Adventure week whets appetite for activity return

Youth Cafe John Muir awards presented at St Mary's Church, Todmorden. From the left, back, Andrew Russell, Maxine Fleetwood, Brad Dixon, Angel Crossley, Luke Sutcliffe and Rev Jeanette Roberts and, front, Nathan Cockcroft, Kerry Hancock and Rachael Houghton. ''Not present were: Jemma Cooper, Jade Ashworth and Alyssia Hudson.''Pic by Bob Smith
Youth Cafe John Muir awards presented at St Mary's Church, Todmorden. From the left, back, Andrew Russell, Maxine Fleetwood, Brad Dixon, Angel Crossley, Luke Sutcliffe and Rev Jeanette Roberts and, front, Nathan Cockcroft, Kerry Hancock and Rachael Houghton. ''Not present were: Jemma Cooper, Jade Ashworth and Alyssia Hudson.''Pic by Bob Smith

TEN young people spent a week of adventure on the Isle of Mull in Scotland this summer.

The three boys and seven girls, all aged from 14 to 16, attend the Friday night Youth Caravan and Youth Cafe in the Crypt of St Mary’s church in Todmorden.

The residential adventure activity week was part of the youth project’s activity programme that aims to widen the horizons of young people hanging about in the town centre on a Friday night.

The residential activity week was held at the Camas Outdoor Centre, run by the Iona Community on the western tip of the Isle of Mull. The centre runs off grid, with no road access, using a wind turbine for a limited amount of electricity use.

The young people not only tried out a variety of outdoor activities like abseiling, kayaking, hiking and camping, they also learnt how to live a more simple community lifestyle without their mobiles, hair straightners and ipods.

As part of the week of activities, the young people undertook the John Muir Discovery Award, spending time reflecting on the wild places they were living in, discovering new plants and animals, and how they could be best conserved for others to enjoy.

The Youth Cafe project would like to thank the generous donations from Todmorden town council, Calderdale Community Foundation and Todmorden Lions club, without whom this trip would not have been possible. Also, thanks for the time given by the three volunteer youth leaders - Andrew Russell, Daniel Russell and Rev Jeanette Roberts.

The young people enjoyed the trip so much, that they are already actively planning fundraising events so that they can go again next year.

Some have even said they would like to volunteer to work at Camas for a summer once they are old enough.