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What's it all about?

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.

Get some credits from ASDAN

As well as having lots of fun and gaining valuable life skills from the Youth Adventure Programme, you’ll also earn ASDAN credits. These credits are nationally recognised and will look really good when you go to apply for courses or jobs in the future. You can get up to three credits while you’re with us, one for each of the three camps. You’ll receive a certificate from ASDAN showing your credits at the end of our programme. These credits are evidence of all the effort you have put in during the camps, and the progress you have made throughout your time with us. If you’d like to know more about ASDAN get in touch with us, or you can have a look on their website, www.asdan.org.uk. There’s also the possibility that your school might be delivering some ASDAN courses, so you could ask someone at school about it too.

 

Who'll be there?

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.

 

Important stuff

  • NO COST: It’s free – you won’t have to pay anything or need any special kit to take part.
  • TRAVEL: We’ll pick you up in a coach from a school near to where you live and take you to the camp. We’ll send you a letter before the trip to tell you where and what time you’ll need to meet the coach.
  • KIT LISTS: We’ll also send you a list of what you need to bring with you, but don’t worry, you don’t need any special clothes or kit to take part. Just make sure you bring old clothes and plenty of pairs of socks! You can also see a copy of the kit lists in our Documents section. View the Kit lists here.
  • CONTACT DETAILS: Don’t forget to tell us if your address or telephone number change, or if there’s anything else you’d like to let us know - get in touch through the Contact Us page.

Youth Adventure Programme

 

EXPLORE DAY

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.

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MOUNTAIN CAMP

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.

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ACTIVITY DAY

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.

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COASTAL CAMP

The second camp in your Youth Adventure Programme is the Coastal Camp which will be in the half term holiday at the end of May/beginning of June when you’re in Year 8 at school. We’ll spend 3 days camping on Brownsea Island which is just off the coast of Poole in Dorset.
 
You’ll meet up with the same group of young people and have the chance to try out sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and raft building as well as team games and challenges. You’ll be able to keep building your self confidence and team work skills.
 
We’ll make sure you’ve got all the equipment you need for the camp, including a tent, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing and of course all the safety kit you need. You’ll just need to bring plenty of changes of clothes and some spare trainers. We’ll send you a clothing kit list nearer the time or you can have a look at the Kit list here.

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FOREST CAMP

The last camp in your Youth Adventure Programme is the Forest Camp which will be in the summer holidays in between Year 8 and Year 9. We’ll camp in the Forest of Dean for 6 days and you’ll have the chance to try lots of different activities including archery, a river canoe journey and a ropes challenge course, as well as building your own shelter and cooking over a campfire.
 
This camp is aimed at developing your independence and learning about taking responsibility, as well as having fun in the outdoors. You’ll need to work together and support your team mates to make sure you get the most from the experience.
 
All you’ll need to bring is the clothing from your Kit list. as we’ll have everything else you need for the camp.

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PATHWAY DAY

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.

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