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Cranham Camping May 2019

Max Appeal 22q Family Camping & Adventure Weekend

cuppa teaOn Friday 3rd May Max Appeal families came together once again for our much loved youth weekend in Cranham, Gloucester.

Returning families once again came together like long lost friends and welcomed into the group our first timers, following our usual pattern the Friday was about setting up camp and getting to explore our surroundings before a much needed group meal in the indoor centre. Following on from this our very own resident DJ Ryan entertained the troops with a disco whilst the parents grabbed a chance to talk and share experiences. For those who have never experienced camp we once again had access to indoor sleeping bunks along with our own camping field so that we are able to cater for all requirements.
Saturday morning as always started with a hearty cooked breakfast made by the wonderful Shelly Turpin who once again excelled all weekend ensuring that breakfast, lunch and dinner went without a hitch. With bellies full we embarked on a full day of activities which included amongst other things Grass Sledging, Archery, wall traversing, shooting, arts and crafts, shelter and fire building. If this wasn't enough we enjoyed the delights of a camp fire get together with BBQ. Again for those who have never attended camp the camp fire is a must see event with traditional singing along with toasted marsh mellows and a BBQ guaranteed to fill the hungriest of bellies. Thank you as always to our BBQ king Aaron.
Sunday FunSunday was spent down by the river building a dam and completing the assault course, as always the parents tried their best to keep out of the water but failed yet again as the dam was so successful the water came to us, during the afternoon those who still had energy left tried axe throwing and explored the camp further.
The following photo taken on the Sunday says everything about the weekend and how relaxing and fun the weekend was
missing friendsMonday is always the hardest as we spend the morning packing up and saying good bye to the our newly made friends, it gets tougher each year and the tears once again stared flowing as the Max Appeal flag was lowered and we prepared to leave camp.

This year we were missing some regulars due to health issues and our families wanted to send a message that we were thinking of them and wished them well, in particular we sent a message to Clare to support her battle against breast cancer and to let her know that we want her with us at the 2020 camp.

2020 Youth Weekend

Once we invite members to keep an eye out for news about the 2020 camps, we hope to announce the date shortly so keep checking on the website and on Facebook and prepare for another fantastic weekend.