What's New?

James is back!

Jengerbread

James has been retaking exams for the last couple of months but this camp he has been back and has been doing some great work housekeeping for us. Here he is with some of the EMU team doing the washing up (or that's what they're s... more

800 pieces of cake!

Clarey

We have over 800 pieces of cake ready for our Family Fun Day tomorrow! Come along between 10-4pm to have a go on some of our activities, buy an ice cream or try some of our Oakes flapjack, brownies, gingerbread, shortbread or lemo... more

Square

Sandra

A human called Connor and a human called Micheal have trimmed this hedge almost completely square?...... Well done them. Will look nice for tomorrows family fun day. Be there or be a hedge.

Jephthah the Judge (or God wants Losers)

Mez

Jephthah's background wasn't the most desirable and because of that his half brothers don't just throw him out of the house, but promise enough violence to make sure he doesn't come near. Unloved, unwanted and undesirable, God cho... more

Gideon

Mez

Gideon has the biggest chunk of Judges so far and we learn some great things about God’s character from him. 1. God keeps his promises even when his people don’t. The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lor... more

Timo in the pond! Timo in the pond!...

Ariane

Last weekend we had the youth groups from Heaton, Rothley and St.Luke`s in. The weather was great and we had lots of fun on the water slide. My personal highlight was my revenge on Timo who pushed me in the pond about 8 times this... more

Hollywood

johnny

The prepartations for summer have begun in earnest! It's about this time of year we get sufficient break in our programme to start planning and ordering for summer. It's really quite technical trying to pre-plan how 8 different ro... more

Fun Fun Fun

Will Sayers-Flood

In the last week we have had a back to back camp come in, one Wednesday to Friday and one Friday to Sunday. Although it was very tireing for the team there was close to sixty kids who got to hear about God, one of the camps inc... more

Follow My Leader

Mez

We had glorious weather again this camp and spent lots of time outside. This morning in the Main Event we were looking at how following Jesus means making our decisions based on whats serves God best. We also had some fun playin... more

Next lesson: God does what he says he will do

Mez

Personality profile The Israelites: God’s people who have turned their backs on God (again – sigh) King Jabin of Hazor: the new guy on the scene making life difficult for the Israelites Sisera: commander of Jabin’s arm... more

Inter-camp madness

Jengerbread

We just finished a camp this afternoon​ and we have another one arriving soon. As you can see, some team members have different way of preparing for it to others...

Fun and Faith in the sun this week

Mez

I've had a great time this week looking at what we believe with a wonderful group from Mansel School. Here are are objects from each meeting. See if you can remember what they reminded us of (answers below...) ... more

Hola!

bound4heaven

Hola! This week we have our amigo Jhonnar helping in the kitchen for five days! He's been teaching me some Spanish: see if you can understand what it means! In the morning, the cocineros walk into the cocina, and the first thing... more

A Left-Handed Warrior and a Mighty God

Mez

Of the first three judges Ehud’s story is the most detailed and the goriest. We won’t go into too many details but to cut a long story short: because he was left handed he also strapped his sword on the opposite side of his bo... more

Oakes views

KirstyDronfield

We're very lucky here at the Oakes, we are about ten minutes away from the city centre but at the same time surrounded by beautiful fields and woods. Here is a picure I took yesterday whilst jogging on my lunch (yes I AM that mad)... more

Double gunging

Jengerbread

Will and Isaac overslept this morning and missed our 8am team meeting so Craig added a new camper of the day prize...

Brightening up the office

KirstyDronfield

Every Thursday I share the office with our lovely Lyn and she has been out in the garden today and picked some beautiful flowers to brighten up the office

Judges, here we come…

Mez

So when Joshua is old and about to die he calls all of Israel together and they make this promise: “We too will serve the Lord. That’s because he is our God.” (Joshua 24v18) But if you’ve been following the Bible story... more

When it's been a busy day...

Jengerbread

Who knew you could have as much fun putting the bouncy castle away as playing on it?

Activity time!

Clarey

16 litres of hot chocolate ready for the 60 campers who are about to go outside & get rather wet & windswept on their activities!

And the walls came tumbling down

Mez

Joshua, the son of Nun, called for the priests. He said to them, “Go and get the ark of the covenant of the Lord. I want seven of you to carry trumpets in front of it.” He gave an order to the army. He said, “Move out! Marc... more

Sounds of the Office!

Jonny Bob Greaves

Hi all, Welcome to my brand new game, "Sounds of the Office" The Oakes office is quite different to most offices, as this game will demonstrate. If you ever get to visit our office, see if you can hear any of t... more

KirstyDronfield
BINGO!!

