The story so far…
For seven years, Exmoor Youth Project has run an annual residential youth camp during the summer holidays.
In 2013, we had just 15 children and young people attend, with a team of four running the event. We then grew to 23 attending in 2014 with a team of six, and since then the camp has continued to grow with 46 attending last year and the largest team ever of nine.
We have had various help over the years. For the first three, the Mother’s Union cooked and delivered all our meals! We then moved to cooking ‘in-house’. We have also had numerous clergy visit us for the day, team from as far as West Sussex have come and a Youth Worker colleague from Bridgwater brings a group of young people from his church.
Each year we follow a different and exciting theme, such as: ‘I’m a Celebrity get me out of here’, Panto, Harry Potter, Cowboys & Indians and Superheroes. These run alongside a Biblical theme such as: The Fruits of the Spirit, The Christmas Story, Gideon and Heroes of the Bible.
We have two ‘Gatherings’ each day that include, prayer, worship songs, video clips, Bible readings/dramas, a short talk and discussion. The rest of the day is filled with all sorts of other activities, crafts, messy games, water games, live Cluedo, baking, candle-making, night games, inflatables and loads more.
New Venue for 2020
These camps have all taken place at some beautiful camping barns in Dulverton, but we are now so popular that we can no longer fit everyone in. Not a bad problem to have!
After much praying and looking for another suitable venue, we are pleased to announce that Summer Camp 2020 (1st – 5th August) will be taking place at a large community centre in High Bickington, just over the border in North Devon! This means that we will be moving from dormitories to tents, but we will have a huge amount more indoor space to use and a large playing field, woodland and campfire clearing too.
We are very excited about this new chapter for Exmoor Youth Camp, and would invite you to pray with us that the new venue works well for everything that we are hoping to do, that we have good weather and that lots of children and young people would book to come to the event. Above all we pray that we are able to share the love of God with everyone that comes along!
Jess James and Lynne Barton from Exmoor Youth Project