In 2015 we turned 85 years young. Here’s a little bit about our history.
On 10th April 1930 YHA was established on a shoestring by a band of passionate pioneers determined to enable young people to escape to the countryside and enjoy leisure pursuits on a scale only previously possible for the wealthy.
Here’s a little context…
The early 1930s were austere but revolutionary times. The Great Depression had hit, inner city living conditions were harsh and unemployment was rapidly rising; the benefits system was undergoing substantial reform; and the longstanding countryside access campaign was to come to a head in direct action on 24 April 1932, with the mass trespass of Kinder Scout.
Against this backdrop YHA was formed “to help all, but especially young people, to a greater knowledge, use and love of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels.”
As times have changed, we’ve developed and adapted to meet the needs of each new generation but our core aim remains the same: to create unique opportunities for young people to grow through new experiences of adventure and discovery. YHA Summer Camps are the ultimate expression of this aim.
Find out more about YHA (England & Wales) at YHA.org.uk.
This is the 12th year of YHA Summer Camps. Year on year, we strive to make our camps the best they can be.
Each autumn, when the camps are over, we enter into a period of consultation and review to ensure that participants and parents are happy with all elements of the camps.
Thanks to the comprehensive feedback received, we can confidently state that YHA Summer Camps are achieving all that they’re designed to deliver.
If you’d like to find out more, the YHA Impact Review is packed with facts, figures and testimonies.