"I found out about NCS through some friends in Manchester and
that same week I got a text from my local youth centre asking if I
wanted to take part.
I didn't have anything planned for the Summer so I applied. I
hardly knew anyone when I arrived, and I felt a bit awkward but
within a few hours I had made friends.
My favourite part of the first NCS phase was Jacob's Ladder. The
challenge was to get all three people in your team to the top of
this massive ladder - and we did it! Not only were we the only
group to get to the top, but I also conquered my fear of heights.
Before I was scared of going on rollercoasters, but now I love
The Team Leaders were awesome and by the second phase we all
knew each other well. We had some massive water fights and even got
to meet the person in charge of props at the Harry Potter
Our social action project involved working with Watford Wildlife
Centre. We created snake incubators by digging trenches and making
mazes underneath before covering them with bark. We also did litter
picking, painted new rails, trimmed hedges and even caught
butterflies as part of a nature survey.
If I was to give advice to anyone thinking about
NCS I would say - do it. It's awesome and you make a lot of
friends. My group of mates has grown and I'm always out with them
I would also say - don't over pack your suitcase, as I learnt
that the hard way. And take loads of sweets - you'll be instantly