For some young people, being away from family and friends can be unsettling. Our teams on camp recognise this and do everything to ensure each young person feels welcomed and settled as soon as possible.
In the nicest possible way, we don’t want youngsters missing friends and family too much. So by keeping campers busy with fun and challenging activities, keeping them well fed, and not actively encouraging calls home, we can prevent homesickness. However, for various reasons, sometimes homesickness can prevent a few campers from having a great time. When this happens we will get in touch with the parents or guardians and work with them to help the young person through their feelings of homesickness.
Health and Safety
The safety of young people is a priority at all our camps. We insist on high standards of health and safety by applying strict management standards developed in line with Health & Safety legislation and good practice. We are approved by many Local Authorities and youth organisations and all camps and activities are risk assessed.
If there is an accident at camp involving your child we will contact you immediately using the contact information you provide on the booking form. In the unlikely event of an emergency occurring when we are unable to contact you or your alternative contact, we will have to make certain decisions on your behalf in your child’s best interests. We have staff with first aid qualifications on site and pre-established contact with local doctors, dentists and hospitals in case of emergencies.
Our People, Partners and Accreditation
All instructors are appropriately qualified and experienced in working with young people. We work with activity partners who are experienced in running fun, safe and rewarding activities; many are licensed by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALS). Our staff and instructors will run all daytime activities.
YHA volunteer team leaders will lead evening activities. They are also on hand throughout to help, encourage and support campers.
Upon arrival, campers will be divided into pastoral care groups of up to 12. Each group has a designated team leader who will act as a role model, mentor and friend. They care for each young person’s well-being and are there to ensure they have an unforgettable summer camp experience.
Our volunteer team leaders are young adults who have been carefully selected for their experience and enthusiasm. They all have previous experience of working with young people in a summer camp or similar environment and will be subject to a DBS check or national equivalent before volunteering at camp.
YHA believes that everyone who attends a YHA Summer Camp has the right to feel safe, respected and valued. The safety and well-being of all individuals involved is paramount. Our aim is to ensure that all individuals attending camp feel safe from being bullied and all other forms of harassment.
No form of bullying will be tolerated and all incidents will be addressed in accordance with the YHA Summer Camps Anti-Bullying Policy.
To start things off on the right foot, we ask all attendees to sign a Contract of Behaviour upon arrival. It’s important that each individual understands what’s expected of them and what they can expect of each other.