Applications for 2019

The St John Bosco Centre provides an opportunity for children to have an exciting, activity-packed camping holiday in the Essex countryside setting.

The site is set in over forty acres of Essex countryside and is owned and maintained by SVP volunteers. Children live in tents, in groups of seven or eight and the entire week is taken up with a full programme of planned and supervised activities.  

Further Information

The Camp is run by a group of volunteers who give their time for free, motivated by the fantastic impact that the Camp has on the children who attend. Each week we have between 40-70 full time helpers that visit the camp. They work hard throughout the week to make sure that all the children in their care are safe and having a brilliant time. Helpers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and jobs, with teachers, lecturers, policemen, builders, lawyers, surveyors, engineers, nurses and many more. Many helpers even came as children when they were younger!

Boys' Camp - (8 -13 years old)

We accept boys who have reached their 8th birthday but not passed their 14th birthday on the day that they travel to camp.

Girls' Camp - (9 -12 years old)

We accept girls who have reached their 9th birthday but not passed their 13th birthday on the day that they travel to camp.

Mixed Camp - (9 -11 years old)

We accept boys and girls who have reached their 9th birthday but not passed their 12th birthday on the day that they travel to camp.

The camp is run on a totally voluntary basis and we endeavour to keep the cost of sending a child as low as possible. In addition we carry out fundraising activities that contribute towards the running costs.

The expected contribution is £160 for a child to stay at camp for a week. This contribution includes travel from the pickup location, 3 cooked meals and all activities during the week.

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