If you have specific questions which are not answered by these FAQs, please contact a member of the Volunteers team
The St John Bosco Children's Camp provides an exciting opportunity for children to have a unique camping holiday in the Essex countryside. Children live in tents, in groups of seven or eight, and can take part in a full programme of planned and supervised activities. Cooked meals are provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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!
We are a Catholic camp and Mass or a Communion service is held each day. Children and helpers are encouraged to attend. All children are required to attend Sunday Mass. Above all, the Catholic faith teaches us to treat each other with respect and kindness, something that the children are encouraged to do.
We do not charge our volunteers to attend. However, the Camp costs a lot of money to run, so donations are always very much appreciated.
We suggest basing your packing on the children's packing list, which can be found here. Bear in mind that the weather can be changeable and that it gets fairly cold in the evenings. A sleeping bag is required.
You can follow us on Twitter at @boscocamp
If you choose to apply and are over 18 you have the option to be added to the Camp's Whatsapp group. This will provide a forum to ask questions and keep updated with the latest information.