A group of lucky young people went to PGL at Weymouth for a week long residential!
On the 21st August, the coach arrived at the YLF office and our group of young people and staff hopped aboard to head off on their week long adventure. They arrived at the PGL centre in Weymouth just in time to unpack before dinner and then spent the evening settling in to their allocated rooms, getting to know each other and their surroundings.
After an early start the following day, the young people and staff headed off for a packed day of activities, which started with building their own rafts and sailing them, and in the afternoon, playing Aeroball and climbing Jacobs ladder.
That evening, young people spent the time chilling with friends, before heading back to their rooms to get much needed rest as not a lot of sleep happened on the first night!
Another early start and young people and staff headed off for archery, orienteering and fencing, before finishing the day off with the 3G swing which involved young people swinging through the air at a great height! That evening, the group headed off to a disco held by PGL.
After breakfast on Thursday, it was time to head to the water again for the Dragon Boat race, and our team won one of the races! Then in the afternoon, it was time to be blindfolded and experience the sensory trail, which involved team work and helping each other out, before heading for a more relaxed activity of walking along the beach. That evening was spent around the campfire, singing songs, toasting marshmallows and sharing stories about the days activities.
The last day came all too soon, but there were still activities to enjoy before going home, these being rifle shooting and abseiling. There was time for lunch before packing up, getting on the coach and heading home. Spirits were still high on the way home, and young people chatted and sang most of the way!
This is what young people said about their week long adventure:
“ I loved everything”
“ Trying new things helped me to build confidence”
“The best thing was meeting new friends and seeing old friends”
“ I learnt to try new things and conquered my fear of heights”
A huge thank you to the Freemasonry in the Province of East Kent for funding this residential which gave young people the opportunity to have new experiences, learn new skills, make new friends and meet up with old friends, all of which will build the confidence and self-esteem of these young people.
A huge thank you too, to Maidstone Lions whose funding provided the transport for all the young people and staff.