Nestled among the Perthshire hills, almost hidden out of sight, yet only 2 miles from Crieff, lies the tranquil Loch Monzievaird, a true Highland gem. With secluded log cabins dotted around its wooded shores, it has, for the last seven years, been the home of Young Life International in Scotland. Founded in 1941 in the United States, Young Life International believes that every young person has the right to hear the good news of God’s love. It does this by going out to where young people are, building personal relationships with them and providing fun, adventurous life-changing experiences, often in a camp setting or clubs in local secondary schools where the Christian gospel is explained through short talks.

On a warm, sparkling day in mid – August, 17 of us from SSCB arrived at Loch Monzievaird where we spent the morning enjoying an array of water sports, including paddle boarding, kayaking and, for the less adventurous, letting the world drift by from the more sturdy safety of a pedalo. Despite occasional, unintended and intended dips into the loch, a great time was had by all. Following a delicious and very generous lunch, served by volunteers, in a marquee, we experienced the adrenaline rush of the zipline suspended 50 feet above Loch Monzievaird, something few of us will forget. For the last hour, the young people participated in the YLI club where they heard an inspiring Gospel message from the youth leaders and took part in a range of interactive games. This was a fabulous, memorable day out, one which we hope to repeat in subsequent years. Our special thanks go to Andy Chittick, one of the YLI directors, who made us feel so welcome and made the whole day possible.

[from Michael Chittleburgh]

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