HI DE HI CAMP HOMELANDS
12 students packed their rucksacks and tents and set up camp on the Beeches Road at Homelands elderly peoples home. The students put up their own tents and cooked their meals on open fires. They undertook a range of challenges which involved the creation of scarecrows for the local allotments and an ‘it’s a knockout competition’. The sun shone and the residents (though a number have limited mobility) came and sat on the grass and shared meals and memories together. Everyone enjoyed a large breakfast – the toast and cereal was endless! As it got dark a camp fire was lit and everyone shared hot chocolate, marshmallows and camp songs. One of the 85 year old residents gave a very heartfelt thanks and said the camp had made a massive difference to his life – to share the three days with the students, seeing them enjoying themselves and hearing the laughter, when he would ordinarily be looking at four walls had meant so much to him. The students enjoyed it so much they wanted to stay for the weekend. The project is an excellent example of intergenerational work at its best – providing opportunities for young and old alike in an environment where the caring ethos of the Academy staff and students really made a difference in the local community.