Good News Autumn Camp
Monday 25th October - Friday 29th October 2021

We are planning to hold Good News Autumn Camp as usual this year.
However, plans will be subject to the restrictions in place in Wales at the time.
Depending on what these restrictions are, it may be camp will be unable to run
when the time comes. Therefore, please use a brochure to register your intent
to come and we will keep you posted. We will not take an initial deposit this
year, but please note the costs of the camp as detailed in the brochure.
Download a brochure by clicking here

What Happens?

The location of the camp is at the Bryn-y-groes Centre, in Bala, a large country house with space for up to 70 to stay. Many activities are available on site: a gym, hard court for outdoor games, acres of space for other activities, a games room with pool, table tennis and table football, as well as organised events – some incredibly messy! In addition, there are a couple of excursions from the camp too!

Trips Trips out include swimming in a nearby leisure centre, an afternoon in Llangollen, and the highlight of the week... a trip to the beautiful city of Chester.
Bonfire One evening we have a bonfire where we can all chill and relax and have fun. After which, we have barbecued food: hot dogs, burgers, soup and drinks.
Gym Volley ball, hockey, basketball and many other games can be played in the gym. Even if you're not sporty you can have some fun by watching.
Mish Mash Mosh 'Mish mash mosh' is a series of mad games where we can have great fun. Short assault courses, team games and it can get a little messy too!!
Outdoor Sports There's plenty of space in the grounds to play rugby, rounders or any other sports on the grass and there's also a hard court for football.
Bookstall We have a bookstall set up all week so you can browse at your leisure and purchase books for a reasonably small cost. It is well worth a browse.
Bible Studies We have Bible studies during the week providing an opportunity to ask questions you may have within a small group. Don't be afraid to ask questions any other time too.
Maccy D On the journey to and from camp the coach makes a stop at MacDonald's for a treat. Please bring a few pounds so you can enjoy whatever you wish.
Pool & Table T On camp you will be able to play pool and table tennis, and for those who are competitive, we have competitions where the winner receives a great prize!!
Typical Camp Day Click hereto see what a typical camp day consists of. Simply a fun filled, enjoyment packed day from the time you get up to time you go to bed.

Where Is It?

Bryn-y-groes is a large country house standing in its own grounds offering comfortable and excellent facilities set in the glorious scenery of Snowdonia National Park.

Being situated on the edge of the town of Bala, a busy market town in North Wales with a rich history and many interesting shops and overlooking Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales, Bryn-y-groes is an ideal base for walking, sightseeing, cycling, climbing and water sports. There are castles, slate quarries, woollen mills, craft centres and much more within easy reach. Even the glorious west Wales coast is less than an hour away.

It is the perfect location if you wish to explore the Mary Jones Trail which follows the footsteps of a 15 year old Welsh girl who, in 1800, walked 26 miles to buy a Bible from Thomas Charles in Bala.

Transport to and from Bryn-y-groes (as well as two midweek trips) are all covered in the basic cost of the Good News Autumn Camp. Normally two or three different pick up locations are arranged for campers to catch the coach.

If you would like to read more about the Bryn-y-groes Centre, visit their website...

Who Can Go?

Anyone aged 10-18 years of age are more than welcome to come and join us on a camp which is filled with fun and fellowship we enjoy with each other.

How to Book: To book onto camp, simply download, print and complete the booking form (click here) and send it with your payment to: Good News Autumn Camp, 30 Springfield Road, Maesycwmmer, CF82 7QP.
After booking, you will receive a letter confirming your place on camp.
Please make cheques payable to: 'Good News Autumn Camp'. Each child must have a separate booking form. If you have more than one child attending camp, the costs are as follows:
1st child: £130.00 - 2nd child: £95.00 - 3rd child (plus any additional): £70.00 each.
If the cost is prohibitive for your child to come to camp, please firstly contact your church to find out if sponsorship or subsidy is available from them. If this is not applicable to you, please contact us to see if any discounts are available.
Bedding: Each child must bring bedding (sleeping bag & pillow case) or a charge of £6.00 will be made by the Centre for the use of their bedding.

Camp Rules: We intend to have a great week together that is enjoyable for everyone. For some, sharing the week with forty or so campers will be unusual, though that is part of what makes camp special. However, for camp to be safe and enjoyable for everyone there are standards and rules that all must willingly comply with:

Participation: It is expected that all campers will be involved in the daily programme of activities, including the daily Bible lessons.
Safety: All campers are required to follow the instructions of the group leaders during all the activities of the week.
Personal Conduct:
• Acceptable standards of behaviour are required,
• Under no circumstances are campers to enter the dormitories of campers of the opposite sex,
• Campers are not to enter the room of another camper unless invited,
• Acts of wilful damage to, or theft of, property belonging to other campers or the Centre will not be tolerated. The possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances is not permitted on camp.
Any breach of camp rules will be dealt with firmly and may result in expulsion from the Centre without refund of fees.
Running for nearly 40 years, the Good News Autumn Camp has seen hundreds of children enjoy an autumn half term away from home – and provided a nice break for hundreds of parents too! A cooperative work between several churches based in the South Wales Valleys, children from these areas – and others also – have gone away together for five days of games, fun, relaxation and teaching.

Most importantly is the true “Good News” aspect; an opportunity for young people to hear God’s Word explained in three morning meetings, and to discuss it for themselves in three evening Bible studies. The ministry is led by one of the Pastors from the churches involved. As well as this, there are opportunities during the week for questions to be asked, and a well-stocked bookstall always rewards browsing!

Churches Involved

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