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.
All coreses for the year have now been completed.
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.
Five night residential stays continue to be at the heart of what we do although we are always happy to discuss alternatives.
Although we have again run a course over the Easter period the bulk of our programme in 2017 were held in the months of July and August, which means they do not impact on valuable educational time. However, our arrangements can be flexible and other times of the year would always be considered.
All our courses are heavily subsidised and currently leaders, usually two to a group of eight young people, go free.
These were the venues that we used in 2017
Easter April 10 - 14
July 10 & 15 - Two courses each involving groups of eight young people
The Abernethy Trust's Ardeonaig centre in the scenic and spectacular setting of Loch Tay in Perthshire.
July 16. Five nights with places available for 20 young people
August 6. Again five nights with 20 places
Finally, places for 16 young people were booked with Hebridean Pursuits Ltd at their Tavool House centre on the Isle of Mull. This ran from July 24-29.
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.