YHA OFFERS A REMEDY FOR SCHOOL’S SIX WEEK HOLIDAY HEADACHE FOR PEAK DISTRICT PARENTS

Rock Climbing - Action Adventure

The youth hostelling charity YHA (England & Wales) has thrown a summer holiday childcare lifeline to working parents and carers of 10 – 16 year olds in the Peak District with two activity-based day camps in Ravenstor near Buxton and Edale in the High Peak.

From Monday to Thursday from 8.30am – 6.00pm during the six week school holiday period, YHA will run Do it 4 Real camps at its Ravenstor and Edale Youth Hostels.

YHA believes the activity-based camps in Ravenstor and Edale are key to keeping young people out of trouble during the school holidays after a *survey by StreetChance found that teenage boredom was a primary cause for the riots in London last summer. It also found that the majority of kids get bored only half way through holidays and two thirds admit to lying to parents about what they do during the holidays.

Youngsters can choose from a Performing Arts camp at YHA Ravenstor and an Action Adventure camp at YHA Edale.

Activities on the Performing Arts camp include professional workshops in acting, singing, dancing, comedy invisible theatre and film, culminating in a talent contest and spectacular mini musical. While, thrill-seeking young people can take part in archery, raft building, weaselling, high ropes and also achieve the prestigious John Muir Award on the Action Adventure camp at YHA Edale.

Priced at only £160, both camps include expert instruction, activities and meals. There is even an option to stay overnight at the camp.

YHA has run its hugely successful Do it 4 Real residential camps – Action Adventure, Go eXtreme, Performing Arts and Future Leader – since 2005, with more 60,000 young people throughout England and Wales experiencing them during this time.

Caroline White, YHA (England and Wales) Chief Executive, commented: “For many parents, the six week school break is one long headache to ensure their teenagers are both entertained and have adequate adult supervision.  The great thing about YHA’s Do it 4 Real camps is that parents can be confident their children are being looked after in a safe, fun and challenging environment. At the same time, their youngsters are being given the opportunity to try new activities, face new challenges, learn new skills and make new friends. Without fail they grow in confidence.

She added: “It is no surprise the testimonials from young people and their parents about YHA’s Do it 4 Real camps are glowing.”

Recently YHA was praised by Tim Loughton MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families. He said: “YHA, and the hands-on experiences it offers children through its Youth Hostel network, gives young people real life experience. It triggers their imagination, encourages teamwork and really brings them out of their shells. It is a great example of the National Citizen Service in action.”

YHA Ravenstor’s Performing Arts Do it 4 Real camp runs from the 29th July until the 19th August 2012 and YHA Edale’s Action Adventure camp runs from the 22nd July until the 26th August. For more information about Do it 4 Real camps visit http://www.doit4real.co.uk or contact 01629 592 530.

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*Source: *poll of 1,000 teenagers, commissioned by the inner city cricket scheme, StreetChance, published 29 August 2011

Notes to Editors

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.

YHA has a network of around 200 diverse hostels throughout England and Wales – often situated in exceptional locations.  These welcoming and sociable spaces are open to everyone.

They have strong beliefs and a passion for what they do.  By encouraging a spirit of adventure, they aim to inspire people of all ages to discover the world around us.

YHA helps young people take part in educational or recreational visits with their friends or classmates by providing financial support from YHA’s bursary scheme, Breaks for Kids.  In 2011, YHA provided 5,553 of these funded trips.

In 2011, YHA recorded 1,719,348 overnight stays and had 218,054 members.

Further information about YHA can be found at www.yha.org.uk

For more information

Anna Melton

In the Works PR

Tel: 07837 108559

Email: anna@intheworkspr.co.uk

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