We’ve arrived!

We have finally made it to Prestatyn, to be welcomed by the classic Welsh weather – lots of rain. Though the weather may be wet, our spirits are not dampened and we’re all looking forward to the week.

Everyone has found their belongings and located their tent, now we’re just settling in. Next up is bingo this afternoon.

Stay tuned for a full update of the day later from C.O. Rhi.

Tick List Time

Not long now, this Saturday Belmont & Carey Youth Camp returns. I am so excited to get back under the marquee for another great week, which is well deserved for all of us.

Just a quick message to ensure you have done/are aware of the below:

Children 11 and over will need to take a lateral flow test at home on Friday. Results to be sent to Warren via text message.

Order your camp photo online (£5 each) if you would like one.

Transfer pocket money into the camp bank for your child to use whilst at camp.

Hand in any medicines to our First Aid Team at the bag drop on Friday.

Drop your camp bag at Carey Church at 7pm on Friday.

Meet at Carey Baptist Church at 6.30am on Saturday morning. We aim to leave at 7am.

We look forward to seeing you all soon,

Warren, Rhiannon and Martin

Friday 30th July at 6.30pm – Parents Zoom Meeting – Important News

On Friday 30th July at 6.30pm, we will be hosting a virtual parents evening in preparation for our youth camp in August. The purpose of this meeting is to share the final plans & decision regarding camp this year, children are also welcome to join this call but it will mainly be aimed at parents/guardians. You should of received the zoom details, if not please contact us.

If camp can safely go ahead there will be many useful things we will share in this session, including: 

  • Location & Site 
  • Bag drop plan 
  • Coach pick up and return times 
  • Weekly planned activities 
  • Children’s Tents & who they are sharing with 
  • The Squads & their members 
  • Items to pack 
  • Camp’s Covid precaut​ions 
  • Plus other useful information and hints 

A pdf version of the normal camp booklet will be sent prior to this meeting.

Hope to see you there.

From; Warren, Rhi & Martin 

Parents Evening Will Be Online this year!

As life slowly returns to some sort of normality. Under the current Government roadmap Belmont & Carey Camp 2021 can currently go ahead. Like always, this plan is under constant review and will depend on guidance from the government and advice from the National Youth Agency, Boys Brigade, Girls’ Association. 

Our normal parents evening will be on the 30th July – this will be online (details and times to be shared nearer the time).

At this meeting, the children and parents can find out; 

Can camp happen
News new and what’s changing
Who is in their squads & tents
Day Trip and Programme Plans
Pick Up and Drop Off Times
A section for Q&A

Of course the safety of our campers and staff is always our main priority. So while we understand the 30th July is only 2 weeks prior to camp, this delay will allow us to make a more realistic choice and maximise the possibility to run safe and viable camping holiday.

We have over 30 children signed up, and hopefully you are excited about a well-deserved summer holiday with us.

However, it is understandable that you may be feeling unsure about them camping this summer. If this is the case, or anything in this email causes you any concerns, please do raise any issues with any of the camp organisers as soon as possible. 

  

We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. 

Warren, Rhiannon & Martin. 

Location Change For 2021

Today we have an update on this year’s Belmont & Carey Camp 2021; the location of this year’s camp is changing to Prestatyn, North Wales.

Click here to see photos of the site;
http://www.prestatyncampsite.co.uk/gallery-2/

We are so excited to be returning to Prestatyn, especially as none of our current campers have been to this fab site. Many of our staff have been here and loved the site and facilities. Prestatyn is a Welsh seaside town located in Denbighshire. The campsite itself has a beautiful view of the Clwydian Range (a series of hills) and is only a ten minute walk from a long sandy beach, with shops and attractions also within walking distance. Denbighshire is a lovely area and we cannot wait to call it home for a week.

Prestatyn has the usual camp set-up including a marquee, ridge tents and showers; but it also has a brick-built games room and breakout area for us to use. These facilities are a first for us and we are very much looking forward to making the most of these areas, especially if the weather isn’t as nice as we hope it will be!

While the location may have changed, rest assured that the price, dates (14th to 21st August 2021) and planned fun have not been impacted.

Currently we have around thirty children attending but there are a few spaces available; if you know of any child that may be interested in attending please do ask their family to contact us.

The safety of our campers and staff is always our main priority. With this in mind we continue to monitor the regular updates from the government and will adapt accordingly if any changes arise. This is especially relevant in regards to the guidelines around social group gatherings & holiday restrictions.

As we write this, everything is looking positive that camp will be able to go ahead as planned.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times.

Best wishes,

Warren, Rhiannon & Martin

Camp 2021 Update

We just wanted to give a quick update regarding Camp 2021. Like every year the most important part of our planning is ensuring a safe environment for the children and our volunteers.  