Half Term 1 - 11-15s - May 2017

Joelin1

Check out our Half Term video from last weekend! Unfortunately, there won't be a Half Term 2 video as I had a family emergency. So enjoy this one!

Muffins for breakfast :)

Clarey

Not many could resist the freshly baked chocolate & fruit muffins on our half term camp this week!

My visit to the Tunnel activity

Matilda

Last week Sandra gave me a lift to where the new tunnel activity will be so that I could have a look at what the humans are doing. They have just installed their first tunnel pipe out of 20. I hope I get to do some concrete mixing... more

Now you see it...

Bob1

We've had a great time this camp in 'The Main event: Explorers'! Fun, games, quizzes and lots of thinking about who Jesus is. We have also been learning lots of bible verses. Here is the one of them: "He is risen...just as he... more

Kassia Smith
that was quite smelly after since i sat at the front but cool
Bob1
Smelly but perfectly harmless! Here is a challenge for everyone: Can you remember the other memory v... more

Counting heaven

Jengerbread

Today I've been doing my favourite job; the monthly inventory. This means going round to all the cupboards around the house and grounds where I keep cleaning stuff to see how much we have left. Then I put it all into a spreadsheet... more

KirstyDronfield
Haha love this!

Lots of Crazy, Silly, Muddy, Banterous Fun to be had!

ciara twinnybob long

Hi everyone. Hope you are all enjoying Half Term. We are loving this week at The Oakes with our Half Term Camp! WOHOOOOOOOO. We've had activities, games, the water slide (ending in our team being ponded), lots of yummy fo... more

Bob1
Cracking fun!

Half Term 2

KirstyDronfield

Our second Half Term camp starts tonight (EXCITING) so I have been in the office getting some of the behind the scenes stuff prepared for the programmer! This involves making sure we have all of the consent forms for you guys so t... more

German Kitchen Team on Halfterm 1

Timo

Ari and I are actually in the Oakes Kitchen cooking lots of nice food for the Halfterm 1 Camp. We decided to give you a short Kitchen-Dictionary for your next Oakes visit :-) . Kitchen Words (English - German) Knife - Messe... more

Two Ways to Live

Dan

A good camp thinking about who Jesus is. I'm not sure how much my top quality art work helped?!

inner strength

Sandra

These crazy humans are building tunnels to play in. They need to be strong and so metal is bedded in all the walls. This is appealing to me because to lift stuff you need to be strong too. Apparantly we can all relie on Jesus to ... more

Parting the Jordan

Mez

The priests came to the river. Their feet touched the water’s edge. Right away the water coming down the river stopped flowing. ... The water flowing down to the Dead Sea was completely cut off. So the people went across the Jor... more

Sun's out, lunch out!

Jengerbread

It's been really hot and sunny this week! We love this weather because it means lots of fun in the sun. We're ready for our first outside lunch of the year!

Faith from an unusual source

Mez

In Joshua 2 Joshua sends two men to check out the land and they go and hide in Rahab’s house. Rahab is not an Israelite: she’s from Jericho; but she hides the men and look at what she tells them: “I know that the Lord has ... more

Beat the goalie!

Jengerbread

Guess who got (un)lucky at Beat the Goalie today!

Top 5 reasons why you should come to The Oakes:

KirstyDronfield

Here is my list of top 5 reasons why you should come on a camp with us at the Oakes: 1. A fun time to be had with friends (whether that’s playing sports, having a go on the basket swing together or simply running around like ... more

The water slide is out!!!

Ariane

For the first time this year we used the big waterslide at the front lawn. The Yr 8 from Notre Dame enjoyed sliding and the Team had fun finding new cleaning techniques;)

Top song of the camp

Mez

We've been enjoying this song on camp. It's a winner. www.sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/track/your-love

My Lasagne Birthday

bound4heaven

Where else in the world would you make 6 trays of lasagne on your birthday?? Anny and I enjoying the aroma as we marvel at the very full oven!

Spot the housekeepers!

Jengerbread

Can you believe that although Timo has been here since October it is only just his first time housekeeping this week?! To mark the occasion, and because some snazzy new polo shirts recently arrived to make the housekeepers more re... more

Behold The Power Of His Word (song)

Mez

We sang this song in Church on Sunday, and it reminded me a lot of what I've been blogging about. As we go through the Bible we see that God is looking for people who will trust his promises and believe his Word.

Mr and Mrs Scott

ciara twinnybob long

If you were around at The Oakes from September 2015- April 2017 you may have met the Wonderful Ellie Taylor. You might have seen her as she dorm led, cleaned up your mud or even as she ran around the house singing! Well last Fri... more

Magical World Ahead

Mez

We're really looking forward to having a group from Notre Dame this week. I'll be in the Main Event and we'll be looking at some of the Narnia books and how they reflect the message of the Bible. Of course, the great classic The... more

Harry Potter camp - what!?

johnny

I love this time of year as we have several "Double Camps." This is when we have a school bring 2 separate groups but on the middle day we have both in at the same time. So while one group is finishing their camp the next group is... more

The Great Escape!

