I took part in NCS this summer, I gained a lot of experience from it and got to do loads of new and exciting things!
During week 1, we went camping, which was something that I had always wanted to do! During the whole week, we took part in activities such as: low ropes, high ropes, climbing walls, canoeing, raft building, expedition, artery, fire making, shelter making and loads of little games and activities to help us to get to know our team. We were in teams of about 15, you could make friend requests to have certain people in your group and I ended up with 4 people I knew in my group! The meals were actually really nice, although the toilets and showers weren't! The tents were in different camps, boys and girls, with about 6 people to a tent, in my tent, there were 5, 3 of which were friends from school. The couple of down sides to this week was it was very tiring and it did become challenging, having to constantly be doing something and very active, also, there wasn't much free time, we were always busy, which was sometimes okay, but every now and then, we needed a break!
Week 2 was probably my favourite, we stayed at a local university and we had our own rooms and a good shower! The activities we did were very fun, we had time to rest and sit down and we got to do loads of new things. This week was the week that we gained the most experience from! I got to go out of my comfort zone and try new things. Our group worked very good together, and together, we won a lot of tasks, one of which we all won a £10 voucher, for our local shopping centre! We got a bit more freedom and free time this week and I gained new skills which will really help throughout my entire life!
During week 3, we had to plan for our charity's fundraising. This week was very stressful, it involved a lot of patience and planning. We had to make sure nothing was breaking the law, we had to make sure we had permits, we had to make sure that the plan and idea for that certain day was near for everyone, we had to make sure we had permission and enough resources... overall, it was extremely stressful.
Week 4 was also quite fun, the best part of this week was every day was different hours, so sometimes, we could start in the afternoon, some was for only a few hours, some were nearer than others, so overall, some days were clearly better than others.
On the Monday, we did a graffiti piece for our charity in the morning, this was mainly done by my boyfriend, but also people from our team did small amounts.In the afternoon, we went to a local OAP home and played bingo with them. Although we didn't raise any money this day, we did raise awareness and did general nice things for the public.
On Tuesday, we did a cake sale in a bank called Halifax, this was a very successful day and we raised about £240!
On Wednesday, we were just bucket collecting, we raised about £65.
On Thursday, we did another cake sale, this time at our train station, this raised about £300.
On Friday, we had a family fun day at a college on their field. We had many stalls, such as : henna, face paint, tombola, book sale, naan break stall, cake stall, drink stall, leg waxing, throwing wet sponges and we also had a team member in a bear costume! This was the most fun day we had that week and I'm not too sure how much we raising this day.
Overall, NCS was very fun and was very good for new skills and memories, although I found it very difficult at times and challenging, I would definitely read into it if you're interested!
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Thank you for reading! Paige x
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