‘Brillious, ‘an amazing journey of awesomeness’ and ‘ the best time of my life.’

Well it has been a very busy summer here at Siblings Together with all the planning and preparing for our two fantastic sibling camps, which were this year held in the stunning surrounds of the Lakes District. The weather was extremely kind, with barely a drop of rain and plenty of warm sunshine. Perfect for all the fun activities on offer!

Across the fortnight, approximately 50 children and young people got to spend some precious and fun-filled time with their siblings, making memories to treasure forever. Days were spent kayaking, sailing, lake swimming, rock climbing, bush craft, campfire singing and even a night camping under the stars for those who were feeling adventurous!

The evenings were filled with art activities, music workshops and the chance for everyone to create their all-important scrapbooks, filled with photos of themselves and their siblings - a tangible memento of their time together, recorded forever. I think over the fortnight we had over 3000 photos printed – the local developers were extremely grateful for our custom!  

Each evening we gathered together for our ‘Roses and Thorns’ time, providing an opportunity for everyone to reflect on and share some of the highlights of their day as well as any little niggles or worries.  One of the most cited ‘Roses’ for the young people was “being able to spend time with my siblings.”  

On the last night of each camp there was much laughter and hilarity as the young people, volunteers and staff put on a brilliant ‘Siblings Got Talent’ show.  It was amazing to see just how much confidence many of the children had gained throughout the week and how incredibly talented they all are.

Siblings Together is extremely fortunate to have the support of many volunteers around the country who make the most beautiful hand-made quilts and fabulous home-baked cakes to give to our young people as a memento of camp. It was so lovely to see the look of surprise and wonder on many of the children’s faces as they received their very own patchwork quilt and each sibling group got to blow out the birthday candles together on a wonderful cake created especially for them.

All in all, everyone had a fantastic time, with children describing camp as ‘Brillious, ‘an amazing journey of awesomeness’ and ‘ the best time of my life.’

Whilst it’s difficult to put into words just what coming to one of our camp means to siblings who are separated by care, here is how one young person summed it up:

“The whole week has been a ‘Rose’……… because I’ve spent it with my sister.”