Are You Ready To Make A Difference?

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You must be 16 or over to apply for the Aspiring Leaders Programme.

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Being a D of E on Kirklees Summer Play Camp is simply one of the most rewarding voluntary opportunities you could possibly wish for.

So, do you want to spend your 5 day residential with us all at Kirklees Summer Play Camp?

You must be 16 or over to apply for the D of E Aspiring Leaders. To apply for the 2021 D of E Aspiring Leaders Programme:

D of E Booking Page -
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D of E Assisted Place Booking Page - Fully Booked

Camp Dates 2021 – D of E volunteers

Camp 1 - Sunday 25th - Thursday 29th July

Camp 2 - Thursday 29th - Monday 2nd August

Camp 3 - Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th August

Camp 4 - Saturday 7th - Wednesday 11th August

Camp 5 - Thursday 12th - Monday 16th August

Camp 6 - Monday 16th - Friday 20th August

Your skills and learning


You will be paired with an experienced group leader who will guide you through your time with us and you will spend most of your time working with children. Along with the rest of the volunteers you will also help with cooking, serving and clearing up. We will help you to think about the skills you need to develop and tailor some of your activities to this so you can make the most of your time with us. If you would like to, there may be a possibility to plan and lead an activity with other D of E's. Most importantly, apart from your learning, you will leave us knowing that you have made a difference to the lives of children on an experience they will remember for a long time.

The Cost

The cost for each D of E volunteer is £81.34 which includes all meals, refreshments (lots of crisps, biscuits and pop!), the use of a tent and roll mat and personal support throughout your time with us. If you are from a low income family we offer a subsidised place for £40.80. Choose the subsidised place form when booking.

Working Induction

The working induction on 24th July will start with a briefing about summer camp followed by a tour of the site. Parents are welcome to attend this session. After that we would really value the help of D of E's in pitching tents and getting the site ready for children. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. We understand that some volunteers may be able to attend the working induction due to distance or family commitments. If us let us know so we can share information with you.

Coming to Camp


Volunteers should arrive at the camp site at 11:30am. A pick up can be made from Darton Rail Station by prior arrangement. Please call or text 07745 284983 to arrange this. If you are travelling a long distance by train give us a call to discuss the best travel and pick up options. If you wish you can return by the children’s coaches to Dewsbury Bus Station. If space allows there may be the possibility of travelling to Huddersfield Bus Station – this will be organised during the time that you are at Camp.

A Handy Handbook

After completing a 5 day residential as part of the Gold D of E Award, lots of volunteers go onto have successful experiences at college, university and beyond - using the valuable and transferable skills from Summer Camp. The majority of our full time camp staff successfully completed the D of E Aspriring Leaders Programme. Could You Be Next ?

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