Our Step Up boys summer camp for boys age 9-18 was headed by Mr Yanki Frankel and Mr Shloime Wyler. Participants came from across the UK and Belgium for 2 weeks of non-stop fun and action.

Mr Mordche Grosskopf was the head of all Boys’ programmes, which took place at a well-equipped campus at Colwyn Bay, North Wales. The boys division were privileged to have Rav Yehuda Leib Hager as the inspiring camp Rov. The theme was ‘The World of Music’ and with special guest musicians Ushi Gosskopf and Sholom Yochanon Aaronson, the music never stopped.

The boys enjoyed a range of fun activities on site, including water sports, carnival day, sports day, singing and dancing, on-site swimming, barbeques and more. They also enjoyed daily trips and fun activities including bowling, aquarium, Gullivers Land, the beach, trampolining, Gypsywood Park, Llandudno and more.

Shabbos was of course the most special day in camp and with special guest Chazan Yossi Schwartz, the singing went on for hours. Every boy got an Aliya and had a chance to speak during the seuda, which continued until 5pm! The counsellors enjoyed a kumzitz with Chazan Schwartz whilst the boys all enjoyed singing lessons during the week.

The volunteer bochurim provided outstanding 1:1 care for each camper, and ensured each boy had an unforgettable experience. Incredibly, the bochurim ensured their day started on the right foot by completing hundreds of hours of learning in the mornings. This culminated in a beautiful camp finale; a siyum on Masechta Shabbos, which was enhanced by the presence of the Bostoner Rebbe shlita. The rebbe addressed the campers warmly, with memories of his own time as a counsellor in a special needs camp.

Step by Step would like to thank all the individuals who selflessly gave up their summer holiday to ensure our special children had a holiday to remember, whilst their families enjoyed the essential respite. A huge thank you to all the counsellors, rotators and float staff, kitchen staff, medical staff, photographers, guest musicians, Chazan Yossi Schwartz, Rabbi Hager, Ushi Grosskopf for the delicious food, and everyone else for giving our children a summer to remember.

Feedback from parents, campers and counsellors has been overwhelmingly positive. “I’ve been going to Camp Horizon for 12 years and I’ve never had such a great summer. Everything was excellent- I had no negative comments at all during camp, it was outstanding!” Camper, Step Up group.