The Summer Camps Trust has been set up to raise the profile of well-run residential summer camps in Britain, and to highlight the good things that would follow if many more of our children, teenagers and young adults were able to go to camp.
Improved children’s happiness and wellbeing
Better family life
Better education system
Better parenting skills
Better fitness and mental health of our population
Better life in general for our nation
“The Happiest Weeks of their Lives”
Every year millions of children and teenagers all over the world spend time at summer camps and say that these are among the happiest weeks of their lives, where they’ll play in green fields, explore the countryside, laugh and chat, enjoy songs and stories at bedtime, make friends, learn new activities, face new challenges, discover new talents and interests and enjoy spending time with other people.
“A Profound Influence on their Development”
Research has shown that time spent at camp has a profound influence on the development of young people and their attitudes to the world around them, as well as being a hugely enjoyable experience.
But, only 2% of the UK’s children currently take part
Despite the vast benefits, only 2% of the UK’s children currently take part in Summer Camps every year, so the Summer Camps Trust has set out on a mission to raise awareness and encourage young people’s participation in summer camps.
What are the benefits of summer camps for young people?
The Trust is run by a Board of Trustees of summer camp experts with a broad and comprehensive knowledge of summer camp provision in the UK. The board includes representatives from each of the main political parties, and has wide and enthusiastic support in the educational and outdoor industries.
Notable progress for Summer Camps:
The National Citizen Service (which is an enthusiastic member of the Summer Camps Trust) has done much to show the way. By 2020 they should have over half of the nation’s 16 year-olds taking part. The remarkable outcomes they have seen from the residential parts of their programmes (very like summer camps) demonstrate how powerful and life-changing such experiences can be.
Learning Away‘s “Brilliant Residentials” campaign, launched by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (warm supporters of the Summer Camps Trust) is working to increase the number of school residential sessions. Their research shows the many benefits residential experience gives. As Professor Sir Tim Brighouse has said, “A week’s residential can benefit a child as much as a whole term in the classroom – that is how powerful such sessions can be.”
We need your support
The Summer Camps Trust would like to hear from people who support its aims and could help to achieve them, by spreading the word about summer camps and the benefits they bring, by getting articles in the press or mentions on radio and TV, by donating money towards the appointment of a Development Officer, by getting MPs or opinion formers on board, by offering PR or fundraising skills, or just by telling as many people as possible about summer camps and how wonderful they are for children and young people.