FICC YOUTH RALLY 2014

EVENT: 64TH FICC YOUTH RALLY 2014
DATE: 17-21 APRIL
VENUE: PORTUGAL LARGO DE SANTO ANDRÉ
GEMMA HAWTIN

On 17 April, Yorkshire Region CCY took a party of 34 to the FICC Youth Rally in Portugal. We set off from Leeds/Bradford airport earlier that day. All the youth were so excited, for some of them it was their first FICC youth rally, so a new experience away from their parents. We arrived in Faro and the temperature had doubled – shorts and t-shirt weather.

 We got on a coach with Southern Region CCY and after a two-and-a-half hour journey arrived at the secluded site. All the tents were soon pitched and we settled in. Next there was a trip to the shop to stock up with some food and water, followed by a search for a restaurant for a meal. After sampling the local food at a family restaurant it was time to get back to the campsite where the first disco was underway. And time to meet up with old faces from past rallies and make new friends with those who were sampling a FICC youth rally for the first time.

The opening ceremony featured traditional Portuguese music by the participants. And the FICC Youth President, Andy Wilson, opened the rally with the famous motto "no sleep till Monday!" And that’s exactly what we intended to do.
 
With a lagoon and the sea on our doorstep most days saw many of the youth make their way down to the beach to have fun on the sand dunes and play in the sea. As is the tradition we held the sports competition that takes place between all the attending countries. Volleyball and football matches were all played in such a good and friendly spirit – a great experience that you can only get when you mix so many like-minded fun people from so different countries throughout a weekend.

The main disco had a themed night based around uniforms and this went down a treat. Campers turned up as doctors, fire fighters, army, cheerleaders and police to name just a few! And the last night ended with a beach party theme. We just had to watch out for those mosquitoes and horseflies that had bitten us throughout the rally, so we took to wearing long leggings and trousers. What a party! Less said but it was a great way to finish a brilliant camp.