Mr BIG arrives.

Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 30, 2010

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Varna,
Friday, August 20, 2010

Back to the sun and sand for day two of SC 2010. For those of us nursing tender skin it was an excercise in keeping children off the shoulders during swimming sessions and seeking out the sunshades whilst on the beach. The insects are really biting this year and the YT have a varied and interseting collection of bites- some of which are quite impressive.

Today we taught the children about the story of 'The Good Samaritan'. To add a little twist to our teaching we decided to act out the story: Shaun acted the Jewish man who was beaten up, Lauren as the Priest, Becki as the Levite, Peter as the Good Samaritan and Grace kept in character as the donkey! The children were very energetic and more tuned in to the story than they were yesterday. We also managed to close in a prayer with the children which they engaged with very well.

During the day we saw a real change in Djudji, a seven year old girl who is at SC for the second time. She has previously been very shy and would not talk to anyone apart from her older sister. However, throughout the day with love and attention she has really come out of her shell. Djudji joined in with the activities this afternoon and played on the swings with the leaders. She is a cheeky little girl, running around with her tongue out and always smiling. Her progress today has been amazing to watch and shows so strongly what love and attention can do.

We also had the arrival of Pete Cole, who attended Summer Camp 2009. Pete is a fantastic juggler and story teller and has a great connection with the children - he has a big heart for them and is full of good ideas for our teaching sessions.

We are settled in our routine now and it is surprising how tiring this kind of work can be. The kids can be very demanding, some of them have special needs and need to be looked after that little more carefully. Thankfully the hotel has a simple rough football pitch, volleyball court and basketball hoop so we can keep the older lads busy whilst the younger children enjoy the creative activities in our afternoon sessions.

More tomorrow...

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