These are all the (good and bad) comments made by parents on the feedback received after our 2018 conferences. If you completed the feedback forms, thank you for your helpful and encouraging comments.
Question: ‘Overall impression? Other comments?‘
Loved the teaching and handles her food allergies EXTREMELY well had a fantastic time!
Had a brilliant time!
Found the first day difficult, as didn’t know anyone. Settled in quickly though. Really enjoyed being able to take part in the music.
Really great and thank you!
The teaching as well as all the fun looks fantastic and my daughter has really enjoyed it all. She’s also been challenged by the teaching and has a clear understanding of Song of Solomon which is brilliant.
Lots that we can talk about and continue to consider going forward.
Although a couple of wobbles, my child thoroughly enjoyed it & was sad to leave & even sadder that for next year they’ve got to move up groups due to age range, as they had so much fun in this year’s group
He loved it
Sort out the wasps in the dormitories. Spend a little more time on each activity.
Still haven’t found out many details
Our children came back raving about all aspects, fun, games, food, singing and teaching – we as parents are raving about the fact our children get such spiritual encouragement, thank you!
My daughter loved it – she said the teaching was excellent, the activities were exciting, the venture into the village was much appreciated.
Overall she LOVED it – the format, leaders, kids, teaching, games, craft and chill activities, etc.
Thanks so much for all your work in organising it. But it was a shame her dormitory was so far away. And though not a fussy eater, she also did not enjoy all the meals and thought that some of the portion sizes were fairly small – therefore she was sometimes quite hungry.
He had a absolute fantastic time. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
He said he had nothing bad to say about it!
Absolutely loved it – great leaders, speakers, games, food was like a hotel!
Dorm leaders were brilliant,
Although struggled a little with friendship, overall loved it.
They both had a great time
She observed that it felt a little cliquey for first 3 days as larger church groups stayed together.
Coming from a small church group, she didn’t let it intimidate her and tried to be proactive
My 15-yr-old tends to find it a bit difficult at the beginning, as he comes on his own and not as part of a group. But this year he quickly got to know the folk around him and had a great time. I’m glad that the other folk there are open to meeting new people and don’t just stick with the members of their own home youth group.
Very fun and exciting
Excellent dorm leaders, fantastic teaching (we keep hearing about Jonty and Gareth) and building on fantastic friendships.
Fantastic experience but would like to be in a dormitory with more people her own age
Would put higher score if could.
Always describes it as the best week of her year
Fantastic teaching, creatively and thoughtfully communicated
He can’t wait to go again next year! He enjoyed the games and small SUS talks.
Really enjoyed it
Second year attending and he absolutely loved it – even though he is normally quite shy and didn’t have a friend to attend with, he wanted to come.
She has loved it.
Although she felt that she preferred the teaching last year (she loves history) she preferred the overall week this year. I think this is due to a growth in confidence.
He has come home full of topics that he wants to explore further.
Pray Contagious will continue to improve our children and the youth enough to change this generation and the entire world for Jesus. We will like to express our gratitude to the founders and leaders for their hard work
Simply amazing! Second year of attending and he learns so much from the teaching.
Fantastic. Overwhelmed at seeing how God is working in our daughter’s life in a way which exceeds what might be possible within her local church. The opportunity to meet with other people her age and explore practical Christian faith issues, study the Bible and learn together has enabled her personal faith to grow so much and allow her to be better equipped to stand firm in the challenges she faces in the world today.
A brilliant experience.
Teaching amazing and people lovely.
My daughter would like to add that she it was her first contagious and she found the welcome very difficult. She felt very on her own and awkward until she was shown to her room, met room mates and given the timetable. She felt it might have been better for that to happen straight away rather than just stand waiting for so long.
We sent 3, they all loved it
My son had a great time, made friends, felt very comfortable, but most of all grew in his walk with the Lord.
They always come back buzzing with what they have learnt
Our girls have loved every time they have come to West
Had a great time and reconnected with like minded friends from the year before.
Fantastic biblical teaching, good Christian role models, lots of fun
Fun and enjoy activities and big talks
O hasn’t said a great deal yet about his time away. He loved being with his Christian mates for a week- especially L and J from our own church and JL from Woodgreen. He seems to have also made other friends.
Delighted with the subject matter – teens need their solid meat and this was excellent.
She really loved it!
Enjoyed it all
My daughter fully enjoyed herself
They absolutely loved it and have talked about the holiday a lot over the last 3 weeks.
They absolutely loved it. Thoroughly enjoyed being on Nano last year and equally enjoyed being on the main contagious holiday this year too.
Really enjoyed it! Will definitely be coming again if he can. He found the teaching a bit long. saying “Too much school for a summer holiday ;)” Missed going on an off site adventure (Mainly because they went to a theme park before)
She really enjoyed the camp overall.
He is really excited about it and already looking forward to the next one. He felt the teachings were very rich and what he really needed.
She is really excited about the experience and already planning to attend the next one. she found the teachings and programs very good and edifying.
He said the teaching was really good- that was a highlight alongside all the other activities
She came back bubbling with enthusiasm – a wonderful balance of teaching, building friendships and having fun. She had taken notes, and came back with books-she has continued to study over the last few weeks. Thank you to all the leaders who make this such a wonderful experience for our children.
Daughter loved it. Keen to return. Engaged with the teaching.
She enjoyed the teaching very much, and loved the leaders, but struggled a little with the social environment and making genuine friendships.
Had a fantastic time, made some really great relationships.