KirstyDronfield

Last week I got to escape the office and have a go at dorm leading the first part of our Ecclesall school camp (that's the first time I have dorm lead in 3 years!). We played games, we ate loads of yummy food... but best of all... more

Jonny Bob Greaves
Did you also jump over a fence on a motorbike?! (Like in the movie, "The Great Escape", for those of... more
KirstyDronfield
Unfortunately no

A New Leader and A New Beginning

Mez

Moses has died and a new leader steps into his shoes – Joshua. Fact File 1. Joshua was originally called Hoshea but Moses renamed him. 2. Joshua means the Lord saves. Interestingly this is also what the name Jesus mean... more

Kitchen Challenge Accomplished

Jengerbread

Behind the scenes at the Oakes there is a challenge that has passed into legend. A challenge often set but rarely accomplished. I speak of the kitchen challenge. The task sounds simple: to get the all the washing up from teatime c... more

Jonny Bob Greaves
Can't make out the time on the clock! What does it say?
Jengerbread
6pm!
Jengerbread
6pm!

The Feeling

johnny

Here at the Oakes one of my jobs is to look through all the camper feedback forms and work out where people think we could improve. Sometimes these are really logical and sensible suggestions, sometimes less so. Once under the sec... more

Mez
I'm all for sniper shooting. Maybe that feeling is what it feels like to be shot??! (PS. Just ... more
KirstyDronfield
If mine and Ciara's accents are so funny then why did our kids fall asleep to us reading to them eve... more
Jonny Bob Greaves
Is "The feeling" weightlessness? Can we get one of these in the dining room? http://media.gettyima... more
ciara twinnybob long
Hang on there a second lad, there's nowt wrong with my accent ;) hahaha

Sand is heavy

Sandra

Last week I lifted several tons of sand down to the tunnel construction site. I love lifting sand. Now the funny humans can continue building tunnels. Why you would want to go in a tunnel when you can spend time lifting heavy stuf... more

johnny
I like letting other people lift the heavy stuff!

Noemi came back!!!

Clarey

It's been really exciting to welcome Noemi (Gap Team 2015-16) back to The Oakes & have her help us out on camp this week!

Unusual uses for a leaf blower no. 3

Jengerbread

Here at the Oakes we use leaf blowers for more than just clearing up leaves. Some of the ones you may have seen are blowing up the zorbs or making it snow in the dining room. But Will found a new use for them yesterday.... making ... more

Faith Fails Again (and again and again...)

Mez

God rescues his people from Egypt and takes them to the land that he promised to Abraham. And the people refuse to go in! Here’s what happened: The men reported to Moses and Aaron and all the people. They showed them the fru... more

These boots were made for walking...

Jonny Bob Greaves

Good to see the kids from Ecclesall Junior School making good use of our new boot room storage rack... and of the mini-mudder!!!!! MUD! MUD! Glooooorious MUD!

Jengerbread
Finally being able to get all the shoes off the floor has made me a happy housekeeper!

Substitution

Dan

Substitution Today brought an unexpected turn of events during our St. John's, Deepcar camp. The Camper of the Day prize was the Gunge tank. The list of possible team members to be gunged was drawn up. However it did not incl... more

libby
loll
libby
loll
ciara twinnybob long
Taking one for the team Dan.... I love it hahahaa

hello from the kitchen!

hgrieves

It's been a busy old week this week in the kitchen! We have had a group in from St John's School in Deepcar... that's 75 plates of food each meal. A 3-day camp= 7 meals in total =525 plates of food!!!!! Wow! It's been great fun ... more

St. John's Deepcar - Oakes camp

Josephus

A final game of 'goldrush' to finish an awesome camp with glorious sunshine;) Thank you God for 40 amazing kids this week!

When campers attack...

ciara twinnybob long

This week we had Totley All Saints join us on camp. This is a picture of me and Anny after campers attacked us with face paint. I think we look great :) Great job girls

Kassia Smith
miss u guys
ciara twinnybob long
Hey Kassia :D Did you enjoy camp? What was your favourite part? I loved all of the facepainti... more

Best Oakes Season

When do you prefer to be at The Oakes?

Clayton Bro 2 michael
spring because then you can meet all the new leaders when its getting warmer and then when it's summ... more

Favourite Activity

What's your favourite Oakes activity to do? These are the options most often available when you come on a camp.

gulno
Where is the mudder? :O