2018 - The Summer of Camping!


From 6-8th July, 26 young people went with the Crediton Methodist group to Spree Southwest at Shobrooke Park- this is the 4th year of our attending! Young people aged 12-17 joined in with all the usual fun put on by South West Youth Ministries and Urban Saints- inflatables, silent disco, laser tags, space hopper racing, SPREE’s got talent, millions of craft activities in the craft tent as well as joining in with 4 worship sessions over the weekend. This year, 10 of our young people joined in with the ‘Encounter’ worship venue for 15-17 year olds. This meant that their time at Spree included the opportunity to join in with seminars throughout the weekend, focusing in detail on aspects of the Christian faith, as well as being encouraged to give time to volunteer with stewarding activities for younger festival goers – which our young people did with great commitment and diligence- we were complimented on how great they had been throughout the weekend!

Later in the summer, from the 8th-10th August, we enjoyed 3 days camping at the beautiful Tawbottom Girlguiding campsite, between South Tawton and Sticklepath. It was a bit soggy as we set up, and as we packed down, and as we tried to light a campfire on the first evening…! Aside from this, we enjoyed just the right weather for walking, crafting and singing around the best campfire on the Thursday! We enjoyed baking each day – fresh bread and cakes, as well as getting everyone involved in preparing our meals, and a walk along the River Taw for a picnic – including a stop in Sticklepath for an ice-cream! 

John Turner taught us how to build a campfire that would last from 4pm -11pm on Thursday! We made the most of the afternoon crafting, cooking and eating around the campfire, and of course, a bit of marshmallow toasting and singing to round the evening off!

14 of us (including leaders) enjoyed the time away, and we hope we’ll be able to repeat it again next year!

The Ark Summer Outing to Fingle Bridge in July.

Paddling in the cold water of the River Teign (before Ann tripped over a boulder and ended up wet from the waist down!) Enjoying parachute games in the stunning setting of the valley beneath the gorge.