|YOUTH CLUB 2007|
Auchencairn Youth Club has been had a busy 2006-07 season.
Besides our regular Thursday evening meetings a few trips have been enjoyed, including visits to Speedkart in Dumfries and Laserquest in Carlisle.
TRIP TO LOCH LOMOND - EASTER 2007
Thanks to an extremely generous grant procured through Provident Financial in conjunction with Scottish Youth Hostels Association, the Youth Club had a fantastic two days of activities at Loch Lomond in the first week of the Easter holidays for the princely sum of £5 per head!
17 members and three adult helpers arrived at Balloch youth hostel – a fantastic old manor house – on the evening of 2nd April in glorious sunshine which persisted for the rest of the trip. Food was all laid on, and although not much sleep was had, everyone set off the next morning in good time for the first days activities under the watchful eye of the “Can You Experience” outdoor activities team. We were split into two groups and treated to a day of canoeing and hiking.
Everyone had a great day although one member in typical teenage fashion did comment that the hike was “a long way just to see a Big Puddle” (translates as glorious views over Loch Lomond)!
That evening, although tired, there was enough horsing around and bedtime snacking to wear everyone out properly before bed. Next day saw us cycling in the vicinity of Balloch Castle as one group, and although there were casualties, everyone had a great time. Before setting off, the instructor did say we had to cycle in single file till we got there and there were to be “no stunts”. Ross quipped “listening Finlay and Lewis ???”.
On hearing that the instructor went and got a disclaimer form for me to sign!
After picnic lunch an afternoon of team building activities, including constructing a raft, kept everyone’s brains working.
We set off for home at about 4.30pm only to sit on the M8 for an hour and a half! Chips at a service station urgently required after that.
The youth club members had a great time and behaved impeccably and I for one am extremely proud of them all, they were a pleasure to be with.
Special thanks to Yvonne for finding out about the Provident grant which amounted to £100 per person – thanks Provident for a fantastic scheme! Also to Phoebe Marshall and Andy Wilson who helped supervise and repeatedly tell everyone to get to sleep! Finally to “Can You Experience” and SYHA for co-ordinating things perfectly and making the whole experience hitch-free.