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    I am I'm from Birmingham are you going to the information evening tomorrow ??
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    (Original post by sosassysofe)
    Anyone going to NCS from 31st July to 23rdAug? Im a lonley mothafcker and in desperate need of friends lmao 😭😭😭
    I am are you going to the information evening tomorrow ??
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    (Original post by Elleee1234)
    I am are you going to the information evening tomorrow ??
    I think mine was today and i missed it oh dear loool. Im v unorganised for this 😅
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    (Original post by sosassysofe)
    I think mine was today and i missed it oh dear loool. Im v unorganised for this 😅
    Where are you from ??

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    (Original post by Elleee1234)
    Where are you from ??

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    London- Hackney (Borough)
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    (Original post by sosassysofe)
    London- Hackney (Borough)
    Oh im from Birmingham thought I had found someone in the same group as me then

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    I'm doing it in Oxfordshire, missed the meet and greet - I've lost the equipment sheet and it starts in 2 weeks!!! Completely hopeless, aren't I? :P Had to email them and waiting on a reply.
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    Im currently supposed to be on my second week. The whole program, from a collective view of my experience is designed to keep teens on their best behaviour and to give us something to do. I got told the program is nothing like school, which is a complete lie. Everything feels the same from going to dodgy cheap accommodation to having to follow set routines.

    I spent week 1 in dormitories that reminded me of my most unpleasant high school residentials. There was very little punishments for those who did push the boundaries, but I think they all assumed we would all behave. Some of the activities the centre boasted weren't even being run, and about 7 of the activities ran involved heights. I went home after lunch on the 3rd day and skipped the other days.

    I'm not even doing week 2 on medical grounds. But from the people I know doing it, you get too much freetime with the occasional lectures from charities you can help. This evening there was also a performance by a local band. Yes okay its fun, but I'd rather feel like I'm enriching myself with new skills and being productive rather than being forced into being social for periods of time much longer than I like.

    I guess the whole point of the programme is to make new friends, but when you're the type of person who likes being social in small amounts, being around so many people can be daunting.

    If you're about to go onto the programme this year have fun and enjoy yourself. But I'm telling you now the programme advertises itself as being so much more than it actually is. You'll find yourself getting more out of the other young people around you than NCS itself.
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    NCS IS AMAZING! Accommodation was apalling but everything else was great on week 1!
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    I was just wondering if once we first get to the site, do we have a chance to change clothes before we go and do activities??
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    Hi I'm going to the Surrey adventure centre tomorrow for my week 1 from Dudley and wonder if any one else was ☺️👍🏼
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    (Original post by Student092)
    I was just wondering if once we first get to the site, do we have a chance to change clothes before we go and do activities??
    Yeah you will do
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    I am lol
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    (Original post by Jessie-C)
    Hi I'm going to the Surrey adventure centre tomorrow for my week 1 from Dudley and wonder if any one else was ☺️👍🏼
    I am lol
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    Hey! I'm doing NCS next week (starting on July 31st and ending on August 23rd) and was wondering if anyone else was going to the same places as me. For week one I'm going to the Gwent Outdoor Education Center in Wales and week two is at Surrey Uni. I'm excited but as far as I know none of my friends are doing it and I was on holiday when the information evening was on so I haven't met anyone else doing it at the same place as me!
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    People waste their time on this?
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    (Original post by xEmilyxx)
    Im currently supposed to be on my second week. The whole program, from a collective view of my experience is designed to keep teens on their best behaviour and to give us something to do. I got told the program is nothing like school, which is a complete lie. Everything feels the same from going to dodgy cheap accommodation to having to follow set routines.

    I spent week 1 in dormitories that reminded me of my most unpleasant high school residentials. There was very little punishments for those who did push the boundaries, but I think they all assumed we would all behave. Some of the activities the centre boasted weren't even being run, and about 7 of the activities ran involved heights. I went home after lunch on the 3rd day and skipped the other days.

    I'm not even doing week 2 on medical grounds. But from the people I know doing it, you get too much freetime with the occasional lectures from charities you can help. This evening there was also a performance by a local band. Yes okay its fun, but I'd rather feel like I'm enriching myself with new skills and being productive rather than being forced into being social for periods of time much longer than I like.

    I guess the whole point of the programme is to make new friends, but when you're the type of person who likes being social in small amounts, being around so many people can be daunting.

    If you're about to go onto the programme this year have fun and enjoy yourself. But I'm telling you now the programme advertises itself as being so much more than it actually is. You'll find yourself getting more out of the other young people around you than NCS itself.
    Our week 2 was nothing like that - we had a public speaking workshop on the first full day of it, with a talent show in the evening. The rest of the days, we learned to use media equipment and went out to get interviews and shots for our short film (since I'm in team Edwards) and learned to use editing software. We didn't have a community partner for that week which may be why we missed some charity stuff but, although we did have free time, it wasn't excessive.

    In week 1 only one of our activities involved heights and that was high ropes! We also had some other decent activities even though we were in tents. Perhaps you drew the short straw with your wave?
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    Our week 2 was nothing like that - we had a public speaking workshop on the first full day of it, with a talent show in the evening. The rest of the days, we learned to use media equipment and went out to get interviews and shots for our short film (since I'm in team Edwards) and learned to use editing software. We didn't have a community partner for that week which may be why we missed some charity stuff but, although we did have free time, it wasn't excessive.

    In week 1 only one of our activities involved heights and that was high ropes! We also had some other decent activities even though we were in tents. Perhaps you drew the short straw with your wave?
    I must have done. It seems unfair though, that depending where you live you'll either get more or less out of it, so overall your entire enjoyment will change. Not consistent at all. When it all boils down to it, it's the certificate that shows you've done it, regardless of whether you have done anything worthwhile in the 4 weeks.
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    (Original post by cherryblossoming)
    I didn't apply before when I had the chance to with my friends, because I didn't think the programme was that great, and am now regretting it.

    I've applied for the same date as my friends, but with it being next week and me being placed on the waiting list, I think it's very unlikely that I do get a place. I'm really conflicted now as to whether I should not do it all, or just f*** it and try to get on any date (I mean the whole point is to make new friends, right?)

    Anyone else in the same situation as me, or are going on a programme without anyone from their school?
    I'm going without anyone from my school too, hopefully it won't be too bad.
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    Starting my first week tomorrow, and I'm concerned. Not about whether I'll be able to make friends or whatever, I'm okay with socialising, I'm just concerned about whether the whole program will actually turn out to be quite ****, because the way the advertisements are all such cringy "fellow kids" stuff and how they're all so optimistic makes me doubtful, along with how everyone seems to either be completely praising everything about it or completely rubbishing everything about it.
 
 
 
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