BLOG:My NCS Experience
Meet Hazel Stronach, 17 from Whitley Bay, the latest of our NCS participants to blog about her experience of the initiative.
“I came here with the desire to conquer my own fears, but to also experience new challenges that can help me for later on in life. I heard about NCS from my next door neighbor and close friend Hayley White, who was also signing up. Until she said this I didn’t feel the need to go because I would have been alone.
“However, as well as Hayley I have had the opportunity to make many new friends. At first I was quiet nervous since I only knew Hayley and I wasn’t sure what was to come and what challenges were ahead. I wasn’t particularly nervous I was more excited to be doing something new and getting away from the ‘norm’.
“I didn’t really take that long to make friends as I am quite a confident person and everyone one the course was easy to talk to. From rock climbing to jumping off waterfalls and even building rafts, I was able to experience things I had never done before.
“However my favorite out of them all was the minibus challenge, in which we had to get from one spot to another without being caught.
“I think the most challenging activity was ghyll scrambling because I didn’t know what to expect and a lot of the jumps were quiet tough.
“Since the residential I have been able to spend more time getting to know people on various activities including, first aid and paintballing. Having team leaders that are willing to get involved in the activities themselves made me want to try hard, and made it easier to talk to them.
“I have made friends and we have made plans to meet up when NCS is done. Throughout NCS I have learnt to become more independent and push myself past the limit and because of this I have been able to increase my confidence.
“I have learnt many new skills but the one I’m most proud of is learning first aid as it is something I have thought is necessary. I have been able to learn new skills through each of my team members. I think that this experience is one that others should take part in as I was able to gain important skills that I will take through life.
“If someone was nervous I would encourage them to take someone they know to help them gain confidence to make it easy to make friends. Since I have been in a team during my time on NCS I have been able to become closer to everyone and learn more about them, I became especially close with Beth, Robyn, Jordan, Andrew, Holly, Aaron, Jade, Sam, Adam, Blazej and others!”
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