The annual St Mary’s Hall Boarders’ Camp was held last weekend and everyone was excited to be able to experience a memorable weekend together as we head towards the end of the year. The boarders packed their gear and walked down to the Hodder Pitch campsite on Friday afternoon. After settling into their tents, boarders enjoyed roasting marshmallows and relaxing around the camp fire, whilst some got straight into a cricket match. The camping party read ‘Parable of the Campfire’ before, for many of us, settling down to our first ever night camping.
The morning sun made for an early start to the day and boarders crawled out of their tents to the campfire to warm themselves before enjoying breakfast. Saturday was a day of brilliant sunshine, swimming in the Hodder River, a bird of prey demonstration, traditional sports day activities and finishing off with a BBQ and impromptu talent show – the highlight of the weekend. Fr Brendan (an old SMH pupil) cycled down to the camp to read and celebrate mass with us. The sun shone for the rest of the weekend and so, after a hearty Sunday lunch, we headed once again to the river to enjoy a couple of hours of swimming and relaxing and, most importantly, a wash!
The boarders were a credit to St Mary's Hall, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and threw themselves into what was one of the best Boarders' Camps I have ever experienced. Lots of fond memories have been made over the camp weekend and already many of the boarders are asking to camp out again. The views around the camp site were beautiful, there really is no better place in Lancashire to hold a safe and exclusive camp.
Report by Head of Boading at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall, Kirk Stokes.