Family Summer Camp 23 August – 1 September

PLEASE NOTE: The date for this event has changed. The old dates were from 26th August to 4th September.

Our family summer camp at Bamford runs for 10 days, from Wednesday 23rd August to Friday 1st September. We will start with a shared supper on arrival day and finish with a closing session to say our goodbyes after lunch on leaving day.

The event is for families and helpers only, most suited to those with school-age children, and is open to Quakers and others. We need everyone to respect the wildlife, the woodlands, and each other, with the adults in the families being responsible for their children’s safety and behaviour – and if difficulties arise, it is a golden opportunity to practice non-violent conflict resolution!

Activities:                 What happens reflects what all of us, children and adults, identify as our hopes and needs, what we can between us all offer as activities, and a realistic assessment of our individual and combined energy and enthusiasm. Most activities will be outdoors so please bring suitable clothing, as well as torches, insect repellant, sun cream, etc.

In previous years, among other things, we went swimming in Hathersage open air pool; made translucent tissue-paper bowls and window decorations; met old friends and made new ones; had lots of bonfires and cooked on the campfire; played Dungeons and Dragons; had a gymnastic class and display; rebuilt the den; did gentle Qigong in the meadow; went boulder climbing and for walks short and long; made angel-sticks and poi and learnt how to use them; gathered copious quantities of blackberries; sang, laughed, cried, talked, and didn’t want to leave.

Structure:                 We all meet together each day after breakfast with a ‘morning circle’, to share joys and any difficulties, and to plan the rest of the day. This is a lovely thing to do, and helps to strengthen relationships across age and family lines. Most evenings we gather round the campfire to reflect on the day and share highlights, songs, stories, etc. (no ghost stories please, out of consideration for those of us with sensitive imaginations!)

We have all-age cross-family teams for the various daily jobs – tending the fire, recycling, cooking, washing up etc, and everyone seems to be pretty good at looking out for each other, helping each other out when needed, sharing our many skills and taking a turn in leading activities, so that no-one ends up doing too much, and everyone gets to have fun.

Food:                          Please be sure when you book to let us know of any dietary requirements so we can try to plan meals accordingly. We buy in veg, fruit, milk, bread, cereal, pasta, rice etc, which we all take turns in making into delicious meals.

Extras such as sausages, burgers, marshmallows, chocolate etc will have to come from participants’ pockets. Most meals on site generally use the campfire and/or the ‘Spider Shed Café’ – a shed with sitting area, a wood-burning stove and a couple of gas rings. We can also use the Community kitchen in the Main House if we need to, depending on what we are cooking – food stored, prepared, or eaten in the Main House will be vegetarian only.

Accommodation:     We have camping space for between 5 and 10 tents, depending on size. Bring air-beds for comfort (the ground is far from flat!) and torches to find your way around after dark. There is running water to an outside sink, and the means to heat it in the famous Spider Shed Café.

The old Signal Box houses a compost loo, and we can use the various toilets and showers in the Main House. There is a washing machine available at 50p a wash. Some bedrooms in the house will be available for those not able to camp.

Prices per day, including food:

Camping:  Adults £20, Teens £15, under 12s £10                                                    In the house:      Adults and Teens £25, under 12s £20

We ask you to pay a £30-per-adult non-refundable deposit on registration, and the balance on arrival.  Some bursary help is available if needed.

Enquiries to, and booking form from,         Tel 01433 650 085