Senior Camp 2010 – Part 2

14 Jul

We all met up for a BBQ at the foot of the Mountains before heading back to Armagh in time to watch the Netherlands vs. Uruguay game. The girls were also treated that night to a ‘Pamper Night’ in the Lecture Theatre while some just stayed in the Common Room to play some games.

Tom and Ruth

Camp was going ahead at usual lightspeed as it was Wednesday already, by mid-week of Camp, it was evident that some tiredness was setting in. However, we were spending another day on-site doing a mysteriously named ‘Old Time Carnival’ in the afternoon. It was Robert Robb’s finest hour as he had invented a series of different tasks and challenges (that went IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION).  Chip’s Coconut Shy, Mary’s Brainteasers, John’s Sponge Throw and Robert’s Shooting Range were just a few of the tasks, a particular highlight for me included seeing Aaron Bell scalp the Currie’s car with a golf ball while trying to aim for some thing two feet in front of him. Oh yes, another highlight was my team winning… :)

After the Carnival was over, there was quite a bit of free time to use before Dinner so some went to raid Sainsbury’s, others played Football and the usual crowd gathered for an intense game of Volleyball to work up an appetite.

That night was the now traditional ‘Holy Night’ of Camp where we had two seminars on Homosexuality and Euthanasia, dealt with by John George and Nigel Agnew. Both were thought provoking and provided us Campers with a greater knowledge of these subjects which can often be taboo words. (Also Evie and Mark nearly burst out laughing in the middle of one…guess which?!) A time for questions was allowed and then most rushed off for a quick supper and down to watch the recorded Spain vs. Germany Semi Final and others headed off for a walk and back to the Common Room, and then Wednesday was over…

Andy Mo and Carnival Pete

Joel practising some 'Seductive Eating' techniques

Both made their token appearances during the Week

Fair play to Andy Carmichael, took a few for the team here!

Skills

Bun and his Coconuts

Taking his anger out on the Committee

On the way to Sainsbury's...

The two 'responsible' ones on the Walk

Ben looking oddly cheery?!

Slug experiencing some difficulty

On Thursday we again packed up into Buses and headed off for the relatively unknown and remote Todd’s Leap, however we were assured that we would have a ‘Muddy Marvellous’ time so the mood on the Bus was of excitement and anticipation. Some were a bit tired by this stage in the week so some people slept or stuck the iPod in, (though 5 Star continued) and we eventually reached our location.

After spending far too long sitting in a shed doing an exercise which Peter Loughridge stated that ‘he might find useful for Boys Discovery Camp’, we eventually got into doing the various activities around the centre. The range included Archery, a big blow up Water Slide, Paintballing and Blindfold Driving, in fairness to the crazy woman in charge, the theme tunes did add some thing to the afternoon, especially when seeing Cromie Robert’s dance moves to our team’s tune, ‘Barbie Girl’.

Todd’s Leap turned into a pretty good adventure for Camp, every one enjoyed themselves and the activites were decent craic. My favourite bit was the truck ride to the Archey Range!  There was some controversy however as the grand prize of going for a ride in some big car was given to clearly the worst team. And after a big group photo, we were all shipped back to Armagh again.

Ali G with his Hareem

Getting ready for the big Slide

Hayley had just let one go...

Skills Junior

Traditional Party Boys, Stevie and Mark led the show on Thursday evening as an un-precedented change in Senior Camp’s schedule meant that the Concert was moved forward a day (apparently to give people more time to prepare for the Concert?). It seemed the jury was still out on this decision, however, most just embraced the change and worked up a sweat on the dancefloor. Before the party, the boys were harshly reprimanded for their immodesty throughout the week so it seemed that shorts were forbidden for the party. You also probably heard that I was dragged off to a Wedding Party so I actually missed it, but I was reliably informed that Steve did a good job and a lot of “Oh!”ing was done.

Stevie leading the way

Andrew Harvey pulled out another quality T-Shirt!

Clearly singing 'Boys, Boys, Boys' all week didn't put them off...

