In June we had a fantastic Transition Camp at Marrick Priory with 22 children! Every year we take Yr 6s from LS11 Kidz Klub and Yr 7s from Beeston Space away together. Camp is a really valuable time for children to have new experiences and to meet children who have recently made the transition from Primary School to High School, as well as an opportunity to meet the Space leaders (who lead the youth group that Kidz Klub children attend when they move to High School). Before the weekend we had concerns about the behaviour of a few of the children we were taking but, other than a few incidences, the children were great and all really enjoyed the weekend! The children took part in beck scrambling, low ropes, archery and the leap of faith. The children overcame fears and showed real determination in the activities (although there was a lot of hesitation and complaining about the outfits they were made to wear for the beck scrambling!).
New friendships were formed and it was a joy to see the children enjoying spending time together and encouraging each other. For many of the children who came on camp life at home is far from easy, it was such a privilege to spend more time with these precious children, to give them experiences they might otherwise not have, and to speak truth and hope into their lives. One of the girls said, “I’m so happy to be here”. The Kidz Klub children have already been excitedly talking about starting Space in September and coming on camp again next year! We will miss them when they go but we know that the relationships we’ve built with these children over the years will continue long after they leave Kidz Klub.