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Oakes News

New camp records, new property, new team members, a new training program and lots of other news in this edition of Oakes News!

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The Gardener’s Cottage

The Oakes has been blessed with many miracles over the last 19 years, but the recent purchase of the Gardener’s Cottage and accompanying land is one of the most extraordinary.

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Another Fantastic Year

Did we break the 2000 bookings figure this year? How was our Hollywood theme? Are the tunnels ready yet? Find out more in our latest camps update.

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Team Changes

It’s always sad to say goodbye to the gap-year team each September, but we were very pleased to welcome 14 new team members who have committed to spend up to a year with us.

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Residential Trainees

Since we believe residential ministry is so great, this year we are doing something very exciting – we have begun a scheme of further training!

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Supporting Camps

Without funding from supporters, The Oakes could not exist. This continues to be the case, even though our total number of campers has been steadily rising over recent years.

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An American Adventure

All Oakes team are volunteers and need to raise support to cover their living expenses. Last summer, Luke, Daisy and their children, Bethany (7), Caleb (5) and Micah (2), were based in California for three months on “Home Ministry Assignment” …

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Oakes News

Did we break the 2000 camper mark for the first time this year? What’s our summer theme going to be? Are the gates complete? How big is the team this year? When and who came on our first school residential? When’s the next Family Fun Day? Let’s find out …

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Gates Completed!

It is with great excitement that we can finally announce that The Oakes main gates are fully restored and back in place at the entrance to the centre.

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Bigger and Better

Did we break the 2000 camper mark for the first time this year? What was our Vikings summer like? What’s the next theme going to be? How’s progress going on the new tunnels activity?

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Schools: An Unexpected Journey

When the front doors of The Oakes opened for its very first summer of camps in July 2000 … we never dreamt that this would end up being predominantly through school groups.

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Fresh Faces …

This year, we have twelve new recruits: eight Brits, three Germans and one Venezuelan! … We’re pleased to welcome back some familiar faces, too!

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Oakes News

Hear about our latest Family Fun Day and take a trip down our work team memory lane. We also are getting very excited about our upcoming Vikings summer theme, and we’re changing the way we price our camps. And more!

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The Vikings are Coming!

Not since the first boats returned home to Scandinavia from their raid on Lindisfarne Island have people so looked forward to the coming of the Vikings!

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Camp Prices

After much deliberation and some experimentation with special offers, we’ve decided to try something new.

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New for 2016?

So far this year, we’ve constructed a gunge tank, allowing the “Camper of the Day” to unleash a deluge of colourful goo on a leader of their choice! Secondly, our new warm outdoor showers replace the cold hose we previously used to remove excess muck from mud-laden campers.

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Work Team Legacies

Work team fortnight has been a regular feature of The Oakes calendar since 2000. Sixteen years later it looks like its here to stay …

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A New Team Manager

“I would like to speak to you about my future,” I said, trying to be confident. “I have an opportunity to be the Team Manager at a Christian holiday centre in Sheffield. Therefore, I can’t confirm if I would be a full time teacher next year. Instead, I would be … resigning!” Gulp.

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Family Fun in the Sun

Over 300 people of all ages attended The Oakes on Saturday for our annual Family Fun Day! Despite the gloomy forecast, the sun prevailed and it turned out to be a glorious day in many ways.

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Website Reloaded!

We’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website!

It’s a completely new and fresh design, built from the bottom up with The Oakes in mind.

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