R8 Travel & Residential

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Aim: To plan a travel experience which will include a residential and exploring a new location. Taken from the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Recreation project R-8


Taster 1
• Maps
• Laptop
• Paper
• Pens

Taster 2
• Video camera
• Laptop
• Props

Christian Faith
• Bible
• Paper
• Pens
• Travel brochures
• “Clinging to the Cross” by Tim Hughes

• Maps
• Laptop
• Paper
• Pens
• Travel Guides


Taster 1 - Where have you been.

Aim: To find out places where you have visited

People in your group will have travelled to a wide variety of locations:

• Make a list of the places you have visited — either in your home country or abroad.
• Make a list of the plus and negative points of the ‘best place you have visited.
• Create a ‘scoring system and give each place a ‘score based on what you thought about the experience.
• When you have decided which place was the best experience share with other members of your group why.

Taster 2 - Wish You Were Here

Aim: To record a review of a holiday destination

Wish You Were Here...? is a television show containing reports from holiday destinations all around the world. In your hall produce your own report from a destination of your choice.

Think about:
• What’s the location?
• How will you make the scene look like the location?
• What can you use as props, e.g. surf board, palm tree etc.?
• What are you going to say?

Tips / Advice:
Show an old clip from the TV show, and produce your own interpretation. I’m sure they’re going to be funny!

Taster 3 - Themed Night

Aim: To create an evening’s themed activity based on a country

Choose a country and produce an evening’s activities based around it as your theme. You might like to think about including food, games, information about the country, inviting someone to talk about the country, fancy dress etc. The more you go to town with this, the more fun it will be!

• Research the country of your choice.
• Prepare your fancy dress outfit.

Tips / Advice:
There is a difference between having a good time experiencing a different culture and being disrespectful making fun of a country’s traditions.

Christian Faith - Going to Jerusalem

Gather together some travel brochures with a range ol holiday experiences, e.g. safari, city breaks, etc. Create your own giving details of a holiday destination from a war torn location, e.g. Baghdad. Ask everyone to choose their ideal holiday destination.

Read Mark 10:32-34.

Think about:
• Would you knowingly travel somewhere where you know you would die?
• Why did Jesus not just turn around and start walking the other way?

Read Mark 14:32-35. Play Clinging to the Cross’ by Tim Hughes, and take a few moments to consider how Jesus must have felt, yet he was willing to go to the cross for you and me.

Thank Jesus for the enormous sacrifice he made, and pray that you will understand more of what he went through for us.

Tips / Advice:
• You might like to play the clip of the Garden of Gethsemane from The Passion of The Christ, although be warned the film is brutal and some artistic license is used.
• Download music from iTunes

Project - Planning a Residential

Aim: To plan and take part in a residential as a group

Project Description:
When you think of a traditional holiday you might think of Punch and Judy, donkeys on the beach, candy floss and a stick of rock. Not your idea of fun? Well here is your chance to plan your own. Today more and more people go abroad for their holidays. Europe is the most popular destination for UK residents, accounting for 80 per cent of visits abroad. Spain is the most popular country with 13.8 million visits. In 1971 6.7 million people took trips abroad, today it stands at over 67 million. The world really is your oyster! You could organise a week long camp, a weekend trip to a European city (with the availability of low-cost flights, it’s feasible to do this reasonably cheaply), or youth hostelling.

Think about:
• What do you need to do?
• Where and when will you go?
• What’s the opinion or the group?
• How many people will go?
• What’s the budget?
• What are the risks?
• What safety considerations are there?
• What will you do?
• How will you get there?
• What travel plans do you need to make?
• What kit will you need?

Produce a timeline for when decisions need to be made and actions carried out.

Once on your residential experience keep a scrap book with photos, postcards, travel tickets, receipts, memorabilia, personal reports/accounts from the different places you visit on the way, and make a display of it when you return to the UK.

Tips / Advice:
• Start planning well in advance. It could take at least 6 months prior to departure to plan.
• Remember to evaluate what you’ve done.
• You will have your own ideas about where you would like to go. but it may he useful to look at a trip from the angle of what you want to learn, or what do you want to experience?
• Share your experiences with others on the 58 Forums website.
• If you travel late on a Friday evening by plane you can often get good deals — the most expensive flights are in the late afternoon to early evening.
• You could make use of the several sleeper trains in the UK to travel from the south-east of England to many parts of Scotland or Devon/Cornwall (or from those places to London) which combine your travel and accommodation in one amount and have a high novelty value, too.
• You might choose to focus your weekend around one main event — for example, a sporting match, a music/theatre performance a particular event/exhibition.
• Consider offsetting the carbon emissions from your trip.
• Going by rail is undoubtedly the best way to see Europe and planning a week or 10 days worth of travel around the continent will be an exciting experience. Make use of the excellent DB website (‘www.bahn.de) to plan an itinerary, as well as the Thomas Cook European Rail Map. There are some fantastic deals to be had by buying a week-long or fortnightly rail pass for certain countries or groups of countries, which are even better value than the already-good standard rail fares. Remember that in Europe, young adults often get a discount off adult” fares right up until the age of 26 without any need for a railcard etc. When planning your trip, you can save money on accommodation by using the extensive network of EuroNight and other sleeper trains that run daily all over the continent, sometimes connecting the most unlikely of places together.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Non-YHA hostels don’t implement exclusive use of dorms for youth organisations, so do bear child protection issues in mind. (BBHQ can advise)
• You’ll want to have travel insurance for you, no matter where you’re going, and if travelling to Europe, Elli health certificates are crucial, as well as ensuring you have an up-to-date passport.
• Remember that you will have to have at least one leader who has taken the BB Holiday Leadership course to travel with you.
• All holidays must be notified to your regional headquarters and all international travel must be notified at least 3 months in advance.

For full details see the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Recreation project R-8


  • challenge Plus
  • Project
  • residential
  • seniors
  • travel

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