For 92 years volunteers from the Rotary Club of Derby have assisted Toc H for one evening at their summer camp for less privileged kids. For two weeks, every year at the Polo Ground in Osmaston numerous Toc H volunteers run this tented camp where 128 young people from around Derby can enjoy diverse activities and make new friends.
The 36 Members of Derby Rotary set up and run eight different challenges which the kids have to quickly get to grips with and compete for team points. Ten minutes is allocated for each task and then they rush over to the next one. Each team comprises eight or so girls and as many boys. The activities can be old fashioned skittles, javelin type darts, goal scoring, ball-in-a-drainpipe manoeuvring, hoop-la and welly-wanging. All the equipment is brought along for the evening by the Rotary Club.
Toc H is an international charity and membership movement that emerged from a soldiers’ club in Poperinge, Belgium during World War I. The name Toc H is derived from Talbot House, the name of its first permanent base. Toc H is approaching its centenary (December 2018), and it continues to work within the community to ease the burden of others and bring together disparate parts of society. Toc H’s headquarters are in the UK but there are members and branches in Belgium, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, France and elsewhere.