Residential courses, in the main run over five nights, again formed the core of our activities in 2018 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 the Scottish Highlands and Islands 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.
In 2018 we were able to offer extra places for young people, something which, subject to funding, we would like to see happen again in 2019. Once more residential courses, hopefully spread through Spring, Summer and Autumn will form the core of what we do. One change for the coming year though is that the residential stays are likely to be four night - arriving on Mondays and departing on Fridays - rather that the mainly five night stays we have offered in the past. This change has been prompted by discussions with our user groups, most of whom felt the new format would be easier for them to organise staffing arrangements while still giving young people a significant and beneficial respite stay.
To date our experience has shown that young people thrive in the fantastic settings we can offer them 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.
All places for our 2018 programme have been filled. However, we are already looking ahead to 2019 so if any groups of young people are interested and would like to find out more than do please get in touch.
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.
Four and five night residential stays, combining a chance to enjoy the Great Outdoors and for young people to work as a team to discover more about their own and others strengths and abilities, will continue to be at the heart of what we do, although we are always willing to discuss alternatives.
All our courses are heavily subsidised and currently leaders, usually two to a group of eight young people, go for free.
The 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, October 16-19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We always are happy to discuss your group's particular needs and requirements so please feel free to contact us and find out more.