Old and new came together well
For 2017 we will once again be providing 80 places with activities taking place at three different centres offering some fantastic settings for young people to have fun, try new skills and enjoy working with others to achieve a common goal.
This year, as last, we will once again be involved primarily with young carers, youngsters who so often have to cope with responsibilities way above their years and experiences.
In 2016, as well as providing the usual mix of team and confidence building, a chance to make new friends and have some good old fashioned fun, we were also able to add a new element to our programme. A pilot course was held to introduce an element of Mindfulness training aimed at enabling these young people to return home feeling far more self-confident and able to deal with their day to day issues, pressures and stresses.
As we did in 2016 this year we once again broke with recent tradition and strayed outside our usual July and August “window” to run a course over the Easter break. It was hosted by Whitewave Activities on Skye and it went really well for the eight young people and two leaders who took part. We will be running a further two coures with Whitewave over the summer with plenty of smiles expected and new experiences anticipated.
As well as returning to the Abernethy Trust's Ardeonaig centre on the banks of Loch Tay we are also trying a new venue this time, with a link up to the Roses Charitable Trust on the Isle of Mull.
We are a small charity, we do not have a high profile, but we do believe we make a big difference in the lives of young people. We offer them the chance to discover that the world has so much to offer and they have so much to offer it.
In recent years we have worked primarily with young carers groups and they, once again, formed the bulk of those attending. In addition we also worked with community based youth action groups who are involved with very disadvantaged young people seen as being at risk of offending or have come to the attention of the justice system.
Our courses are highly subsidised and we are always ready to discuss costs and the needs of different groups. Under its charitable status, Camp&Trek has a wide remit in regard to young people and would always be willing to chat about the possibility of working with groups from different backgrounds.
It may be possible to tailor courses to meet the needs of certain young people so give us a ring or drop us an email to find out more. This can be done in the first instance by either by emailing email@example.com or telephone 01470 542444.
Camp&Trek’s patrons are:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The Marquess of Bath
Phil Collins LVO
Michael JP Davies CBE