Five-day camp holidays for young people on the Downs

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Young people in Eastbourne could be entitled to a five-day holiday with the YHA.

Children aged between ten and 16 could be entitled to a trip to Beddingham, Lewes, for less than £100 thanks to the charity.

The young people’s charity and summer camp operator, YHA, has increased the amount it will fund a stay at its week-long all inclusive residential summer camps for children from low income families.

It is now offering 75 per cent off the cost of its Action Adventure summer camp at YHA South Downs, making it less than £100.

The charity says the increase in Summer Camp bursary funding from 50 per cent to 75 per cent in 2015, coupled with the monthly payment option, now means that more young people than ever can have the opportunity for a summer holiday this year.

As well as Action Adventure at South Downs, this year YHA is offering places at two other summer camps – Go Extreme and Future Leader, being held at its Youth Hostels in Coalbrookdale, St Briavels in Gloucestershire and Edale and Ravenstor in Derbyshire.

Our summer camps offer children great opportunities to learn new skills, make friends and most importantly have fun.

Caroline White

As well as all meals and accommodation each summer camp also includes a raft of adrenalin fuelled activities, including quad-biking, paintballing, zip wires, high ropes, archery, weaselling, canoeing and rollercoasters.

Caroline White, YHA chief executive, said, “YHA is a charity with a clear mission: to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.

“The YHA Bursary Fund is all about giving children opportunities, that’s why we felt it was important to add last year’s fund to this year’s.

“Our summer camps offer children great opportunities to learn new skills, make friends and most importantly have fun.

“YHA is committed to helping young people face new challenges while being looked after in a safe, fun outdoor environment.”

Prices for YHA’s summer camps start at £375 and discounts for multiple children and payment plans are also available to help make them more accessible to young people.

Since 2003, more than 60,000 young people have visited YHA’s popular summer camps.

This year YHA are expecting to attract even more young people following their bursary increase and links with NDCS.

YHA has a network of around 160 hostels throughout England and Wales – often situated in beautiful countryside locations. These welcoming and sociable spaces are open to everyone.

YHA has been voted the Best UK Hotel 2014 in the Guardian Travel Awards, beating Marriott and Radisson to take the top accolade.

It said, “En suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi and cool decor are no longer strangers to youth hostels, which still offer great camaraderie – perhaps why Guardian readers voted the YHA winner of the best UK hotel in this year’s travel awards.”

For further information about the camps or bursary funding, www.yhasummercamps.co.uk or call 01629 592 530.