WHO WE ARE
Kirklees Summer Camp has been running for over 40 years. The camp leaders are Duncan and Jane Haywood who received MBEs for their work at camp in 2005. The volunteers have a wide range of backgrounds including education and health and most of the volunteers are students. All of us love spending our summers in a field giving a great opportunity to children.
What is now Kirklees Summer Camp began in the late 1960s - a time in which young people were becoming more frustrated with the way they were being treated in society. To try and build relationships between different communities it aimed to give children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, a chance to have fun outdoors, play games and learn new skills in a relaxed environment - aims it still has today.
In the wake of unrest across the UK, money was made available for summer camps that would help bring young people together and help improve social cohesion.
Camp is for children aged 9 to 12 years (12 year olds must have just finished year 7), inclusive and is run by an experienced voluntary organization that is staffed by teachers, and experienced volunteers all of whom are DBS checked.
The camp allows groups of about 75 children to spend 4 days (including 3 nights) in the country. Each of the three nights are spent in tents surrounded by open countryside. The children share 4 person tents, they sleep on roll mats in the cosy inner compartment. Children do not need any special equipment, just sensible clothing, footwear and a sleeping bag (although this can be provided if necessary).
At camp we organise a number of large games and events for you such as camp’s got talent, a waterslide, a disco and a camp fire. We also have a range of different activities to choose from including archery, arts and crafts and kite making. Between the organised activities you have a have a range of sport and games equipment including football, basketball, badminton, snooker and table football. Of course you can just chill out and chat with your friends too.