Dear visitors, families and friends,
Dear helpers and children,
it is with deepest regret that we have had to take the bitter decision to cancel our Summer Camp this year 2020. It will be the first time we’ve had to cancel in 11 unbroken years of summer camps in England. We have held out our hopes that there might be some positive signs for the coming summer, but no luck. It is certain that distancing measures will still be very much in place for some months to come and there is no way that we could implement them in the context of our camp even if we were to have smaller numbers!
A separate mailing will go out to all those who have already applied. Those that have already paid will receive a full refund.
One thing that might help our dear children who we know will be disappointed, is the possibility of having a copy or two of our camp song book to open up and sing from and conjure up a mini camp vibe wherever they are and whenever they like. They are used copies but still in good nick and we will pick out the best ones for you. We are offering the song-books for sale – you choose your own price between £10 – £30 – and we’ll post them to you. Click here if you are interested. As all the books are at the farm near Forest Row and we are in Stroud, it may be a month or two before we get the chance to fetch them and post them off to you.
We will miss you all but hope very much to be able to see each other strong and well next summer.
We are delighted to be able to hold our camp again at the same wonderful 2018 venue for our annual Children’s Summer Camp. It really works well. Colin Godman’s Farm (see the location map under the Camp 2020 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, hiking, large barn 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 – £370; 2nd child – £270; 3rd child – £170. 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 2020 page under the section ‘For Potential Helpers’
Our camp leaders for 2020 are Aaron Mirkin, Dominic Corbett, Iona Charter and Hagar Geula. Dominic, Iona and Hagar have been camp helpers for many years and bring an amazing creative energy and love to everything they do. This will be Hagar’s 5th year and Iona’s 4th as camp leader. It will be our/Aaron’s 11th camp run from Stroud and 20th camp since Aaron’s first one in Germany 1997. (Apologies Iona for the detached pic… =))
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, Iona Charter and Hagar Geula from Stroud, Glos. Aaron is a priest at The Christian Community in Stroud, Hagar is a Kindergarten teacher in Stroud and Iona is studying Liberal Arts at the University of Leeds. Aaron has led many children’s and youth camps in South Africa and England since 2001. Hagar was part of the original helper team in 2010 when she was still in Class 10 and Iona since 2011 when she was in Class 9! 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 – 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!