The Camp is going ahead!
Some have enquired whether the camp will be able to go ahead as planned considering that many of the restrictions will not be lifted as planned on the 21st June and may now be lifted on the 19th July. We had already contemplated such a situation and have sought advice from a lawyer who has been advising businesses, schools and charities during the past year as regards legal adherence to the various guidelines. In a conversation with her earlier this week we were really relieved and happy to hear that she was able to confidently assure us that we would be legally able to go ahead.
We are delighted to be able to hold our camp again at the same wonderful 2019 venue for our annual Children’s Summer Camp. It really works well. Colin Godman’s Farm (see the location map under the Camp 2021 tab in the menu bar) just outside Forest Row in Sussex is a large biodynamic farm with cattle and sheep which is rented and run by Jayne and Michael Duveen who have very generously offered to host us. We are grateful too that the farm owners, Paul and Isabelle Manweiler are equally supportive of this initiative. Colin Godman’s has absolutely everything we dreamed of – 3 lakes for safe swimming, streams, forest, open fields, great hiking options, large barns and outbuildings, and the very generous offer to store our camp kit on the farm. The farm is also near to Haywards Heath train station (20min) and Gatwick airport (30min) which will be a great help for fetching children and helpers coming from afar. There are also other biodynamic farms in the area where we can source best quality veggies, fruit, dairy products, meat and more.
FEES – The camp fee is 1st child – £380; 2nd child – £280; 3rd child – £180. 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.
If you would like to be considered as a helper for our next camp then please fill in the application form here. It can also be found at the bottom of the Camp 2021 page under the section ‘For Potential Helpers’
Our camp leaders for 2021 are Aaron Mirkin, Dominic Corbett, Iona Charter, Phileighda Finch and Johnny Back. Our cooks once again will be Cordelia Eggbeer-Linde and Sarah Gerrard with Catharine Linde as our wise and experienced camp nurse. The camp leader team have all been involved in our camps either as children, helpers or leaders since they began in the Forest of Dean in 2010 and bring an amazing creative energy and love to everything they do. It will be our/Aaron’s 11th camp run from Stroud and 21st camp since Aaron’s first one in Germany 1997 and later in South Africa (2001 – 2008)
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 together with the leadership team from Stroud, Glos. Aaron is a priest at The Christian Community in Stroud and has led many children’s and youth camps in South Africa and England since 2001.
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 – 2017. Hover over the Galleries tab in the menu bar and go down to the year you wish to see. See how we eat, play, work, swim, dance, create, hike, perform, sew, dye, puppeteer, laugh – you name it!