One of the best ways to explore new issues and build community is through living together, even if it is only for a short period of a week. In these times grow in our understanding of ourselves and how we relate to others, and can see better our place in the world.
For many years we have run two ‘Youth Festivals’ – summer camps in Scotland which allow young people to meet others from different backgrounds, explore contemporary issues that shape the world and generally have fun in a safe and supported environment. A significant number of the young people who have attended our ‘Junior Youth Festival’ and ‘YouthFest’ events over the years have gone on to become ‘Junior leaders’ at these events and volunteers or staff members on Iona and at Camas.
This year our Island Centres on Iona are closed as part of a large refurbishment and upgrade project and so we will not be holding a JYF but we will be holding a smaller version of YouthFest at our Camas Centre. Details will be posted on our website in due course or email [email protected] to register an interest
We also plan shorter weekend trips around the UK through the spring and autumn to allow the young people within out network to reconnect and catch up.
Part of our work has also been to enable and support groups of young people to experience life at Camas for a week. Stays at this Centre have more of a focus on adventure and the environment and are a formative part of many youth groups each year. – visit the Camas pages for more information.