Saturday, 25 May 2013

PhD Students @ Camas

Camas put its academic hat on this week as we were joined by not one but two groups of PHD students.  The students, who came mostly from the University of Glasgow, came to learn from each other’s research, but also experience life at Camas,  which included the usual cocktail of outdoor activities, team games and reflections.  This gave the PhD students who live extremely busy lives, time to relax, reflect and most importantly have fun. 

One walk to the local beach, Market Bay was particularly special as a thick mist hovered above the sea creating a great “time stopping” atmosphere, where the PhD students and Camas volunteers shared hot chocolate and scones.

The evenings were fun and full of games and laughter which included the Camas crew holding their own at a game of Articulate against groups of the soon to be doctors.  The Camas volunteers also learned from the PhD student’s, whether it was joining in on some of their fascinating workshops or one of our volunteers asking a germ specialist their advice on how to increase the productivity and efficiently of cleaning rubber gloves! 

Another highlight of the week was the large group all huddled round the bonfire sharing stories and laughter.  As always the Camas challenge was a fun time where the group took responsibility of the cooking and entertainment.  The entertainment was particularly fun as there was a magic show and a ceilidh!  

All in all a great week at Camas and we hope that the PHD students can return to their important work relaxed and rejuvenated and we feel that this point was articulated by one student in our evaluations, who said: 

“The space, and the people working there, as well as the way of life, greatly contributed to our experience.  I feel rested!