Groundwork South Yorkshire has been delivering the National Citizen Service programme in Sheffield for over two years. With over 230 teenagers joining us for a summer of fun, friends and volunteering, Summer 2015 has been our best year yet.
We will be posting a series of stories about the project, including interviews with the participants and staff. However, to kick things off, we headed up to Carlton Lodge in Thirsk to meet 86 of the young people enjoying the first week of the programme.
The staff at Carlton Lodge stop at nothing to make sure the teens challenge themselves. Not content with the on-site indoor climbing wall, the teams are whisked off to nearby National Trust site Brimham Rocks to really put their skills to the test!
These guys are about to brave an abseil down the rock face but they look remarkably calm!
Any good adventurer knows that learning to light a fire is essential if you’re out in the wild. Our teams take part in an intensive bushcraft course in a tiny clearing hidden deep in the forest, accessed only by secret wooden walkways.
These are just a couple of the activities that Groundwork NCS participants tackle during week one of the trip. Stay tuned for more NCS insider tours including kayaking, rafting, dry-stone walling and the much-feared (very, very high!) zipline.
But just before you go, we asked around to find out the verdict for this week. The result?!