Physically and Spiritually Challenged at Voyager Camp

On the afternoon of Thursday, 24 September a group of 45 students, under the stewardship of Reverend Gareth Walters, and staff of Adventure Specialties set off on the two-hour bus trip to Finlay Park, Cambridge to take part in this year’s Voyager Camp.

The first full day (Friday) began with breakfast at 7.30am followed by worship in the camp’s Chapel. This consisted of lusty singing and an inspiring talk by our resident guest speaker, Matt Stott of Soul Tour who focused on anxiety and stress. At 9.45am we headed out for the day’s outdoor activities, opting for white water rafting, caving, kayaking or rock climbing. Late afternoon we all joined in for a swim, spa and a game of touch rugby. The evening saw us back in the Chapel with more singing and another inspiring talk by Matt.

The next day the programme was repeated, though this time we opted for outdoor activities that we hadn’t experienced the day before.

On the Sunday morning, bleary-eyed (beginning of Daylight Savings) we tackled the clean-up of the campsite and then attended a Holy Communion Service to bring our camp to a close. After a quick bite of lunch we clambered into the buses, most of us falling asleep on the two-hour trip home.

It was a truly life-changing three days. We were challenged physically, but more importantly, spiritually. It is an experience not to be missed.

Courtney Varney