Summer camps are the heart of the LIFEbeat programme. They enable participants to challenge themselves, develop new skills, expand their creativity and make friends for life.

I used to shy away from meeting new people and trying new things, but the camp has changed that. I would recommend this to anybody.” – Billy, 17

LIFEbeat is an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Attending one of our camps fulfils the residential requirement for the Gold Award.

Camp goals

  • Create a safe and inclusive community and a sense of belonging
  • Expand your creativity
  • Learn from people different to yourself
  • Experience the beauty and wisdom of nature
  • Explore your inner life: your thoughts, feelings and dreams
  • Set personal goals, and learn how to achieve them
  • Have fun!

What happens at camp?

A daily choice of workshops is available for you to choose from, including:

  • Music making
  • Storytelling
  • Dance
  • Art and Crafts
  • Lyric-writing and poetry
  • Outdoor games
  • Theatre improvisation
  • Wellbeing, meditation and mindfulness
  • Nature exploration
  • Discussion and debate

Every evening the whole group comes together for activities and inspiration

  • Theatre activities
  • Group gatherings
  • Community building
  • Campfires
  • Storytelling

Camps end with a Youth-Led Day, where participants plan and deliver their own workshops, realise their ideas and take on leadership roles within the camp community.

“Camp was a nurturing and soothing experience for me, one which made me feel prepared for my new life, a better life.  It was an experience of pure joy where I was able to try new things” – Sophie, 15

The LIFEbeat promise

We provide everything you need for a week’s camping in a beautiful setting – all meals, activities and equipment are included.

Together we build a close, creative community in just one week.

A committed team of adult mentors is there to support you every step of the way.

Nutritious meals are provided and participants sleep in tented camps, which are staffed overnight to ensure that everyone is safe and secure.