SUMMER FUN FOR NAVAL BASE KIDS AT KINGS CAMP

The Kings Camp kids with Naval Base personnel and Kings Camp staff.

By Lucy Ashton

THE CHILDREN of Naval Base workers have recently taken part in this year’s Kings Camp, in partnership with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), participating in a huge range of sporting activities during their summer holidays.

From July 12 to 30, the popular summer activity camps operated out of Lomond School Sports Hall with up to 100 kids passing through their doors each week to make new friends and take part in past-times designed to promote an active, healthy lifestyle.

Sponsored by RNRMC and Captain of the Base, Captain Nick Gibbons, with grants provided by the RNRMC, the event provides a wide range of sports and activities for children aged 5 to 17 over the three weeks.

A week on campus is a great way to have fun and one of the highlights for the children is taking part in the famous Wet Wednesday. For the older kids aged 15 to 17 there is the Rookie Programme which guides them through a Sports Leadership Award where they learn how to coach and be a young leader through practical, hands on activities.

“I always look forward to Kings Camp taking place at Lomond School,” said Chief Petty Officer Murray Anderson, who helped organise the event.  “I love the energy from all the kids and it’s clear from the outset all kids and staff alike thoroughly enjoy themselves. An example to us all. Full credit to all RNRMC Activity Camps staff!”

Kings Camp run summer camps and school holiday camps at 48 locations across the UK and have run an activity camp for the children of Naval Base workers for a number of years now.

The company is a leading provider of holiday sports and activity day camps for children and works closely with Naval Service communities.

“COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 Kings Camps in partnership with the RNRMC, so it was particularly pleasing to see the camps return this year to support the Clyde Community,” said Commander Stuart Currie, Base Executive Officer.

“It is a testament to the planning and organisation skills of CPO Anderson and the Kings Camp team that the 2021 Camp went so well but it also demonstrates the resilience of our youngsters.  The children all enjoyed themselves in a safe and stimulating environment which, at the end of the day, is all that really matters.”

 

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