Our church family camp started around twenty years ago as Boys’ Brigade Camp. We chose to take a small number of children to the West Midland BB owned camp site at Dyffryn Ardudwy, close to Barmouth in North Wales. The site is a field – with a small stream running alongside, a collection of white canvas tents and a marquee. A metal shed type building contained the toilets and cold running water for washing along side the kitchen and store house – two more sheds – for want of a better description – one with a freezer and one with a cooker and calor gas powered water heater. Everyone who came loved their time there – and so camp became a yearly event.
Twenty years later we now enjoy a hot shower in the morning in a beautiful brick built building, toilets including a disabled loo, there is even a radiator in there!!
The kitchen is fully equipped with cooker, water heater, freezer and hot running water from the tap – but the field, stream, tents and marquee are still there – replaced and updated over the years, but essentially still our camp.
When our Boys’ Brigade company at St. David’s had to close, no-one wanted to loose the close knit family feeling of camp, and so St. David’s Family Camp was born. We now take along around forty people, aged from two years to eighty two, for a week of fun, friendship and fellowship.
We enjoy visiting local attractions such as the slate mines, farm park, King Arthurs Labyrinth, The Precipice Walk and various other locations.
All in all, camp is an Fresh Expressions adventure, enjoyed not only by members of our own congregation, but friends from other local churches also.
Long may it continue…………………….