The pressure on me to get a report up is once again reaching fever pitch, so I better crank something out. First of all, may I offer you one of the greatest songs ever written, by Cromie Robert and Niall McCune. You can either download it or play it by clicking below:[audio:http://www.shallwesingasongforyou.co.uk/audio/CromieRobert-Termonfeckin.mp3]
You really could just listen to that song to find out what happened during the week! I suppose I’ll expand on it slightly. On Saturday we arrived, got the tents up and had ‘icebreakers’ which involved you being told to go round and talk to people! The Lord’s Day was wet. Between hearing ‘preachers from Kobe and KILraughts’ a few of us ended up in Norman and Nancy’s bungalow for food and drink – with ice of course! Great! The Cullybackey lads spent the time explaining to me the difference between Deadly Dave and Dangerous Dave and other such subtleties.
On Monday we had the first talk (well, those aged 12-16 were deemed too stupid and so were given their own activities – no need!) and seminars. Seminars are definitely a good idea. At Castlewellan they had discussion groups which were also good, but seminars are better I think – why not have both?! The first football of the week took place on Monday afternoon, where we played with some local lads. On Tuesday the football suffered as a lot of people either went to Dublin or played golf – Not Happy! We did get some West v. the rest fitted in though (an easy victory for the West of course!) and then some h’s and v’s in the rain when the golfers returned.
Some of the best times during the week were had in the evening activities for the young people, superbly organised by young McKelvo (ahead of his introduction to polite society in September) and Abigail. On the Saturday we played a few lesser games, which soon gave way to Switch If, for about 2 hours. Brilliant!
The next evening it was ‘The RP Summer so far’ with people speaking about camps and GO teams – great stuff, really encouraging! Other evening activities included a psalm sing and a triple 18th birthday party with duck, duck, goose and pass the parcel and other great games!
The talks and seminars continued as normal in the mornings, with football in the afternoons. On Wednesday evening we had “You will be my witnesses” where we heard people speaking about gospel work in Galway (Billy Hamilton), Poland (Elizabeth Wright), Nantes (Amy – with hand signals!), Japan, the Army (Stan Copeland) and Romania (GO Relief). It was another really encouraging evening, great to hear all the different stuff going on! (Even if Galway only gave out 5,000 magazine things rather than the 50,000 Ganzer would have you believe!)
Usually when people talk about rat-infested camp sites at such events they are joking, but at Termonfeckin there were actually a few rats about. Young Chip the Elder woke up one night to see one in his 9-man tent, and shouted out “A rat!”. Speaking to reporters the next morning he said “It was the biggest rat I ever saw!”.
On Thursday evening it was time for what was formerly known as the concert, but as of Senior Camp 2006 has become known as ‘An Audience with Robert Cromie’. The highlight, of course, was the above song. Then on Friday evening, after a 3-hour worship service (!) we had an ice cream social and sang Psalm 121 under ‘the moon by night’ as we thought of our foreign visitors departing the next morning.
General Photos: (Thanks to mutli bebo-ers!)
Young Ali finished up Castlewellan on top of his car. 2 years later, the car had changed but that’s about it!
The photos above are all from the last day, when Joel reckoned I needed to get some snaps. The match was East v the Rest (well, West and North!). Winning comfortably 3-1, we conceded 2 duff late goals for them to force penalties. I took videos of a few pens, but they were all duff! Joel at least managed to score:
Really should have videod myself
An Audience with Robert Cromie The Concert:
Graham’s cornflake box torch gets a special mention as the funniest non-Cromie moment of the concert! And I rather liked me and housemate Jonny’s easy-chanting after Bob McFarland easily beat Rich Ganz in a joke telling contest (for once the Ganzer had nothing to say!). Speaking of people called Graham, GMO turned up!
So that was Termonfeckin! Rich’s talks will be up on rpc.org in a month’s time as CAVE want to sell more CDs. Incidentally, did anyone manage to fill in the blank on page 4 of the handbook? “Finally, Ephesians in a nutshell is..” A book? Hard to read? (As would anything be if it was in a nutshell!). Seriously though, Rich was only speaking on the church out of Ephesians, not on Ephesians as a whole – beats me anyway!
Now what about this for a bit of good news – the powers that be at Castlewellan have come back to the committee and said that they might be able to fit us in in 2 years’ time after all! Great! The committee are apparently seeing which is cheaper but please let common sense prevail and let Castlewellan 2008 be held at Castlewellan!! And no matter where it’s held, get Stuart Olyott to speak at it!