The aim of Spree SW is to provide a good mix of fun, excitement and spiritual challenge for every young person that comes along. A huge variety of sporting, creative and adventure activities are provided throughout the weekend to suit all tastes. We also run four high-quality spiritual programmes for different age-groups with sessions at the beginning and end of each day, and a development track for 15 - 17s who are ready to take on some form of responsibility.
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Activities Planned for 2017 - free all weekend for everyone!
Lots of the activities at Spree SW are free, run continuously and young people just turn up and take part when they wish. All are fully supervised and run by fully qualified/trained staff where appropriate. For 2017 we are planning to include the following...
...craft tent, rodeo bull, treasure hunts, talent show, unihoc, sumo suits, Hanger 51 Laser Quest tent, Silent Disco, inflatable assault course, late-night movies, bouncy boxing, 40' climbing wall, volleyball, video challenge, 5-a-side soccer tournaments, tree climbing, balloon modelling...and much more!
Optional Activities at Spree SW - these require booking on the Spree SW Consent Form
Some activities we offer are more specialised, require a certain level of skill or interest, and can only run with small groups. We have therefore found it best if these 'optional activities' are booked in advance.
Because Spree SW has grown so large in the past couple of years we can no longer provide sufficient places on these optional activities for every young person. Therefore we are suggesting that for 2017 leaders encourage their young people to choose an optional activity only if they have a genuine interest in taking part and will definitely turn up. On the Parental Consent Form they may put down a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of optional activity if they wish. These choices are then entered by the main leader onto the group's on-line Booking Form so that Spree staff can sort out all the activities before the event. If the optional activities are over-subscribed we will normally operate a first-come, first-served system - another good reason for groups to book in early!
These two bookable activities cost £14:
Kayaking or Raft Building: £14 for a one-hour session on the Shobrooke Park Lake, run and supervised by qualified staff from Heatree Activity Centre. All equipment is provided and we suggest young people wear an old pair of trainers, a t-shirt and swimming costume/track suit bottoms.
These two activities must be paid for in advance and included in the fees sent when a Group Booking Form is completed. The activities are dependant on the lake passing a water quality test in June. Full refunds will be given if we have to cancel the activities due to the water quality not meeting the required standard.
The following bookable activities are free:
Circus Skills Workshop: 1-hour session run by Doug Horley (aka Duggie Dug Dug, who is leading our 8 - 11s 'Explore' programme). Duggie will teach a variety of circus skills from his vast repertoire - maximum fun guaranteed!
Rap Workshop: 1-hour session. Resident rap artist Jozzy will lead this workshop and help everyone to learn one of his infectious raps as well as have a go at writing their own. A great opportunity to emulate ‘Bars and Melody’ from 2014 Britain’s Got Talent!
Puppet Workshop: 1-hour session. Duggie Dug Dug will show how a variety of hand puppets are made and used professionally, and give participants a chance to try out their puppeteer skills on his set. Great fun for everyone.
School of Rock: SECONDARY AGE ONLY. 1-hour session run by our resident band who are providing the music and worship in our 11 - 15s 'Deeper' venue. This workshop is open to anyone of secondary age who has reached a reasonable level of musical experience (Grade 3 level or equivalent) and would like to learn from the experts how to put together a piece of rock music using guitars, drums, keyboards and vocals. All equipment provided!
Soccer Skills: 1 - 1.5 hour session. Our trained soccer coach will teach some great soccer skills, help participants hone them to perfection and then give everyone a chance to try them out in a match! Suitable clothing and trainers must be worn - no studs allowed.
Dance Workshop: 1 hour session - Primary and Secondary age groups. Participants will learn how to put together a series of simple dance steps and moves and turn them into an impressive dance routine! Tuition is provided by our resident dance expert who is spending the weekend with us at Spree SW. Suitable loose clothing and trainers should be worn - bare feet not allowed.
Silversmithing: 1 hour session. Participants will be shown the skills needed to twist, heat and solder real silver into a ring, and then make their own unique piece of jewellery to take home! Those coming to this workshop will need to be accompanied by a leader from their group for supervision purposes.
Enamelling: 1 hour session. Our expert tutor will show everyone how to prepare and shape copper into a pendant or key ring fob and then participants can make their own and create a design of their choice on it with enamels that are fired in a kiln. Those coming to this workshop will need to be accompanied by a leader from their group for supervision purposes..
Canvas Picture making: 1 hour session. Participants will be shown how to decorate a canvas with lots of coloured, plastic pre-cut shapes to make a very effective picture of their own design. Stunning pictures can be created this way - art lovers will really enjoy this workshop!
Balloon Modelling: 1 hour session. Our balloon experts will teach everyone how to make a wide range of fun balloon models that they can take home afterwards, from simple animals to more complex designs. All equipment provided!