Very motivating and thought provoking + met a great group of friends
Good leaders, friendly, quite a lot of teaching sessions,
He absolutely loves it and it is honestly the highlight of his year. The balance between teaching in large and small groups and the activities is perfect. There is something to suit all tastes in the activities. He’s really enjoyed making new friends over the years and looks forward to seeing them every summer. He keeps in touch with them via social media during the year too. He also really loves the camaraderie of the SUS group – huge thanks to Rob (who’s had to put up with him for 2 years in a row!) and Tim for their leadership this year.
First impressions are that it was a week of fun & learning. Good feedback from my son.
2 children had an amazing time and are waiting to book for next year!
She loved it. Looking forward to next year already.
Had a good time. Enjoyed it more this year than last year.
Very happy good balance
My sister was incredibly nervous as she isn’t a Christian, isn’t from a church or even a Christian family & had never been before. When I picked her up she was buzzing about every aspect of Nano from the activities, the leaders, the teaching, the food! I was so encouraged as she’s said she’d love to come to Max (where I lead) next year. Absolutely overwhelmed that she’d come away from this week truly thinking about who Jesus is.
Wonderful! Keep up your good work, faithfully teaching the Word of God and genuinely caring for the young people! We are so thankful for finding Contagious! Children came back home full of encouragement and inspiration!
Fantastic week – children are both enthused and full of things they have learned and talked about.
Great relationships formed amongst members in sus groups.
I think this conference is wonderful, wish I could have attended something like it as a young person!
Solid teaching, lots of fun and time for teenagers to realise they’re not alone
He has loved it every year he’s been – Nano first and then Contagious East
Practically they really enjoyed the activities, they mentioned how they enjoyed Clayrama, rocket making, crocker, tie die etc etc. One very boring thing that you will be aware of is that they found tea early at 5.30 and were hungry by bedtime. Only bad thing was the arrival really. We had had a difficult journey and were swelteringly hot. We were an hour late which was our fault, there still seemed to be others arriving when we did. Just needed to hear the words Welcome to Contagious and would you like a drink as we were gasping! There were 3 empty water jugs on a trolley.
Both my daughters had a great time learning about the gospel, making new friends and seeing old ones.
Venue, teaching and activities were brilliant. Unfortunately, one of our children was very unhappy in his dorm, and this wasn’t picked up sufficiently by his dorm leaders.
They loved meeting up with friends from previous years as well as meeting new friends. They also valued the variety of activities; they raved about the food; they liked their sus group leaders (interestingly they liked the mix of a ‘mum’ age leader as well as a younger leader!) and came back singing the praises of the whole week! They have already been on the group chat making plans for next year!
They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. More importantly, they’ve told us all about what they learned about Jesus.
Great content, highly relevant, great atmosphere
She has had a fantastic time, made new friends, enjoyed the teaching
It was a spiritually formative camp for my boys. They thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from it. A few detailed comments are made below as specific observations.
E really got on well with her SUS group this year and felt that they were inclusive and friendly group who are going to be meeting up after the camp
He loved it! Loved the teaching, enjoyed SUS groups, loved the activities, great band a big highlight and inspiration. Many answers to prayer!
Overall good. Support re medical issues could have been much better.
Brilliant week- thoroughly enjoyed all aspects. The best teaching ever!
Question: Would you like to share how the teaching at Contagious has impacted your young person?
Both my sons have now been to Contagious Scotland several times and it has made a lasting impact on them, and one of them has spent time on several occasions with people from other cities that he met at Contagious. Strong Bible teaching and relationships seems to work in a good combination.
Reading Bible more and wanting to get baptised
Teaching was well received, greatly appreciated, thoroughly challenging
Helping her become more confident in what it means to live as a Christian.
He said it was WOW and he learn so much. Went through his notes and explained it all with us- without us asking!. He was so enthusiastic. Wanting to learn more about God and Jesus and applying what learn to his life and friendships/peers and how relates to those- even when finds hard to like them. Leaders great role models.
She has been a changed child since she started 4yrs ago. She has rededicated herself to Christ. More Christian friends, which is fantastic.
They’ve all come back enthusiastic and challenged. All the teaching seems to have been well pitched and relevant. The Q&A time in West was particularly helpful and Simon’s sermons were also a highlight apparently. Lots of thanks to the team.
He learnt how Christ sees us as we are and still loves us. He had a fantastic time, thank you.
She says that before Contagious she had ‘dead faith’ (thought she was a Christian) but now she has ‘living faith’
Our daughter found all the teaching on addiction to social media, drinking etc really helpful and strengthened her resilience to cope when she is back at sixth form college, not surrounded by Christians. She finds it a very isolating experience being at sixth form college with friends who are always questioning her faith, so having significant input for a week has helped her feel like she is prepared spiritually…as much as one can be?! for the year ahead.
It has helped her to have a better understanding of how different things impact and influence her life. It helped her to focus and take responsibility for the things that she spends her time, looking money, energy etc on, to get a better perspective of what things are important and worthwhile. She has started a new daily bible study routine and has also asked to be baptised.
Just the encouragement she needed in hanging onto Jesus whilst battling body image problems, perfectionism, anxiety, etc.
I have noticed a real transformation in him, he seems very much at peace with himself. He was very keen to share what he had learned with us, and has been eager to read his Bible and hear God’s word (and talk about it).
We were thrilled at how much our children enjoyed the teaching, we’ve never known a camp where the teaching has impacted them so much. Jonty made a huge impression especially. One of our children went to camp longing to play fortnight at any opportunity (we probably never should have got it in the first place). I was very burdened by this. He came back and (with nothing said by us) had no desire to play it whatsoever and has since informed us he doesn’t want to play it any more. I can only think this is a spiritual thing and his heart and mind were so filled with Jesus that other less helpful things were brought into focus.
The boys were buoyant when I collected them from the station. Both boys are clear in their faith, and the younger one appears to have made a profession while he was at camp.