Words taken from Megan Briers thoughts post the Scottish Episcopal Church provincial youth camp at Glenalmond 2018.
I had no idea what to expect before arriving at my first glen. I knew nobody apart from vague knowledge of A Wedge?? I had so many initial worries. Will anyone talk to me? What should I pack? Will this be any good? Who shares a nickname with a type of potato? Anyway, the countdown was soon up and I was standing unsure at the sign-in. Suddenly, I was given a massive hug by a girl I had never seen before in my life. I knew I would be okay here.
They say time flies when you are having fun, and way too soon it came to my last year as a delegate. I couldn’t believe this was it after 6 years. The week flew past, as expected and was filled with reunions, tears, a lot of late nights and most importantly restoration and development of my faith. I have come across and got to know so many people throughout my Glen journey.
Glen is a truly magical place, the energy at the camp is intense and at no other point during the year is my faith as strong. I am not sure what it is that makes me feel the way I do at Glen, truly connected with my religion, or what isn’t quite there when I return home. Whatever it is, a goal for the future is to bridge the gap.
Glen is intense, you live together in the way Christian communities of the past did. Eating, relaxing, working together and praying as one close community. We open up more, the boundaries in the pressure cooker of High School
don’t seem to exist. Everyone is valued for who they are no matter where they come from.
Glen is an amazing opportunity and I would advise anyone in secondary school with even a vague interest to give it a try. You will make genuine friends for life, as I head off to Uni I know there are leaders and past delegates across Scotland and wider afield to visit, to call on to go to for advice, help and more importantly friendship.
If you are young enough to get to experience it Glen could develop your religion and you’ll have an amazing amazing amazing time in the process! If you are unfortunately too old then send someone else younger instead! My hope for the future of Glen is more people discover this gem of a camp and that adults within the church realise what a great opportunity this is for young congregation members who may otherwise feel isolated, which may lead to a disconnection in faith. I am forever grateful to the church for encouraging and supporting me to go, I never looked back.