Summer Camps Trust
The Summer Camps Trust is a recently established Charity, with the aim of highlighting and raising the benefits that summer camps can have for young people and raises the profile of well-run residential summer camps in Britain so that more young people may benefit from these remarkable opportunities.
Summer camps are residential breaks held in country mansions, outdoor centres or sometimes under canvas where 8-15 yr olds from all over the UK meet up for a week or so and have a great holiday together.
Affordable Summer Camps
Book a seven day residential holiday, including Accompanied Travel to and from the camp (selected destinations). Our 2019 Affordable Summer Camps will run across two sessions in August 2019, from three beautiful locations.
How the Trust is Making a Start
In August 2019 the Trust will be promoting a programme of affordable summer camps aimed at recruiting five hundred 9 to 15 year-olds who have never yet tried a residential summer camp and giving them a great experience at a very low cost.
The Trust will also be recruiting and training 70 – 80 young adults, aged at least 17 ½ to work as volunteer leaders in summer camps. They will take part in seven-day fully residential training weeks during the Easter holidays.
The Benefits of Summer Camps
On summer camps children have the chance to just be children, away from the pressures of school and the commercial world.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Exploring, playing in the woods and taking part in activities in the Great Outdoors makes children fitter, happier and more relaxed.
Children will be encouraged to try new things, and in the process they often discover new hobbies or talents, and often find they enjoy things they didn’t expect to enjoy.
Social Skills and Mixing
On a summer camp, children will meet others from diverse backgrounds and live closely with them in a community. They learn to be tolerant, understanding and learn to value their own contribution to the community.
Wellbeing and Mental Health
Summer camps provide a different rhythm of life and, for many, a much needed change where they are able to spend their days playing outdoors, eating well and sleeping soundly. Through having fun together and living within a community atmosphere, young people feel valued and more positive.
Great Young Leaders
The young adults who work with the children on summer camps are positive role models, providing a rare opportunity for a child to interact with an adult who is not part of the family unit or a teacher. Their leader will care for them, offer them support and advice when needed, and always be there for them throughout the week.
The Trust’s members are a diverse group of practitioners and supporters of Summer Camps in the UK:
Members pay an annual subscription to the Trust.