The C.Os are starting to feel more positive that camp could return, but of course a lot can change over the coming weeks and months.

Pending the Government’s steer on what restrictions may or may not be in place come the summer, we are currently planning with the view that camp will take place in August.

Fingers crossed

Please be assured that we will continue to monitor the situation and will update you as swiftly as possible, if this stance changes.

If you are concerned about your child or children attending camp, we will offer a full refund for any payments made for this year – just speak to a C.O and this can be arranged prior to 1st August.

If you or someone you know wishes to attend, please contact us as spaces are currently still available.

Further information will follow, but let’s hope come the summer we can be back under canvas and together again.

God bless

Warren, Rhiannon & Martin

Camp 2020 Cancelled

Don’t worry we will be back (bigger and better) next year. The dates for next year are 14th to 21st August and we will be returning to our site in Beeston Regis, Norfolk.

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak the camp organisers have been in constant discussions with each other, while monitoring the situation closely, and it is with great sadness that we inform you that Belmont & Carey Youth Camp will now not be taking place this year. We have made this difficult decision due to the uncertainty regarding UK holidays, rules regarding large group gatherings, and guidance on how events like these will need to handle social distancing. These factors mean that we feel it would be impossible to arrange all of these measures in such a short time.

We know your children will be disappointed, just like we are, but unfortunately this cannot be helped as the safety of our campers and staff is always our main priority.

We originally said we would wait until 5th July 2020 to make our final decision, but we felt it was better to share this information now. If rules and government guidance around large social gatherings are made clearer, we may try and run some adhoc Hemel based events over the summer and will keep you updated if these are possible.

For me personally, Camp was beginning to feel like a small beacon of light, but we hope you understand why we have made this decision, as running Camp would not be safe, sensible, or workable this year.

If you would like to discuss any of the above in more detail please do contact any of the Camp Organisers. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best wishes,

Warren, Rhiannon & Martin

Camp 2019 – Comments

14+

Kayleigh – This was my first year at camp and everyone was so kind and welcoming. I really enjoyed the camp concert, and even though this week has been the most exhausting week of my life, I’m definitely thinking about coming back.

Luca – This was my first camp and everyone was very welcoming. I am definitely going to come back again and hopefully do the wide game properly.

John – For my first year in the 14+ it was great, especially doing the wide game. It was so much fun and I had such a great time and that is why I have come for 6 years and will not stop.

Lucy – This was a great year of camp as usual, the day out was probably my favourite so far. I had a great time and I will definitely be back for my last year as a 14+ next year.

Ben – Once again camp lived up to the expectations being one of the best weeks of the year. The 14+ program was super fun and entertaining and my highlights of the week were the wide game and hunt the officer. I will be back again next year for my penultimate year of 14+.

Simon – Camp this year was great. I loved the site, and the square was in a good place. I enjoyed the day out – the water park was a good idea. I think that the longer time for hunt the officer was better too.

James – It was my final year as a camper this year. However, camp was Brilliant as it always is. I had an amazing squad that I was privileged to look after for a week that helped me win overall. I also had a great group of 14+ that made my final year memorable. Some noticeable moments for me this year was from being behind in sports (inter squad) to winning it in our final game. I also had an amazing wide game with a great group, although it took me 40+ minutes to find a monument. I then escaped 4 staff members to get into the square. I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and campers, and I’ll see you next year as a staff member.

Jess – I loved my last year as a camper, with personal highlights being the day out and inter-squad competitions. Felt so very much part of one big family and looking forward to joining the staff.

Robbie – It was a good year overall with lots to do at CYC. One of my favourite activities was the water park and the go-karting because I was allowed to drive super-fast. The wide game was as usual fantastic and the rule changes suited it well. Looking forward to my final year, in which I will finally get to lead a squad.

Hannah – I experience my first year of 14+. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. I also loved spending time with Sadie and Elizabeth

Seniors

Elizabeth – I had a great time at camp this year with an amazing squad. I can’t wait for next year!! I’ve made so many memories this year and I’m excited for our week in the isle of Wight.

Holly – I had an amazing time at camp this year. I had a good squad and camp concert was my highlight.

Fred – My highlight from this year was the camp concert as I always really enjoy it.

Dylan – My highlight of the week was when I won Super Squad with Squad B.

Nana – My highlight of the week was seeing old faces that I hadn’t seen in a while and new people coming to camp every year and the laughs and jokes I have with my friends!

Christopher – My highlight of the week was going to a new camp field for a new experience although still having loads of fun with friends.

Emily – I think this year camp was a great success. Loved everything about it. Would love to go back.

Charis – This year at camp was definitely a year to remember. Despite the rain, camp was a huge success and there was never a boring moment.

