Shine Camp 2012

3rd August 2012

This was our third annual summer camping trip for our members and their families.

We booked an amazing events field in Dorset which meant that we had a beautiful and private area in which to camp. Turning a field into a perfect camp took a bit of organising though, from an amazing marquee in case of wet weather to posh toilets and Olympic games for the children it all came together really well and we had a great time.


The trip started on the Friday, with around 30 people pitching their tents and exploring the great surroundings. We had woodland to explore and a camp-fire to light and spent our first night under the stars around the camp-fire sharing a buffet dinner.Image

On the Saturday more people arrived to join us for the Shine Mini-Olympics and the evening BBQ, again around the camp-fire and with the bonus of some great weather!




ImageAfter the brilliant BBQ (with plenty of salad and veggie kebabs!) the ‘disco bus’ put in an appearance and kept us entertained with music and disco lights (and lets not mention the Karaoke!)


ImageAt some point in the morning Emma whipped up a batch of bacon sandwiches for everyone on camp which went down nicely sitting outside in the sunshine!

Image(Still in her PJ’s!!!)

Sunday was a great chill out day with a few people leaving to get ready for work on Monday (boo) but the rest of us stayed one more night and enjoyed finishing off all of the leftover food and drink from the weekend and catching up on our suntans!

ImageThis was a great camp and a brilliant chance to meet some new members who came a long for the BBQ on Saturday.

Thank you to everyone that helped with the planning and organising over the weekend (and the washing up!) and a big thank you to anyone who has been involved in fundraising which allows us to provide this great opportunity for young people affected by cancer to get together and chat, to escape from their normal lives for a few days and to make new friends.

I’ll leave with a quote from one of the members who came along for the weekend:

“I have had the best time ever! There are some amazing people here and it’s really great to be able to have a good old chat about things with people who really get it! Thank you so much for organising it”

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