Ditto! Literally dragged to the pick up point. Fiercest looks ever thrown at me, barely said goodbye. Didn't want to come back home at the end and like you many friends still about. Best thing is that they mix comp schools with private schools kids.
My daughter reluctantly took part in this a few years ago, however, she loved every minute of it! Made and has still got some good friends, not to mention the skills and experiences as well. Money well spent!!
My son's confidence grew so much through doing NCS. He hated school and did not have many friends. He decided to do NCS before going to 6th Form College - mainly for the 'holiday' first week. It was during the week of sorting out the charity sponsorship did he get the most out of the course. He volunteered to phone local companies to request donations for the charity they were promoting. He went to 6th Form with much more confidence and the ability to make friends. He loved 6th Form and absolutely blossomed. He is now studying at Cambridge University.
You'll usually get it for less than £50 as they have incentives to get sign ups as they never reach capacity. Each place probably costs around £1,000 to the taxpayer so make sure if your kid signs up, they actually turn up and don't drop out.