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Bumbags, beaches and bananas!

This summer, Kids Kabin hosted Oscar Solis, a volunteer from York University as he completed a six-week Leadership in Action project as a Laidlaw Scholar. Oscar is studying for an MSc in Natural Sciences, specialising in neuroscience, and through its network, The Laidlaw Foundation aims to develop the next generation of ethical leaders. This is a blog post by Oscar following his time with us.

This summer, Kids Kabin Middlesbrough brought its young members to the beautiful fishing village of Seahouses in Northumberland for a two night retreat.

The retreat was packed full of fun activities and the children were really keen to get stuck into all of them.

Upon arriving, they decorated their very own bumbags which were very useful throughout the trip. The bags were used to pack a yummy lunch, including sandwiches made by children themselves.

The following morning, the entire group has a leisurely stroll around Alnwick Garden, which included playing on oversized wooden swings and having a water gun competition.

One of the children said: “I liked how there were so many different things to do in the garden. It was really fun to be pusedh on the swings.”

In the afternoon, the children took advantage of the beautiful weather by dipping their toes in the local beach. Another child said, “I liked being buried in the sand, but I really hated getting sand over all my stuff!”

Finally, to wrap off the day after a dinner of fish and chips by the port, the children made their own dessert - individual banoffee pies and oat and banana cookies.

One of Kids Kabin volunteers, Monica, said: “I’m glad to see the children enjoy themselves, even after a long day.”

The banoffee pies were a success, with the children bringing samples back home for their families to taste. The cookies, however, were an acquired taste, with one child simply frowning after trying it.

Needless to say, the children and the Kids Kabin Middlesbrough team thoroughly enjoyed their time at Seahouses!

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