Following a hugely successful training camp in April for our first tranche of camp counsellors, there will be a second camp run in partnership with The Summer Camps Trust.

The course will be fully residential with morning, afternoon and evening sessions each day. There will be discussion and practical sessions of both indoor and outdoor activities. You will be expected to attend the whole course and join in all sessions.

All tuition and training is free, but you will be asked to make a contribution to cover 50% of your board and lodging costs.

When is it?

The training course dates will be published very soon.

Where is it?

The training camp will be held at the wonderful campus of Padworth College, just outside Reading.


What are the criteria for attending?

We require that those attending the course be eligible to work in the UK. You will need to provide a written reference from an appropriate person who knows you well, confirming that you are suitable to work residentially with children, also to provide evidence of an up-to-date DBS check, or be willing to have one done prior to attending.

How do I get there?

You will need to arrange and pay for your own travel. Lifts will be available from rail or bus stations in Reading. Instructions for those coming by car will be sent nearer the event.

Am I committed to working at Summer Camp?

We will ask you to make yourself available for work on Summer Camp 2019, however you are not bound to this and there is a (hardly ever used) get-out clause on both sides. Anyone who felt after the training course that working in summer camps was after all not for them would be free to say so and withdraw from their commitment. Equally, we reserve the right to refuse for summer camp work anyone who they feel has shown they are not suited to working at camp. Neither of these is likely to happen and almost all trainees are left eager to try it out for real in a Summer Camp.

What’s in it for me?

For many volunteer counsellors the experience can be life-changing and for all it offers enormous benefits - increased confidence, organisational and management skills, the ability to work successfully with people, and a positive attitude to life in general. Many former volunteer leaders who have moved on to hold high powered jobs in later life have often paid tribute to all they gained from being given such thorough training and real responsibility at a young age.

Time spent on a Summer Camp with children is also enormously enjoyable. It helps one understand the value of doing things not because they earn you a lot of money but because they are worthwhile, fulfilling and fun.

Working at camp provides a great addition to a university or job personal statement and CVs. The training week can also count as a residential course for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

What kit will I need?

A full kit list will be sent out with the joining instructions one month before the course but any technical equipment required will be provided by us as well as suitable wear for activities if required.

How much will it cost?

All tuition and training is free, but you will be asked to make a contribution of £75 to cover 50% of your board and lodging costs.

More questions?

If you have any more questions on the training week or on any aspect of getting involved then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.