Creative Camping

Supporting disabled and non-disabled teenagers to spend time together throughout the year at wilderness camps, encouraging self-agency, positive risk taking, cooperation, friendship and inclusion.
Supporting disabled and non-disabled teenagers to spend time together throughout the year at wilderness camps, encouraging self-agency, positive risk taking, cooperation, friendship and inclusion.

Creative Camping hold residential and, due to the pandemic, online activities for disabled and non-disabled young people. 

The project supports teenagers and young adults to spend time together in nature as well as online and encourages self-agency, positive risk taking, cooperation, friendship and inclusion. 

Camps are run co-operatively, and everyone joins in cooking, collecting firewood, map reading and entertaining each other.  The camps are supported by veteran campers but mainly run by a team of young people who have been camping with us for years. The training and confidence building for these young leaders cuts across all our youth projects and we now have an extraordinary competent and confident young team.

Since the start of the pandemic and the national lockdown restrictions, we have offered several socially distanced day camps as well as zoom sessions as a vital source of interaction. 

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What’s Next for Creative Camping?

Feedback for the zoom sessions has been overwhelmingly positive and we continue to offer three online activities a week, for the foreseeable future while government COVID restrictions remain.
To complement online sessions, we will continue with provide outdoor activities per month.We will expand our group, without losing the intimate setting that has developed over the past nine months, welcoming new young people through the Of Course We Can programme of activities for disabled and non-disabled young people in Spring and Summer 2021.
Overcoming digital inclusion barriers are key to more young people joining the onlinecamping community who are unable to access the online activities due tolack of IT skills or a device. We are evaluating the extent of these barriers and creating personal plans to overcome issues for individuals as part of our wider digital inclusion programme across all projects.
The pandemic is far from over for those who are clinically vulnerable, and we hope that we can continue to support our community for as long as is needed.