Groups coming to Spree SW represent a wide range of churches, with different worship styles, contrasting views on a variety of theological issues and very diverse ways of teaching and discipling children and young people! For us to be able 'hit the mark' in everyone's eyes with our spiritual programme is never going to be easy.
However, over the past six years we have explored a variety of formats, programmes and ministry teams, and with the help of leaders who have come with their groups and provided us with a lot of really helpful feedback, we believe we are now providing some of the best teaching and worship for 8 - 17s that you will find at any Christian event, anywhere! The spiritual programme is one of the the largest expenditure item in our budget, which shows our commitment to this hugely important part of the weekend.
We provide five teaching 'streams' at Spree SW, and details of each stream are given below. Each stream runs four meetings over the weekend, with each meeting lasting between 60 and 80 minutes. The meetings in each stream happen at the same time and for the 8-11 and 11-15 streams leaders are encouraged to go along with their young people as we would normally expect a young person’s leader to be the one to do any follow up after the meetings if required.
There is an intentional degree of overlap in the age-groups. A mature 11 year old may be better served in one of the the 11-15 venues rather than either of the 8 - 11s streams, for example.
Whilst it is perfectly in order for young people to swap streams part way through the weekend, some continuity may be lost and so we suggest leaders carefully consider which stream may be best for every individual. To help leaders decide between the streams, we host a short 30-minute session for group leaders early on the Friday evening when the leaders of all three streams give an overview of their programmes.
Spree SW spiritual programme
8 - 11s outreach stream
8 - 11s discipleship stream
11 - 15s outreach stream
11- 15s discipleship stream
15 - 17s Development track
We have booked Doug Horley (aka Duggie Dug Dug) to come back once again to run our 8-11s outreach venue as he is such a hit with all the groups at Spree SW. Doug has just released his latest CD so will be coming to introduce us to a range of new songs as well as sharing the gospel in his brilliantly creative way.
Young people up to age 11 who have been to this track before and are ready to explore faith a little more deeply can now choose the new DISCOVER venue - see above.
This is a brand new venue for 8-11’s that we are launching for 2017, designed to give you an option if your young people in this age-group are wanting a 'next step’ on from EXPLORE.
Kathryn Lyddon (Exeter Diocese) and Esther Stansfield (Scripture Union) are currently putting plans together for DISCOVER, which will be a smaller venue aiming to stretch the faith of 8-11s and help them dig deeper into what it means to be a Christian.
Grace Tween (National Evangelist with Youth For Christ) is coming back to help head up our outreach venue for 11 - 15s, and for 2017 she is being joined by Prince Laryea. Prince is now the Director of Mission for Youth For Christ having previously founded and led 'The 29th Chapter’ UK-based hip-hop group.
We will also have Jozzy, our resident rapper, back once again, plus a few surprises...but all within the context of introducing young people to Jesus in a fast, action-packed programme with plenty of space for small group discussion and audience participation.
In 2017 our 11-15s 'going deeper' venue will be hosted by Jemma Ponsford (SWYM and Christian Resources Project Plymouth) and Tim Funnell (Linx Torbay).
Joe Hardy and the ‘Create' Band will also be back again to lead worship. Our special guest speakers will include Tim Alford (always very popular at Spree) and - new for 2017 - Kiera Phyo (Tearfund Youth) and Rachel Gardner (Romance Academy). We are really excited to have such a great line up for this venue again.
We don’t have a name for this brand new venue yet, but it is specifically for the 15 - 17s who are coming to help on the Development track.
The venue hosts will be Anna Clarke (Exeter Network Church) and Ray Thomas (SWYM and Rise Up), and we also have Joth Taylor and the rest of the band from Deeper in 2016 leading worship. Some excellent speakers are lined up, including Kiera Phyo (Tearfund Youth), Sarah Yardley (Creation Fest) and Tiff (Church Leader, Taunton).
All the teenagers coming to this venue will be encouraged to connect with our new Workshop Programme - see below - as the topics will be very relevant to them.
Workshop Programme for 12+ - NEW FOR 2017!
In 2017 we will be running a new workshop programme throughout the weekend covering faith and lifestyle topics especially relevant to teenagers. Workshops will be open to anyone but are primarily designed for young people aged 12+. They will take place during the day as an addition to the main programme, and those in the new 15 - 17 stream will find them especially useful as they will supplement the teaching in their venue.
We run a Prayer Tent at Spree SW which is open from first thing in the morning until late at night.
The Prayer Tent is available for anyone to use during opening times and a member of staff will be present most of the time.
Various creative prayer ‘stations’ will be set up which young people can interact with (either on their own or with a leader), but leaders and young people are welcome just to use the space for quiet prayer or reflection if they wish at any time.