My week at Faith Camp 2016

I’ve just come back from my third year in a row at Faith Camp. We spent 5 days at Our Lady’s Homestead convent and retreat centre in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire, with young people from all over the Clifton Diocese.

Although this was my third year, it was going to be totally different and a bit scary because it would be the first year that me, Will and Maeve would be going to the “second week” which is for kids in years 7 to 10.

So with a bit of trepidation I set off, but as soon as I arrived, my nerves disappeared because I saw the familiar faces of Steven, Angela and Fr. Tom. I said goodbye to my mum and we spent the first evening doing icebreakers and getting to know each other.

Over the next 4 days, we did lots of fun activities like “ready, steady, cook”, a water fight, went swimming at the Oasis in Swindon, went ten pin bowling, toasted marshmallows on a camp fire, played lots of games but also had time to talk about our faith.

This year’s theme was “Mercy” because it’s the Year of Mercy and it was really interesting to hear from the leaders (Fr. Tom and Steven) about their faith, what it means to them and how they show mercy. It can be pretty difficult to show mercy when you’re at work or school, but that’s our challenge for this year!

Each day, we prepared for our final Mass on Friday lunchtime when all our families would join us and share in the memories from the week.

Everyone had a fab time but it would be great to see more kids from our own Parish come along. The food is fantastic (the cooks are amazing!) and even though we probably cause loads of noise and chaos to their peaceful home, the Nuns are always pleased to see us plus they make our beds!

Ewan Miller