During 2015, children from The Salvation Army’s Anglia Division indulged in fun and inspiring outdoor pursuits and Christian fellowship at the ‘Big Adventure Camp’ - a residential multi-activity centre.
During their exhilarating mini break, 69 youngsters were treated to some go-karting, abseiling, shelter building, caving, climbing, bouldering, laser and a mini Olympics, as well as partaking in enriching Bible study sessions.
In a report to our ‘Salvationist’ magazine, Anglia Divisional Children's Officer Major Michelle Woodhouse wrote about the weekend’s Bible teaching, which followed different themes – including ‘Open Your Eyes – A vision For Transformed Living’, from ‘From Nothing to Something’, ‘Darkness To Light’, and ‘Earth to Heaven.’
Following the camp, parents told of their children's experience. One parent said: "My daughter's confidence has gone through the roof." Another said: "Fellowship, overcoming fears, paying attention to the rules, having fun, broadening the mind and learning independence."
"My son is about to start High School and is at a vulnerable age regarding attending The Salvation Army, and this weekend gave him the chance to reaffirm friendships and his faith. I am hoping this will support him over the coming year," said one of the parents.
The action-packed camp is just one of the many for children and young people - from a range of backgrounds - organised by The Salvation Army, giving children a holiday their parents may otherwise have not been able to afford.
From our early beginnings, we have worked to address the needs of children and families. We believe that intervention where needed at the beginning of family life will prevent serious problems later on. The camps offer children an opportunity to rest from the strains of sometimes difficult home lives. They provide a safe environment where children can develop their confidence, self-awareness and a bit of independence, as they learn to do things for themselves.