Petty Officer Tom Calderbank with his son Noah at King’s Camp in Helensburgh.
By Kim Hardie
THE CHILDREN of Naval Base workers recently took part in this year’s Kings Camp, participating in a vast range of sporting activities during their summer holidays.
The events are sponsored by Captain of the Base, Captain Elaine Boyd and ran from Monday 10 until Friday 21 July. The popular summer activity camps, receive funding from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and operated out of Lomond School Sports Hall, with over 160 kids passing through their doors over the two weeks.
Captain Boyd said: “Kings Camp is a wonderful opportunity for the children of our Armed Forces families and local community to be active and enjoy adventures. It was a joy to visit and see the children making new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. “
“My thanks to the Volunteers for their boundless energy and enthusiasm, and to the RNRMC for their generous support.”
The children aged between five and seventeen are given the opportunity to try new activities and pastimes which promote an active, healthy lifestyle, benefiting the children of Naval Base staff as well as local children for two weeks of the school holidays.
The camp provides a screen-free, active, and fun week, where children are grouped with others of a similar age, to participate in sports, learn new skills, make friends, and develop confidence.
Petty Officer Tom Calderbank who attended with his son Noah said: “I was only dropping Noah off at the camp; however, I’d been away for two weeks, and Noah missed me and didn’t want me to leave,”
“I had a great time joining in with the kids and I’m really impressed with the King’s Camp coaches who do a wonderful job, keeping the children entertained and interested in the activities on offer.”
Kings Camp are a leading provider of holiday sports and activity camps and as well as running Royal Navy camps and providing places for around 1,500 Royal Navy children this year, the company also run camps at 40 civilian locations across the UK, at which Royal Navy families can book for the same price as a Royal Navy Kings Camp.
Andrew Busby, the CEO of Kings Active Foundation said: “I was personally delighted to see Kings Camps return to Lomond School for two weeks this summer in what is our 10th year of providing our unique brand of sports and activity camps for Royal Navy families. Kings would like to thank Captain Elaine Boyd and Chief Petty Officer Murray Anderson for their time to attend camps, view some of our activity sessions and meet our outstanding Site Manager Becca.”
“We’d also like to thank the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Navy for their continuing support in the provision of our camps for Royal Navy families. We look forward to returning this October for another week of fun and activity!”
The Kings Camp kids with King’s Camp staff and Naval Base personnel.