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Oakes News

Johnny shares about God’s provision this year (why worry?), parents tell us about their Oakes camp experiences, and we reflect on 20 years since The Oakes property was purchased.

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Why Worry?

If last year was the year of seeing God provide financially … then this year is certainly the year of seeing God provide in terms of personnel … and then there’s the new activities too.

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Camps for Parents Too?

At the start of The Oakes, we knew about other centres who offered parent-child camps but we were not sure if they were right for us …

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20 Years of Blessings

As we reflect back on the last 20 years, it is hard to put into words our thanks and gratitude to God for His many blessings.

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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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