Leather may be smacking willow and hay fever may be in overdrive, but the real harbinger of summer is the first Renegade camp of the year.
And what a camp it was! Thanks in no small part to the generosity of Henry Nicholls for the use of his field, the children had a lot more fun than they had sleep!
“The kids had a ball,” says Group Leader Gareth Miller. “We went collecting King Alfred cakes for fire lighting, went walking in the woods and made our own walking staffs, not to mention there was plenty of good, fresh food prepped by the parents whose help was deeply appreciated.
“But the highlights for the
were the manic trailer rides, which always go down a storm with the kids, and the giant water pistol fight with our own powerful Renegade water guns. There wasn’t a dry child in sight, but fortunately they drip dried in the sun!
“We had planned to do archery, canoeing and zip wiring but they had such a riot we ran out of time and – as usual – the second night’s sleep was very, very quiet.”
The Renegades have also been regularly on the water as the fleet of canoes are one of the most popular activities with the children.
“The kids have been capsizing the canoes as part of their competency and learning to be safe on the water. I had thought I’d have to persuade them to get into the canal water but nothing of the sort! We couldn’t get the canoes into the water fast enough for them to turn them over, shouting “again” “again” and racing back to the bank to begin again. Hysterical,” says Gareth.
“None of this is possible without the generous behaviour of the Wey & Arun Trust – we love them – and our very own Ric Davies, our canoeing star.”
The Renegades continues to be in need of a home, if anyone can help. “Ideally, we are looking for an existing building with a good amount of external space that we can refurbish, or a field where we can put up a green, off-grid building. If you have any ideas or thoughts, please get in touch with me on 07801862550.”
The Renegades is a Registered Charity. Membership costs £10 a month. Please contact Gareth Miller on 07801 862550 or Damian Dixon on 07484 130189 for further information.