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Camp CoEJ Diaries-Boys Mentors- Day 2

Mentor Diary- Ali Jawaad Karim, Jupiter Mentor

Day two showed no mercy for the mentors. They were faced with the daunting task of waking up 36 youths at 3.00am after they had only slept for a maximum of 5hours the night before. As they sluggishly made their way through the derby country side to reach the sports hall to pray fajr, the heavens started to open and rain began to pour, all of a sudden the dragging of the campers feet across the floor turned into galloping as they sprinted to the sports hall, making it for Awal time.

Only God knows how the mentors and campers managed to stay awake through Fajr namaaz.

You would think waking up a person once a day would be enough but as mentors do they had to wake the campers up again at 7.15am to start the day with a breakfast banquet prepared by the wonderful chefs Cecillia & Marzeea Aunty with help of Akeel bha who had been working away in the kitchen with them.

Fuelled up for the day ahead mentors assembled their planets and prepared them for a challenging morning full of activities that would test their campers in both physical and mental circumstances, as well as helping to create burning team spirit within all the campers.

The outdoor activities not only gave the campers a chance to burn off all that energy and grow as a team, but it also gave the mentors a chance to develop a key insight into the hearts of there campers and start to form the bonds that will last much longer than the 10 days.

A warm and loving made chicken stir fry was cooked up by the amazing chefs, which was soon gobbled up by the hungry campers and mentors whose stomachs had been rumbling throughout Zohr and Asr prayers. After lunch campers were sent off to go and have their lessons that have been specially tailored to meet their needs. So that the maximum educational and spiritual development can be met. During this time Mentors had a de-brief where they discussed the

After lunch campers were sent off to go and have their lessons that have been specially tailored to meet their needs. So that the maximum educational and spiritual development can be met. During this time Mentors had a de-brief where they discussed the days events as well as how to support the campers reach their full potential. To the delight of campers chicken wings and rice was prepared for dinner and as expected they went down a treat with both the mentors and campers wanting more and more. To the extent that all chicken wings had been eaten to the bone. Yum!! The first full day at Lea Green had been a success with both mentors and campers bonding amongst themselves and with each other. The sparks had turned into flares; the growth and development continued to ooze out of the campers with their gifts being put on

To the delight of campers chicken wings and rice was prepared for dinner and as expected they went down a treat with both the mentors and campers wanting more and more. To the extent that all chicken wings had been eaten to the bone. Yum!!

The first full day at Lea Green had been a success with both mentors and campers bonding amongst themselves and with each other. The sparks had turned into flares; the growth and development continued to ooze out of the campers with their gifts being put on show, for all of us to stare at in amazement too see the Ammanahs bestowed upon us flourish as they are meant to do. 2 down 8 to go.