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INTRODUCING THE YORKSHIRE CHRISTIAN CAMP

The Camp work began over fifty years ago, when two Sunday School teachers decided to take their classes camping for a weekend. Over the years it has developed so that we now have approximately four hundred people attending every year. In August 2001 we purchased our own site and Camp ’18  will be our seventeenth camp to be held on the new site.


ACCOMMODATION

We accommodate children and young people between the ages of 10 & 25 in Camp tents. Each tent sleeps up to 10 campers plus 2 tent leaders. Workers over 25 are required to provide their own accommodation.


It will not be possible to book/arrange accommodation on the day of arrival.


WHO CAN COME?

We welcome children, young people and adults from Churches, Sunday Schools and associated Youth Groups.


CATERING

For those paying the appropriate fee all meals are provided. They are of a high standard and prepared and served by an experienced team of workers. It will not be possible to book/arrange meals on the day of arrival.









WHAT IS THERE TO DO?

There is a full program of sports activities (e.g. football, netball, rounders & volleyball). For those not so interested in sports, there are numerous craft activities, many of which make useful gifts to take home.


All campers are put into teams and there are many inter-team competitions. In the evening there are two coffee bars which offer a wide variety of programs and entertainment.


There is also a Camp Shop, a Camp Bank and a Coffee Shop.


THE MEETINGS

All campers are required to attend ALL the meetings which are held twice a day. They have a lively and varied program which aims to tell children, young people and adults about the Lord Jesus Christ.


VISITORS

Visitors are always welcome but they are required to register their arrival and departure with a member of the security team who will be on duty at the entrance to the camp site. Visitors will be given an information sheet on arrival and asked to comply with all camp rules. We regret that we cannot supply any food for visitors and would ask that all visitors leave the camp site by 9.30pm.


SAFETY & SECURITY

All campers will be asked to wear a wristband to assist our security team and ensure your safety. We have a small number of very important rules that must be adhered to. These rules will be published in the brochure that all campers will receive once their booking form has been processed. These rules will also be made clear at the start of camp by the camp discipline team.


We have a security team on duty, night and day, to ensure that no unauthorized people enter the site and that campers do not leave without permission.


All staff who have volunteered to undertake work on camp have to undergo the highest level of checks by the DBS.

A History of Yorkshire Christian Camp

The work had humble beginnings when, in 1946, two Sunday School Teachers from a small church in Ossett, West Yorkshire took a group of boys on a camping holiday to a local beauty spot. It was hugely enjoyed and viewed as very successful so the activity was repeated later in the year.


Ossett and District

In the few years that followed, different locations were chosen and other, nearby assemblies were welcomed into the venture. Very quickly it became a mixed camp, then an annual event known as the 'Ossett and District Sunday School Camp'.


Camp at Ingleton

By the mid 1950's some 150 people were attending the camp and several sites had been used. A settled period of about 15 years was enjoyed at Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales. In view of the number of assemblies who had joined the venture, it was renamed the Yorkshire Assemblies Sunday School Camp in 1964 and an organising committee was formed to develop the work.


Camp Grows

As a result of the growth in the work, some equipment was acquired and, since it was no longer practical to transport the equipment to and from the site, a small hut to be erected in which to store it.


Camp at Howden

The work continued and began to outgrow the site at Ingleton so in 1970 a new site was found at Howden in East Yorkshire. The old 'hut' at Ingleton was abandoned and a much larger wooden building purchased and transported to site. As numbers continued to grow, so did the amount of equipment - with tents, chairs, tables, catering equipment and much more being acquired.


Camp Moves

In 1980 the Christian farmer at Howden sold his farm and camp had to find a new site. For three years different sites were used - including one at a stately home, Nostell Priory and at Stathern in Leicestershire. The lack of a regular base provided many logistical problems particularly regarding transport and storage. The numbers attending the camp peaked at over 400 during this period and a decision that, in future, camps would be limited to a maximum of 400.


Camp at Duffield

In 1983 a site was found in North Duffield near Selby, North Yorkshire and the connection with this village continued for 17 years although three different sites were used. Logistics problems were still encountered and it was during this period that the Yorkshire Assemblies Camps Trust was established (October 1983) and a search for a permanent site began in earnest.


Another Move

Foot and Mouth disease forced yet another move to North Lincolnshire for the 2001 camp but the Trust was then finally able to purchase its own site at Misterton, near Bawtry in South Yorkshire.