The theme for our summer camp this year was taken from the Cafod LiveSimply campaign. A team of volunteer helpers lived on campus for a week with 47 youngsters, playing, praying and having fun while living out the principles of the three Ss of the campaign: living Simply, Sustainably and in Solidarity with the poor.
All the activities were planned with these principles in mind. The leaders ensured that all the resources they used were recycled or fairly traded goods. The food was, as far as possible, locally sourced. The tuckshop sold only FairTrade chocolates and locally grown fruit. The youngsters really entered into the spirit of the campaign, ensuring they didn't waste food, water or electricity and compared their lives with those of their peers in other parts of the world.
It was interesting for us to find at the end of the week that this was rated by the youngsters as the best camp ever! They all made pledges to try to live simply when they got home. Here are a few: