A new norm...please?
Thanks to COVID things may never be the same again but we remain optimistic that there is still a new norm to come. Unlike 2020 our hopes had been high at the start of 2021 that our regular programme of residentials might yet take place. However, those summer hopes were dashed...but not completely lost!
Rather than do nothing we worked with groups of young carers drawn from different communities and came up with a unique, at least for us, programme to enable these youngsters to quite simply "Do it Local". We offered to help fund and facility activities and events in their own backyard and the response was wonderful! Around 180 young people were able to take part in everything from working together to build and sail their own rafts to canoeing, orienteering, archery and sailing. Others opted for kayaking, climbing, team building and problem solving as well as jungle camps and bush craft. Or in the case of one group it was a short bus ride to Glasgow and a day of energy burning and enthusiasm as they encouraged and helped each other around a giant indoor inflatable assault course!
Not our normal by a long way but still thanks to the wonderful support and incredible encouragement we received throughout the pandemic we were able to touch, improve and make a positive impact on these young lives. Perhaps most importantly of all though we could help reassure them that there is light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel for all! And, if all that was not enough we still managed, against the odds, to organise and successfully stage two four night residential stays north of the border for 24 youngsters during the October school holidays.
Now though we are again looking forward to the future! For summer 2022 a series of four night residentials have been arranged and already the 70 or so places have been filled. In fact demand has far outstripped availability! Although these numbers do not match our pre-COVID past still we see it as a prudent way to proceed. Our Trustees are conscious that while Camp&Trek has continued to function through the pandemic our finances and funding has been reduced. Therefore, to ensure we can continue to operate successfully in the future we are initially taking small steps as part of our overall recovery plan. Still we would like to believe that the present situation is a starting rather than finishing point for our overall programme and this will be continually reviewed as the year progresses.
We have been stunned and amazed although perhaps we should not have been surprised, by the way that everyone has rallied round to ensure the young people we are involved with were not forgotten during such dark times. We are quietly confident that will continue and we hope to see many more smiling young faces over the months ahead.
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 call us on 07765 899650.
Camp&Trek’s patrons are:
Phil Collins LVO
Michael JP Davies CBE