This past weekend Go4it! and our families from Beddau went on a lovely, action packed, fun weekend stay at Trecco Bay holiday resort, Porthcawl. We left on Friday evening after school and returned Sunday midday. It’s safe to say we all had a brilliant time!
Around midday Friday the Go4it! team of Richard, Rhona and volunteers Kieron and Rebecca headed off to Trecco Bay, with two car loads of equipment, food and a positive attitude to make this weekend brilliant for our families! We checked in, got the caravans ready for everyone to arrive and waited patiently with a lovely cup of tea!
The bus picked our excited families up just outside Bryn Celynnog School in the middle of Beddau at 4:30pm. It’s safe to say everyone couldn’t wait to go but we were lucky not to lose anyone before we’d even left! The school were also going away but on a ski trip, at the same time and there were lots of people waving their children off, Laura who had gone to meet our families joked that they had swapped buses and were going to Germany instead!! Luckily they hadn’t and were finally on their way to the rest of us at Trecco Bay!
5:30pm a big bus pulled into Trecco Bay car park with 27 excited children and 20 equally excited parents! We all said our hellos and off they went to get settled into their caravans. We met again at 6:30pm for a Geocaching tour of the campsite; we were worried that it might be trickier in the dark but if anything it added to the experience. At the end there was a surprise visit from Freckle the frog too which the children adored!! Then it was free time for everyone to do as they pleased. We had provided the families with a chicken pasta recipe and ingredients for them to cook for their evening meal, it went down superbly!
We met at 9:30 Saturday morning for a relaxing Yoga session. Everyone participated and some of the parents loved it so much that two asked to do more and were eager to join a club once they return home! Most of the children participated and enjoyed but were most excited for making our lunch; Healthy Wraps.
Families had fun together making healthy wraps for their picnic lunch on the beach! Kids and adults alike enjoyed making their wraps colourful by choosing a selection of vegetables such as peppers, carrots, cucumber or tomato, to add to their ham or cheese wrap. It was great to see the children enjoy eating what they had made and also to see them trying new foods – such as pesto or hummus!
Once we finished our wraps it was off to the beach!! We didn’t get the sun of Spain but Costa Del Porthcawl was good enough for us, it was as if the sun knew we were going and needed it, as soon as we arrived out it came! It was a good thing that it did because what we hadn’t anticipated or even thought of was the Sea and where the tide would be, unfortunately for us it was in, but there was still plenty of room to play catch, parachute games and search for interesting rocks. We had our lunch in the sun, looking out to the sea, it was delightful and I think everyone needed that time to relax and enjoy each others company.
After the beach it was more free time for the families to enjoy Porthcawl and the facilities available at Trecco Bay, many of them took the opportunity to go Swimming or play football. There was a cooking challenge for them to do in the evening; we gave each family a set amount of money for them to buy and cook their own healthy meal, we asked them to take a picture of the meal as the winner would get a prize!
The Go4it! team spent most of our evening in the entertainment centre and we mingled with some of the families who had the same idea as us. At one point Richard and Rebecca got dragged up to the dance floor by some of the children to dance with them, it was a great evening and a very fun day all round!
On the Sunday; our last day of action camp, we had lots of fun making a healthy breakfast all together. We made our own muesli with oats, sultanas, dried apricots and a variety of seeds, topped off with a selection of fresh fruit. Not only did this fun activity offer new skills, such as weighing, chopping, stirring and following a recipe, it also encouraged kids to try new foods such as seeds. Everyone loved making and eating their breakfast and some Mums said they were keen to try making it again at home!
It was also one of the children’s 6th birthday today so we surprised him with a card signed by everyone on camp and a cake that the children got to enjoy with the birthday boy, he was a very happy lad!
After breakfast the families had a few more hours to enjoy the park before heading home. We met for 12pm to wave them goodbye. I think everyone was a very disappointed to be leaving and heading home, it was such a fun weekend, nobody wanted it to end. Then is was time to say our goodbyes, we waved the families off and that was that, Go4it! Action Camp 2017 Trecco Bay… Done.
What the families thought?
The feedback we’ve had has been amazing; with 8/10 being the lowest rating we’ve received for how much the family enjoyed the action camp. Most of the families highlighted the “cooking, beach and spending quality family” time together as their favourite things about the weekend. It is safe to say the weekend was a huge success and we would definitely do it again and would go back to Trecco Bay again as they were very helpful throughout our stay.