1948 – 2016
In the post war years, camps for boys sprung up all over the country but none for the girls. Our Camp founder, Dorothy Hinks set about to change this by having a Camp for girls. In 1947, she gathered together a few girls and a few young women as leaders and headed off to Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset for 10 days. This was a trial for a year.
The Camp became popular with further interest shown for Camp the following year and thus, in 1948, the first Camps for Girls was held. We believe it to be the oldest ongoing Christian girls’ Camp in the country, although we are willing to be told otherwise!
Camp half a century ago was very different from what it is today, with the girls then shelling peas for the cooks to use for supper and collecting milk from a nearby farm. Competitions took place on the beach for the best sandy Bible verse. A far cry from today’s adventures on the high ropes in the activity centre.
Although Camp may have changed, one thing that has not altered is the reason behind Camp. Today’s leaders, as yesterdays, believe that Jesus, the Son of God, is the same yesterday, today and forever. There is one way by which a person may be reconciled to God; through Christ Jesus. By repenting of my sin and making the risen Christ the Lord of my life, I become a Christian with eternal life.