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Outdoor Family Camping – Volunteers Wanted!

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Outdoor Family Camping – Volunteers Wanted!

We’re on the way to plan our summer Outdoor Family Camping and Hackney Wild Walk adventures – and we need volunteers! Why? To help the camping run smoothly, cook over the fire, put up a few tents, and help out with games and activities.

The camping trips are planned for August 2017 and the Wild Walks will start as soon as we've enough volunteers to organise a programme...

If you would like to get involved you'll get to take part in our induction programme in June or July, where you’ll learn all you need to know about Outdoor People Family Camping programme and wild walks, as well as the basic skills you’ll need to participate. That includes lighting fires!

What is Outdoor Family Camping?

The idea of Outdoor Family Camping sits at the very heart of what we do at Outdoor People – our aim is to make the outdoors accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Over the past three years, we’ve talked with many parents in and around East London who say they love the idea of taking their kids camping, but they don’t have access to the right kit, don’t have transport, or they haven’t been camping before and wouldn’t know how to start.

Outdoor Family Camping aims to give parents who have no experience of camping, or can’t afford to go, a taster of what is possible. We take families for a four-day, three-night camping experience at Green Farm Kent, our super-friendly and utterly brilliant Outdoor Family Camping partners, where they learn how to pitch a tent, cook a meal over a fire, explore the woods and help out on the farm.

We subsidise the whole venture through the profits from our consultancy and shop, offering free places to families who couldn’t otherwise afford to go. We also work with local Children’s Services so they can refer families who they think would benefit from the experience. However, as a small (but growing) social enterprise our budget for these ventures is limited, so we need your help to make this happen!

What do you get out of it?

Family Camping is great fun – and we hope you’ll have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

However, you’ll also be helping to create a community that values the outdoors, and, in particular, recognises the value of outdoor play. If you want to read up some of the statistics about how much time children in the city get to play outdoors (not enough), and the benefits of outdoor play (many) have a quick read of the project page.

We’re also hoping that, through taking part in the Family Camping trips, or by attending our induction activities, you’ll be inspired to act as an advocate for outdoor play. You can help us to defend the precious green spaces in our communities and make sure that everyone – parents, neighbours, politicians and professionals – values a child’s right to play; not as an afterthought in a policy, a planning application, or the organisation of the school day, but as a fundamental part of childhood.

I’m in! What do I do next?

We have two Family Camping trips scheduled in 2017 – running back to back from 5 – 11 August. If you want to volunteer for family camping, you have to be free to join us on one of these trips. You also need to be able to take part in the induction. We have three sessions scheduled – you must attend one of the Safety and Safeguarding sessions (on either 18 June or 2 July) to take part in the camping trips, but ideally we’d like you to attend all three. If you just want to do Wild Walks you only need to come on Sunday 4 June.

Week One: Sunday 4 June Introduction to the Outdoor People Family Camping project; Hackney Wild Walk (Haggerston) – take part in one of our urban adventures designed for kids (and their parents) – discover the hidden treasures in Hackney’s streets. Free.

Week Two: Sunday 18 June Cooking, camp-skills and Staying Safe. In this session, you’ll cook over a campfire  and learn basic safety and safeguarding requirements so you can take part in the Family Camping trip.

Week Three: Sunday 2 July Tents, Games and Staying Safe (re-run). In this session you’ll learn how to put up one of our Vango tents to make sure it’s weatherproof, and join Harry in a game of Frisbee (mandatory, Harry says). We’ll also re-run the Week Two basic safety and safeguarding session for anyone who is unable to make the session on June.

Where: Meet at the bottom of Springhill Rd by the River Lea gate (https://goo.gl/maps/LaJowQB97LB2) 
When: 11am - 2pm

Repeat Week One: Sunday 9th July 

Where: Meet at Outdoor People Shop, Netil Market, Westgate St, E8 3PF
When: 11am

If you’re unable to take part in the Family Camping trips, but would still like to help out, we recommend you attend the Week One introduction – you’ll then be able to act as an advocate for our Hackney Wild Walks project. At the end of the afternoon, we’ll give you some materials to distribute to friends, families and schools.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the Outdoor People Family Camping programme, email us now

I have a question…

Get in touch if you have any questions.

We are also planning an ‘Outdoor Families scale their first mountain’ trip in October, but this is contingent upon future funding.


  • Cath Prisk

    Hi Joanne, No not at all – open to all! Cath

  • Joanne linton

    Do we have to live in hackney to be part of this scheme

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