Save Our Summer Camps! - Democracy 3.0

Campaign author: andrewhawkins

Sector: Society

Save Our Summer Camps!

The Government is threatening to halt summer camps yet again, by enforcing a cap of 30 at youth residentials. This unnecessary rule would punish young people and drive camps out of business.

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Save Our Summer Camps!

Tens of thousands of British children and young people attend summer camps each year. It was understandable that in 2020, without a vaccine or large-scale testing, they could not proceed.

But today, almost 3 in 4 Brits have been vaccinated against Covid, and very soon half will have had both jabs.

The rate of infection in Britain is low and relatively stable, with hospitalisations and deaths continuing to fall. We also have an abundance of lateral flow tests being widely used. So it is absolutely right that schools are open again, festivals and foreign holidays are returning.

Yet despite these successes, incredibly the Government is believed to be considering a cap of 30 for youth residentials, together with other restrictions which amount to a total prevention of all but a few youth residentials this summer.

Unless these restrictions are lifted from June 21st, the consequences will be devastating.

Firstly, youth residentials are usually run by charities, some of which are already on the brink having been stopped from running at all in 2020. Many will be unable to survive a second year of enforced legal shutdown and they risk losing both the volunteer effort and in many cases the venues needed to remain viable.

Secondly and more importantly, summer camps and residentials serve a constituency who have been deprived of a large part of their youth. The Government itself has acknowledged that Covid has sparked a severe mental health crisis among the young.  Thousands of young people are looking forward to finally escaping their normal environment, meeting their peers and having fun together.  To deny them that opportunity, when Covid metrics are all on the right trajectory and much of the country is being reopened, risks creating anger and despair among many young people who will understandably feel they are on the receiving end of unfair discrimination.

As one young person said, "I'm so looking forward to going to camp this summer and seeing all my friends after such a rubbish year.  I'd be so devastated I don't know what I'd do if it was cancelled again".

The Government has insisted repeatedly that it will be led by data, not dates.  In that case there can be no good justification for closing youth residentials for a further year, especially with the extensive precautions being planned in respect of testing and cleaning.

We are a campaign spearheaded by the Summer Camps Trust (www.summercampstrust.org) for the specific and sole purpose of ensuring that our children and young people are not discriminated against by the enforcement of over-zealous regulations which are both unnecessary and damaging to an entire generation.

Please sign our petition and donate whatever you can spare so that we can together fight the plans to prevent young people from resuming these important activities.

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  • Christopher Turner
    Children have had a very raw deal these past two years. Give them a break!
  • Anita Buttle
    Children and youth are already back at school, and so should be able to meet on residential summer camps - camps which provide much needed support for out young people.
  • Anonymous Comment
    Please allow residential camps for young people to continue this summer.
  • Andrew Dunningham
    Please please don’t place restrictions on youth camps - the disadvantage to young people of missing out on youth camps will surely far outweigh the health risks to them of covid.
  • Heather & Colin Reed
    This would be a very unnecessary and sad restriction on our young people at a crucial stage of their development. The Christian Youth Camps have been well respected & would be put out of business.
  • Anonymous Comment
    Please let the children and young people keep their camps this year! It is a very low risk activity and they only get one childhood!
  • Anonymous Comment
    Our young people have lost so much over the last couple of years, this doesn’t seem fair on them or their development
  • Anonymous Comment
    The UK’s young have had a year of uncertainty and isolation- to be able to get together in a safe group environment is so important for their mental well-being .
  • Anonymous Comment
    This is ridiculous! Restrictions on resudentials, but you can go to Reading festival.
  • Emma Goodger
    It’s not just about education, our children especially the teenagers need some sort of social life, please please let summer camps go ahead this year
  • John Gould
    Limiting numbers to 30 will make many camps unviable economiocally. As they are outside in the open air, numbers can be safely raised to normal levets.
  • Mr David V Lewis
    I support West Runton camps fully in their request that covid restrictions are lifted to enable all the planned summer activities to take place in 2021.
  • Tony Whitaker
    Children and young people have been disproportionately affected negatively by the pandemic, please don’t add to the burden they already carry by denying life enhancing residential opportunities
  • Elizabeth Woodward
    Summer camps are essential for the mental and physical well being of our children and young people! The Government needs to consider them and their well being in this decision!
  • Michael Paterson
    Summer camps are vital to the mental health of youths. Removing them, or even reducing them, for a second summer will do far more damage than good.
  • Marie Betts
    Don't take away a crucial time in kids lives! Save our summer camps!
  • Giles Walter
    Mental health is SO important; few things are as helpful for it as being away on summer camp. I see NO reason why camps should be penalised and retricted when other large-scale activities are allowed.
  • Pam Smith
    Children & young people have suffered the most adverse effect of the Covid 19 pandemic.
    They have been negatively impacted academically, socially, physically and emotionally. Summer camps much needed
  • Andrew Everett
    The amazing benefit to young people attending these camps is undoubtable and we need to ensure they can run with sufficient numbers to make them financially viable and mentally beneficial!
  • Amy Glynn
    Summer camps must be a priority for young people who have had so much essential input curbed by lockdown
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