Our camp at Oaklands Park this year with 84 children and 33 helpers was the largest we have held so far and, despite a fair bit of rain, by all accounts everyone had an enjoyable time. Oaklands Park told us they have some development plans afoot for their farm area and it is uncertain whether we will be able to hold the camp there next year. We will only know at the end of November. With this in mind we are playing safe and scouting around for alternative camp venues, and would be very grateful for all suggestions in this regard. We can also afford to pay something of the order of 2 to 3 thousand depending on numbers, etc.
Many have already asked for next year’s dates and although it is impossible to say with 100% certainty, as this would depend on the venue availability, we are certainly aiming to hold the camp next year from the 21st – 31st July 2018. We will update the web-site accordingly when there is more to say about the venue and to hopefully be able to confirm the dates. Do also have a look at the pictures for the 2017 camp on the site. Apologies if they are a little large and slow to open. They were kindly taken by Bride who was also co-responsible for the Youth Group on the camp so there is a distinct weighting towards the youth although there are certainly plenty of pics of mostly everyone else as well.
NEW ‘YOUTH’ GROUP – we have created a new ‘Youth’ group on the camps over the past 2 years for 14 – 15 yr olds who are too old to be children and too young to be helpers. They are carried in their own group with their own helpers but also have more freedom and responsibilities. This is proving to be a wonderful addition to the camps. However, as we have had such demand for this age group in the past 3 years we have to warn you that we take applications on a strictly first-come first-serve basis. We sadly had to turn several youth away this year as the group was full.
FEES – The camp fee is 1st child – £300; 2nd child – £200; 3rd child – £120. If the fee is too high for you please ask us about the possibility for a reduction. We will never turn your child away because you can’t afford it. There is also the option on the form to pay a little extra to support those who cannot afford the full fee. Many parents do this each year and it is always an enormous help. Thank you so much.
Our camp leaders this year 2017 are Aaron Mirkin, Dominic Corbett and Hagar Geula. We are especially pleased to have Hagar on board this year. Both Hagar and Dom have been camp helpers for many years and bring an amazing creative energy and love to everything they do. This will be Dominic’s 3rd year as camp leader. It will be our/Aaron’s 8th camp run from Stroud.
The basic principle of our camps is really that of creating experiences for the children where they can most wholly and truly be themselves. Every child is precious and has something important to bring to the world, regardless of their apparent challenges.
The camps are organized and run by Aaron Mirkin, Dominic Corbett and Hagar Geula from Stroud, Glos. Aaron is a priest at The Christian Community in Stroud, Dominic is in his final year of university in Edinburgh and Hagar is a Kindergarten teacher in Stroud. Aaron has led many children’s and youth camps in South Africa and England since 2001. Both Hagar and Dominic were part of the original helper team in 2010 when they were still in Class 10! It’s wonderful to see young experienced helpers rising to the leadership of our camps.
Projects have included mosaics, kite-making, leatherwork, candles, steam-cars, beadwork and a sweat-lodge among others. There is no limit to the creative possibilities. Every year we are amazed at the capacity of our helpers and children to come up with new creative ideas in all that they do – and with such community spirit!
Check the photos from all our camps from 2010 – 2015. Hover over the Galleries tab in the menu bar and go down to the year you wish to see. Clicking on this short-cut will only take you to the galleries for 2010, 2011 and 2012. See how we eat, play, work, swim, dance, create, hike, perform, sew, dye, puppeteer, laugh – you name it!