all of the targets but on the second go I got all of them accept three shots and I really like grass sledging it was really fun. For the first time I slept in a hammock for two nights and I sometimes don't like it because my dad kept rocking me and annoying me. The food was really excellent as usual.
From Daniel.

Image: leah48170108_medium.jpgLeah trying Archery