Life’s a beach with the Renegades!
“After a summer of exams being cancelled followed by more exams and tests than you can shake a stick at, our Year 11 teenagers were ready to let off a nuclear reactor’s worth of steam”, says Group Leader Gareth Miller, “so we have organised a number of day trips for them while everyone else is still in school”.
So far outings to visit Tate Modern by train, tube and boat Brighton (twice!) West Wittering and the Science Museum in London by minibus have proved extremely popular and were all chosen by the members themselves.
“The teenagers particularly loved Brighton because it is such a young and lively city, with the beach and the independent shops so we’ve had to make more than one trip there. I think swimming in the warm sea and the water pistols on the beach helped…” laughs Gareth.
But the younger members who are yet to break up have not been left out either, with expeditions to try and temporarily dam a stream and to the woods to do some combat training. And, following the huge success of the first post lockdown camp, Gareth and fellow Group Leader Damian Dixon put on a film night and BBQ, with a sleepover in tents.
“We have also managed to lay our hands on a two-seater off-road buggy so the kids were taken for rides around the field – the squeals of laughter must have brought out the whole neighbourhood! It was just lovely to hear,” says Gareth.
Plans for the summer do not end there…there will be another long weekend camp plus a weekend away rock climbing and that’s on top of all of the usual nightly activities like archery, carpentry and cookery.
“We are trying to raise money for some canoes as the members have told us that they would love to be able to kayak on Sunday mornings. We currently have two canoes but, as our membership has now mushroomed to more than 60, we need a lot more and a trailer to transport them! Any help would be gratefully received,” pleads Gareth.
The Renegades is a Registered Charity. Membership costs £10 a month. Please contact Gareth Miller on 07801 862550 or Damian Dixon on 07484 130189 if you want any further information.
Membership costs £10 a month. Please contact Gareth Miller on 07801 862550 or Damian Dixon on 07484 130189 if you want any further information.