by David Meiklejohn.
Junior camp '98 ran from the 4th to the 11th of July. We had a fairly full camp
and our missionaries were from Nigeria: Dan and Hanna Pochy. They brought two
of their children with them, Zumnan and Makwa, who came along as campers.
Here's what happened each day of the week:
The days were very full. Here's a typical schedule for a day without a full
- 8.00 - Camp Rise
- 8.25 - Camp Book
- 8.50 - Stretch and Bends
- 9.00 - Breakfast
- 9.30 - Cabin Cleanup
- 10.00 - Bible Lesson
- 10.45 - Hand Craft & Games
- 12.15 - Missions
- 1.00 - Lunch
- 1.30 - Camp Books & Tuck Shop
- 2.15 - Afternoon Activity
- 5.00 - Cleanup & Camp Book
- 5.15 - Dinner
- 5.45 - Tuck Shop
- 6.15 - Team Games
- 7.15 - Prepare for Meeting
- 7.45 - Prayer Meeting
- 8.00 - Night Meeting
- 9.15 - Supper
- 9.45 - Ready for Bed
- 10.00 - Devotions
- 10.30 - Lights out
On the Sunday we had a fairly relaxed day, using the time to prepare for Crazy
World. Each dorm had to have a theme for themselves, and had to display three
of the following: national dress, national anthem, flag, game, description.
Themes included Rainbow World, Glitter World, Guy Land and Grubber World.
Claire's dorm were the Land of Nod (what a surprise). Here they are outside
after the competition.
On Monday we went to Blairdrummond Safari Park. We went on the pedal boats and
the flying fox ride, took a look around the animals, saw the sealion show and
drove around the enclosures (one for general animals and one for the lions).
Wednesday, as always, was sports day. Unfortunately it was a bit wet, but that
didn't stop the kids enjoying the games, especially throwing the wet sponge at
their chosen target and the water fight at the end (followed by hot showers, of
On Thursday we went to Culzean Castle, down near Ayr. Some took the guided tour
around the castle, which was very good, with lots of glimpses of what life was
like a few hundred years ago. We then took a walk around to the swan pond,
where they had an adventure playground and an area suitable for football (well,
it was about a 45 degree slope, but it was grassy). We stopped off at the
Electric Brae, a stretch of road where downhill looks uphill and uphill looks
The kids were very tired by the time we came back.
Friday was our day for a trip into Paisley. This mostly involved visiting
umpteen sports and clothes shops, eating at McDonalds and trying to keep your
allotted children within eye and ear shot. Another essential for Friday was to
stock up on food and drink for the midnight feast.
After dinner, and a game of hunt the leader, we had party games. Some of the
boys had bought some red hair dye in Paisley, and now sported bright red hair.
We played 12345, the mars bar game, Lazarus arise and ducking for marshmallows
After the party games, and a lot of hair washing, we had our meeting, then the
camp fire. Ten children professed to having accepted salvation during the week.
After the fire, we got changed for bed and got ready for the midnight feast.
Once again, Angus emerged as the fluffy bunny (maximum number of marshmallows in
the mouth) champion, outperforming everyone else by a fair amount.
Saturday was time to leave. Rooms were cleaned, toilets and showers cleaned out
and all the kids taken home at ten o'clock. At three the next group arrived for
the start of another week of camp.