And so Friday rolled around the corner, the week had flew by, and after our final talk, we looked forward to a day of good activites in good weather. Friday afternoon brought every one’s favourite activity, Competitive Sports, where each team had to excel at Football, Tennis, Bucketball and Volleyball to earn the right to be called Champions. It’s always a good afternoon and things generally aren’t too competitive which meant it was even better than expected. I always love this about Camp, combining two of my favourite things, friends/good company and Sport, looking round and seeing every one enjoying themselves after a week of close fellowship always makes me realise how special Camp is for all involved. (Of course the McKelvey brothers arriving was also a highlight!)

After the official programme was finished, we launched into more Sport as games of Football and Volleyball continued long into the afternoon as others left to practise their routines for the Concert. After we came in, we had our last Evening Meal served up by the cullinary geniuses of Stanley and Ruth who had done a fantastic job all week and we are in for some seriously good food at the next few Camps if they started as they mean to go on! A big thank you to Stanley and Ruth for all their hard work during the week.

Bun and Mark getting phscyed for the Afternoon

Stanley and Ruth, best newcomers to Camp!

Gavin makesafunnyfacewell

We got some Spinnies in before Friday Lunch too

Excitement was building for the Games

Alice showing off her Paintball Battle Scars

Weird Head Massager thing!

And so the Games began...

A big well done to Mary who organised the Afternoon!

Robert and Lorna

Great action shot of Strob

Calvin's Forfeit

Pete claimed the bragging rights from the Afternoon!

And so, it came to the climax of Camp, the Friday evening activity, the legendary Senior Camp concert, with Joel and Steelo the hosts, who knew what crazy theme they would decide to use this year…

Minutes later, two highly fake tanned men were standing in front of us blowing their Vuvuzela’s and speaking in what sounded like a geordie accent, I knew it would be a good night from then on. The crowd enjoyed a good range of Concert acts that night, musical talents were displayed from Rachel Throne and Gareth McFarland, ‘Mall Favourites’ Chris Hughes, Michael Hamilton and Mark Armstrong tried to break some records, King Agabubu made an appearance and Jonny read a poem in the usual style of Frances McCollum.

My favourites however were Ali Rolleston and Cromie performing a wonderful duet with a tribute to Pete Fallows in there; as well as the game of Mr and Mrs, including the Robbs, the Curries, Andy Morrison and Erin McCollum and Brenna ‘Cheeky Face’ McEwen and Hayley ‘Duck Pond’ Rolleston.

All in all, it turned into a decent concert with a few good laughs here and there. A big thanks must go to the Committee who made it such a special week and also to Robert and Lynn Robb who saw out their 3 year tenure as Camp Leaders, a good job done by both and they can now relax as we all look forward to the Herron’s who will be next years.

Joel and Steelo

Lean on Them

Mr and Mrs Winners

Trinity CY need some one to love them....any one?

Anselm and Brendan

He did regret one line....

Warren the Concert Winner!

On the last night walk, I struggled to think how quickly the week had flown by, reunited with many good friends, making new ones, learning loads, having such good craic. To be honest I think a second week would have been amazing, but it did have to come to an end, and after the ‘SEE YEEE’S’ on Saturday Morning, I knew that this Camp was well and truly over. So many good memories to cherish, this Blog report sadly can’t contain them all.

My verse of the week was Psalm 27:13-14 which we sang at Worship on Friday evening, and I shall leave you with this:

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!

Saying Goodbyes

Sad to be leaving

We made up in the end...

Offering a last bit of Cheesecake around

On the Bus Home

Bravo Senior Camp. Over and Out.

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6 Responses to “Senior Camp 2010 – Part 2”

  1. Hannah July 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    ‘token appearance’?!I was there for half the week!

  2. Ali July 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Yes, your token appearance. Even you yourself talk about this?! Out of the three available weeks you could have been at Senior Camp, how much have you been at?

    P.S I know you do not plan your Family Holidays so don’t see this as a nag in your direction!

  3. Ben July 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Good report Ali

  4. Andy July 15, 2010 at 12:52 am #

    Good work Ali

  5. Andy McK July 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Good stuff Ali – great to hear what happened the rest of the week. Makes me wish I’d been there even more. And thanks for your very generous inclusion of myself and the bro in the blog…luv ya!!

  6. Brendan July 16, 2010 at 2:30 am #

    You neglected to mention how many friends you lost by putting shaving foam in their hair! Ah only joking, that was good fun. Well done on the report Ali!

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