If you’re reading this blog, then the chances are that you have got a taste for adventure. You may like the big, bold and daring challenges. You might be at your happiest when you are simply sleeping under the stars. You could hate being shackled to your desk and live for the weekend when you can get outdoors. Whatever it is that makes you tick, you understand. You understand how important it is to be outside, to challenge yourself, to push your boundaries.
This is exactly what the Youth Adventure Trust stands for and they need our help to move mountains for 14 young people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to get outside.
Outdoor adventure has a massive impact, especially when you are 11 and vulnerable. Mountain Camp is the first camp on the Youth Adventure Trust’s three school-year programme that gives vulnerable and disadvantaged young people the hope, confidence and skills to face the challenges in their daily lives. Challenges such as bullying, self esteem issues, chaotic home lives, struggling in the classroom, on the brink of exclusion from school, no positive role models, living in poverty or rural isolation, growing up in care or being a young carer.
Their circumstances make it all too easy for these young people to make poor choices that will affect the rest of their lives. By taking them outside, the Trust helps them discover their true potential and exceed their expectations. They use outdoor adventure to inspire them and give them the hope, confidence and skills to face their personal challenges.
“I’ve learnt that I can do things, even when I think I can’t” Ben, age 12
“You guys are certainly a ‘life giver’, changing peoples’ perspectives of themselves and others. Giving them ambition and drive for new things” Parent
The Youth Adventure Trust has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £7,409 – enough money to send 14 young people on Mountain Camp.
Mountain Camp in the Brecon Beacons is often the first time the young people have been away from home. For many, it takes them further than they have ever travelled before. For some it is the first time they have ever seen the stars. The activities they do, like climbing, caving, gorge walking and an overnight mountain expedition teach them about taking responsibility, build resilience and encourage self-belief.
Please will you join me in supporting the Youth Adventure Trust and help move mountains for 14 vulnerable young people? Giving is easy, just click on this link and donate as much or as little as you can.
Or if you can’t donate, perhaps you can spread the word? Share the Youth Adventure Trust’s project page on social media and encourage everybody you know to support this great charity.
If getting outside is more your thing then they are also always looking for volunteers to go on camps like Mountains Camp – find out how you can get involved here.