Another year over....now what's next?
Carrying on with the successful annual programme which has now run for well over a decade and a half, Camp&Trek staged a total of seven different residential courses in 2018, with the the magnificent surroundings of the Scottish Highlands and Islands providing the backdrop for many of them.
Altogether we provided 88 places giving us a significant 10 percent increase on our 2017 numbers. This means more young people were able to have fun, try new skills and enjoy working with others to achieve a common goal. With all the residentials now complete our aim is to try and build on what we have achieved and, subject to funding being available, involve even more youngsters in 2019.
Once again the majority of those places have been taken up by young carers, youngsters who so often have to cope with responsibilities way above their years and experiences.
In 2018 we again, as in the previous year, moved outside of our usual July and August “window” for residential stays with an Easter break hosted by Whitewave Activities on Skye and it went really well for the eight young people and two leaders who took part. We also ran a further two courses with Whitewave over the summer with plenty of smiles and new experiences. And, in a further expansion of our "season" we rounded off the year back in the Trotternish area of the island for our final residential in October.
Also during 2018 we have held a number of residentials working in conjunction with the Abernethy Trust's Ardeonaig centre on the banks of Loch Tay, which as you can see from the photograph, is a truly stunning and inspiring location. Our final course in August was off to the Isle of Mull, thanks to a link with the Roses Charitable Trust, and a new venue of Arle Lodge.
Although we are a small charity and do not have a high profile, 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 with young carers groups although we have also been involved with community based youth action groups who concentrate on disadvantaged young people seen as being at risk of offending or having 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 is always 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01470 542444.
Camp&Trek’s patrons are:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Phil Collins LVO
Michael JP Davies CBE