From Saturday 29th May till Friday 4th June the Junior, Company and Senior Boys of the 1st Lye Company made a return to the much enjoyed Llandudno. Illife was able to book the same Church we have stayed in previously, as well as a mini-bus. There were a number of activities planned for each day.
The events of the camp
On the Saturday we spent from morning till afternoon travelling from the United Church in Lye to the Gloddaeth United Church in Llandudno. After unpacking luggage and supplies we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening in both the Church's games room - which included a pool table, air hockey table, football table and a TV with a games console - as well as heading out, primarily to visit the town's pier and its numerous arcades.
On the Sunday morning we were happy to join the Church's morning service, including escorting our Company Colours. In the afternoon most spent time at the beach while others went for a walk up the Great Orme.
In what was most likely the most tiring of the five days of the camp, Monday involved most of the Boys embarking on a 10 mile bike ride, which was estimated to take three hours for most riders to complete - many of us who had less recent cycling practice however felt the ride made Ben Nevis feel less of a challenge, on the other hand the downhill sections of the route were certainly enjoyed by all.
On the Tuesday morning we headed to the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines, where we went on an underground tour of the tunnels dug - and in recent decades unearthed - over 3,500 years ago. In the afternoon we spent around an hour in the recently refurbished Llandudno swimming baths.
Wednesday saw us spending over four hours in the always much-enjoyed town of Rhyl, where many of us visited shops, embarked in the seaside rides and played one another on the seafront Mini Golf course.
On the final full day - Thursday - we spent most of the day at the Llandudno John Nike Leisuresport Centre (atop a particularly steep road), where we held three different activities; first of all was sno-tubing which was a safe yet fun way to enjoy the centre's dry ski slope, secondly we each had two runs down the centre's 750 metre toboggan run, before finishing with a game on the centre's challenging Mini Golf course.
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