Residential courses, run over five nights, again formed the core of our activities in 2017 offering a wonderful variety of adventure and fun activities in some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring scenery that the UK has to offer.
The breath-taking beauty of Skye and the Scottish Highlands provide the kind of back drop in which young people can thrive and while our programme is based around fun, there is also a serious side to it. We want our young participants to experience the thrill of helping a friend succeed, of discovering that they have skills they never knew they had and of finding out that working as a team doesn't just benefit the individual but everyone.
Despite the difficult financial situation we have now been able to offer 80 places in each of the last three years. For 2018 we would hope to add at least another eight places, subject to the necessary funding being available.
To date our experience has shown that young people thrive in such fantastic settings and the incredible backdrops allow them to enjoy new challenges and experiences which they are never likely to forget.
Our annual programme brings the best out of the young people who attend, allowing them to meet with others from a similar background, share their experiences, cares, concerns and successes, while giving them a more positive outlook on their own lives.
The courses are deliberately intended to give these young people a real break from their own caring responsibilities and a chance to have fun and just enjoy being young. However, there is no doubt that they come away with more self-confidence in their own abilities and a better idea of their potential and some of the possibilities that are open to them.
In the recent past we have concentrated much of our efforts on working with young carers, those who can miss out on so much that life has to offer. However, we are interested in being involved with other young people, no matter what walk of life they are drawn from. Hopefully our programme gives them a glimpse of the opportunities open to them and adds fresh focus to their lives.
While Camp&Trek continues to allow young people the chance to explore and enjoy the Great Outdoors, often for the very first time, we also aim to open their eyes to new opportunities and allow them to not only discover strengths and skills they did not know they had, but to return to their own communities more confident and self-aware.
While still in the early stages of planning we are now looking for expressions of interest in our 2018 programme.
Although we work primarily with young carers we are always happy to discuss the possibility of involvement with young people from all walks of life. Bearing that in mind if you are involved with a group who would like to take advantage of our programme in 2018, we would love to hear from you and the sooner the better.
Four and five night residential stays look likely to continue to be at the heart of what we do although we are always happy to discuss alternatives.
All our courses are heavily subsidised and currently leaders, usually two to a group of eight young people, go free.
The provisional list of dates and venues for 2018 are as follows:
Whitewave Activity Centre, Isle of Skye http://www.white-wave.co.uk/
Easter Apr 9-12 , July 9-14, July 16-21
Ardeonaig Craggan, Loch Tay http://www.abernethy.org.uk/our-centres/ardeonaig/
July 9-13, July 15-20 & August 5-10
Arle Lodge, Isle of Mull http://www.arlelodge.co.uk/
August 13 - 18
So if you are involved with young people who you feel might benefit from our programme, then why not call us on 01470 542444 or email email@example.com
We always are happy to discuss your group's particular needs and requirements so please feel free to contact us and find out more.