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.

LIFEbeat summer camps are generously supported using materials supplied by GreatArt.

“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.

LIFEbeat Summer Camps 2020 – COVID-19 Update

Sadly, we are unable to run LIFEbeat summer camps this year and have had to make the difficult decision to cancel all of our summer programmes. It is with heavy hearts that we have come to this decision, but the safety and wellbeing of all young people, staff and volunteers is a priority during this time, and we do not believe that we can offer the same quality of experience in a socially distanced environment.

But…LIFEbeat is still here! During this time of rapid change and transition, #WeSupportYou.

So far we have held creative workshops, wellbeing check-ins, reunions and Open Mics online, and we’re now looking at expanding our online offerings and putting together a programme of activities that will help us all to connect over the summer months.

We are now looking at running socially distanced meet-ups, online reunions, mini LIFEbeat programmes and possibly even a LIFEbeat online youth club over the summer with workshops and opportunities to check-in and connect! We will update our website with more information over the coming weeks.