Camas – the outdoor centre with a difference

Camas guest block

Camas guest block

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

We seek to enable growth in love, respect and awareness of ourselves, each other, God and the environment.

Everyone taking part in some rafting fun

What we offer

  • Week long nurturing outdoor and community experiences for young people and adults, as part of a group or individually
  • A safe, caring environment with unconditional positive regard
  • Flexible programmes to meet our guest’s needs
  • Growth in confidence through outdoor activities, time in our organic garden and beautiful surrounding landscape, helping out in the kitchen or reflecting on experiences
  • Opportunities for personal and group development

 

A bit more about the centre

Camas is housed in 200-year old cottages nestled in a beautiful bay, 1 ¼ miles walk from the road on the Isle of Mull. 13569981_10205843062029595_684767324_o

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  • We pride ourselves on our environmental & social conscience: we are off grid and live a simple lifestyle connected to nature. The little power we have comes from our wind turbine, hot water comes from our solar panels.
  • Our organic garden supports our vegetarian diet and is used to educate and involve guests in where our food comes from. The garden, plus our expanding woodland and the seashore are a great place to relax and escape.

 

 

Activities to build confidence and community

All are aimed at bringing guests and staff together and allowing time for individuals to value each other and themselves.

Abseiling Camas

Kayaking

Rock climbing and abseiling

Forest, forage & nature connectingThe stunning market bay

(John Muir Award available)

 

 

 

 

Wild camping

Expeditions on land and sea

Low level hill walkingKitchen time

Days on white sandy beaches

 

 

 

 

Kayaks at the readyRaft building

Peat digging

Art, crafts, drama and music

Twice daily solo & group reflections

G.S.D’s (getting stuff done) –washing up, feeding chickens, taking care of the centre.

 

 

 

Evenings by the firesimple livng by candle light

Games together in the common room

Coasteering

Team tasks

Candlelit homemade meals

 

 

Bring a group to Camas

Are you a youth group, school, university or community group? Whatever background, housing scheme or special educational needs school, Camas can aid the work that you are doing with your group in your community through a week at our centre.

 

What we offer your group:

  • Work with us to develop a flexible programme that accommodates the needs of each individual. We facilitate everyone feeling valued and a part of the community
  • Our team have extensive experience in youth work, working with challenging behaviour and special educational needsGroup having just finished their Camas experience
  • We have high staff ratios to give individuals the attention they need
  • Welcoming and hospitable atmosphere to make people feel at home
  • A place to explore, to have fun and to provide opportunity for the growth and development

Our aim is to support those from marginalised backgrounds; some financial bursaries to subsidise residential and travel costs are available.

For more information on group bookings contact

Abbi Mason (Camas Coordinator)

Tel: 01681 700 367

Email: [email protected]

Camas Cottages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you an individual or family interested in staying at Camas?

We have multiple weeks throughout the year where you don’t have to be part of a group to enjoy Camas.

Why come to an open enrolment week?

  • An opportunity to relax, get away from it all and enjoy simple living
  • Wilderness surroundings provide breathing space away from the busy-ness of normal life
  • Experience community living with all meals provided and time to reflect both with the community and individually
  • Explore the environment and local area through a range of exciting activities and in-depth nature connection
  • Our flexible approach enables individuals to have their own experiences as well as feeling taken care of in community
  • Open enrolment weeks support the work Camas does with groups from disadvantaged areas

 

Our open weeks include –

2 Garden weeks

  • Spring: readying beds and the polytunnel in our organic garden, woodland maintenance, visits to local gardens, organic weavers and Iona
  • Autumn: tidying up the garden for winter, collecting seaweed, sorting polytunnels, rest & recuperation

Sustain Yourself/Duke of Edinburgh residential: a programme for 15-22 year olds that explores personal development through community living – sharing fun, reflection and outdoor activity

Family week: time to share family time and have fun in the beauty of Camas Centre

2 Work weeks

  • Spring: practical tasks to get the centre ready for the season, plus time to explore Mull and Iona
  • Autumn: jobs for the end of season to get Camas snug for the winter storms

 

For more information contact  Abbi Mason (Camas Coordinator)

Tel: 01681 700367

Email: [email protected]

kayak

 

CAMAS VOLUNTEERS – people who enable Camas to do life changing work

Each year 8 volunteers come to live the summer months at Camas and support the resident team to deliver the programme and run the centre. From cooking to kayaking the volunteers make Camas community happen. We couldn’t run without their hard work and enthusiasm.

 

Want to be a Camas Volunteer?

Volunteers come from all over the world and from all walks of life. No experience is necessary, just a caring personality and willingness to learn.

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  • Are you free from April to September?
  • Want to develop youth work and outdoor facilitation skills?
  • Want to live in a beautiful wild landscape?
  • Want to support our work with young people from some of the UK’s most disadvantaged areas?
  • Want to make friends to last a life time?
  • Want to develop your CV with a range of experiences?

 

If you are interested in volunteering at Camas or would like some more information please get in touch with             Abbi Mason

                                   01681700367

                                   [email protected]