The Youth Adventure Programme is a series of adventure camps and day activities which take place over 3 school years, from Year 7 to Year 9. Each day or camp will have different activities so you’ll get to try lots of different things, from caving, canoeing and climbing to archery, sailing and circus skills. The camps are completely free of charge and you won’t need any special kit or equipment to take part. The activities are designed to be fun and also help you to challenge yourself and learn about working in a team.
There will be up to 40 young people on your Youth Adventure Programme who will all come from different schools and groups across Swindon and Wiltshire. The same young people will be on all of your trips, so once you’ve met them at the first one, you’ll know everyone for the rest of the programme. You’ll be in a different activity group for each of the camps with around 9 other young people. There’ll also be 3 Youth Adventure Trust volunteer staff with you, and an activity instructor, who will be qualified and experienced in the activity you are doing.
The Explore Day is the first part of your Youth Adventure Programme and it will be on a Saturday or Sunday in June while you’re in Year 7. It’s a chance for you to try a few activities and meet other young people and Youth Adventure Trust volunteer staff. We’ll spend the day at an outdoor activity centre called Mill on the Brue and have a go at tunnelling, grass tobogganing and other team challenges. Mill on the Brue isn’t far from Wiltshire; just over the border into Somerset, so it won’t take too long to get there.
We’ll pick you up from near to where you live and all travel together on a coach. All you’ll need to bring with you is a packed lunch and a change of clothes.
The Mountain Camp is the first camp in your Youth Adventure Programme. It’ll be for 6 days in August in the summer holidays between Year 7 and Year 8 at school. We’ll travel together on a coach to Maes y Fron Farm which is in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. The camp is a chance to get to know the other young people and experience being away from home, staying in a tent and adventuring in the outdoors. The activities include canoeing, caving, gorge walking and climbing, plus an overnight mountain expedition!
You’ll have the chance to challenge yourself and set your own goals, as well as lots of team work activities. You’ll start work on your Record of Achievement and begin to develop new skills and build self confidence.
You don’t need to bring any special kit or equipment for the camp as we’ll have everything you need; from your tent and sleeping bag to waterproof clothing and wellies. We’ll send you a clothing kit list nearer the time or you can have a look at the Kit list here.
In between the Mountain and Coastal Camps we’ll be running some Activity Days in the October half term, February half term and Easter holidays. There’ll be things like art, set design and film production, animation, music technology, team challenge events or woodland adventures to choose from.
These activities will all take place in Wiltshire and we’ll provide transport to make sure you can get there.
The last part of your Youth Adventure Programme are the Pathway Days which will be when you’re in Year 9 at school. These are 3 different activity days which will be in the October half term, Easter holidays and at a weekend day in June.
As well as meeting up with the other young people from your course again and having a go at some activities, you’ll have the chance to find out about other organisations and activities going on in your local area. We hope you'll be inspired to get involved in some of these after your Youth Adventure Trust programme has ended.
I feel more confident about talking to people, taking part in more things to what I would normally. I feel more confident by getting to know myself and who I really am.
I had a great time. I loved it for the whole time I was there. I enjoyed the activities 100% and can’t wait for the next camp.