We have had to push our camp to a week later than originally planned as we only recently discovered that the holiday dates for most State schools are also a week later than usual although most of the Waldorf schools are not. Last year 23 of the children who came on the camp come from non-Waldorf schools and we feel very strongly about making the camps accessible to children from all schools. Apologies if this change has caused any inconvenience.
2016 CAMP DATES: We are delighted to announce that our next camp will take place from the 23rd July – 2nd August 2016 again at the beautiful Oaklands Park Farm in the Forest of Dean near Newnham. It is the venue where our first camp took place in 2010 and is a truly perfect location with all that we could possibly hope for. We had a wonderful camp there for 2015 with 63 children and 31 youth helpers from 6 different countries!
Click on the Camp 2016 menu tab for more details. The Application Forms and Information Sheet for 2016 are now up-dated and ready and available to download. The photos from 2010 – 2015 are finally all up! (Better late than never) Just hover over the Galleries tab in the menu and click below on the year you want to view. If you know someone who would be willing to come along and take pictures during our camps please do let us know.
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.
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 and Judy Mirkin from Stroud, Glos. Aaron is a priest at The Christian Community in Stroud and Judy is a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher. Together they have led many children’s and youth camps in South Africa and England since 2001. For the past three years we have also enjoyed the gifts and enthusiasm of three other camp leaders, Jessica Mirkin, Johnny Back and Dominic Corbett. Both Johnny 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!