Old and new came together well
In 2016 we managed, as promised, to match the 80 places that we provided last year and once again were involved primarily with young carers, youngsters who so often have to cope with responsibilities way above their years and experiences.
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. It went well and we will be assessing the full potential over the coming weeks.
This year we also broke slightly with 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. Whitewave also ran another three courses over the summer with plenty of smiles thanks to the settled weather we enjoyed.
We used two new centres, the first at Scaladale, a community owned and run outdoor centre on the border between Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. As well as the sheer adventure of just getting there for the 20 young people, the centre did us proud with great food, instructors, activities.
Our second was at Ardeonaig, near Killin, one of the Abernethy Trust centres. Set by the lochside with lovely grounds and spacious accommodation it proved the perfect break for 28 young people who attended over two residentials, offering them the ideal opportunity to get away from their caring responsibilities, some for the first time in their young lives.
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 these 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 contacting our Outdoor Activities Co-ordinator, Agnes Dickson either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01571-844262. We look forward to hearing from you.
Camp&Trek’s patrons are:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The Marquess of Bath
Phil Collins LVO
Michael JP Davies CBE