Juniors

Albert – I enjoyed inter-squad for its sporty touches and tweaks and I loved the meals that the cooks served. I loved being a junior because everyone was so welcoming.

Anna – This year was great, hunt the officer had good costumes and tuck was nice.

Edward – My camp highlight was winning hunt the officer.

Eloise – My highlight of the week was going to the beach for one of the juniors evening programs.

Nathan – My favourite part of camp was our last junior night #SO FUN

Moyo – My highlight of the week was the beach. I also enjoyed the game at the beach.

Kindergarten

Alex – My best bit of camp was going to Flambards because there were so many rides. My best ride was the up and down ride with mummy and Albie!

Corey – My best bit of camp was going on the Dino Express at Flambards, and the many games of peek-a-boo.

Staff

Kaylee – The highlight of camp for me was seeng the friends I know feel are family. This is one week of the year that my entire everything waits for. As we travel back home on the coach, my body is tired but my heart is full and my soul restored. Alex, Oscar and I are so thankful to everyone that has made this week an absolute joy!

Julia – I loved coming back to camp and feeling like I had never been away! Such lovely people. They all made transitioning into being a kindie parent easy, and I never felt left out once. Love you all!

Meg – This year at camp did not disappoint – there are many reasons why this is my favourite week of the year. Particular highlights for me included the “Camp News” segment each morning and the hunt the officer in the gorgeous St Ives. I miss everyone already

Rhi – I had a fantastic week back with my camp family this year. I’m always inspired by the dedication and teamwork of the staff and this year was no different! There was so much fun and laughter throughout the week. It’s time to get planning the next one now!

Sophie – This year at camp was my first year as a staff member and needless to say it was hard. However as always, my camp family made the transition as easy as possible and supported me throughout the entire thing. Even though my experience of camp was different this year it will still be missed just as much as it usually is.

Graeme – This years camp highlighted to me the family of the camp community. Each member with their own part to play and area to contribute. Together, an incredible team that have a great week. This year was such great fun with amazing games and entertainment. It remains a week I shall forever attend where I can.

Simon – My thoughts about this year? 500g of minced beef = 1 Handful. It was very nice to be back and contribute to the camp. NEED to sleep!

Caleb – I think this year was a success. Really loved how everyone pulls together to get things done. Would come back next year.

2019 Reflection

Camp 2019 is now over, we left the site about 3 hours ago (as i write this) and I am currently drifting in and out of sleep in the back of the minibus. What an absolutely wonderful week it was though. Firstly, I would like to say how lucky we are to have the ability to continue to run this camp; we are blessed to have so many children in our Church’s youth groups and are very lucky to have such dedicated staff volunteers. We had a total of 90 people on our site this year which just shows what a fantastic week it is, people always want to return the next year.

St Ives 2019, has been a special camp, the weather ranged from baking sun to intermittent storms and high winds. Regardless of the weather, however, we never let it stop the fun!!! Some of the great days included Hunt the Officer in the busy town (shout out to Martin who dressed as a 6 foot tall inflatable dinosaur), the wide game and emergency ten pin bowling (a last minute addition due to the weather), the day trip to flambards and of course the famous bingo! These all happened alongside the normal classics of intersports, camp concert and the almost daily beach trips. Then the success of the TOKENS!!!!!

But the real highlight for me was seeing two of our 14 plus complete their last year as campers (Jess & James); both of whom have been attending since they were juniors. Just seeing these two grow into wonderful young adults whilst being part of our Camp family for the last nine years is a real joy. Arguably the best part is that both have already asked to join the staff team for 2020 – the new generation of leaders to come maybe? Whatever happens, we’re sure they’ll be a fantastic addition to our team. It makes me believe that Belmont & Carey Youth Camp isn’t just an annual trip but more like a vocation, a way of life. Bless you all for being part of it.

Warren (24 years and still in)

Saturday – Homeward Bound

Current ETA 5.30pm

Instead of PT we finalised the last of our packing. We were greeted with a tasty breakfast of cereals and warm croissants with jam – a tasty way to start the weekend!

After a hectic couple of hours, we managed to pack up our coach and minibuses, and were all set to head home. But not before we were each given a Cornish pasty and some crisps and fruit for lunch on the journey! Certainly beats having a sandwich!

So far on this journey we’ve watched films, played games, and had naps. I think it’s safe to ay we are all absolutely knackered from the last week! And while none of us REALLY wants to leave camp, we’re all certainly looking forward to seeing our friends and family and being reunited with our own beds.

With an ETA of 17:30 back home, we’ve still got a few hours left to enjoy with our camp family, and I think I speak for all of us when I say I’m already counting down the days to next year’s camp.