Four night residential courses form the core of our activities 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.
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 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 enable 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
Our 2022 programme is now well underway with every one of the 70 or so places we provided quickly snapped up.
This year our four night residentials, spread through July and August, are based in the magical surroundings of Glencoe with activities organised by Hebridean Pursuits Outdoor Learning while other young people will be spending quality time at Abernethy Barcaple. There they can enjoy its secluded setting in the rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway near Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright. Both venues provide wonderful opportunities for all those taking part.
Four 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, continue to be at the heart of what we do, although we are always willing to discuss alternatives. We work primarily with young carers but are happy to chat about the possibility of involvement with young people from all walks of life. All our courses are heavily subsidised and currently leaders, usually two to a group of eight young people, go for free.