Mencap Outdoors

OSMH Outdoors is a camping weekend for young adults aged 18-30 with learning disabilities.

Get back to nature with OSMH Outdoors! For four days each year, approximately 20 young adults and 20 volunteers head off on a camping trip – come rain or shine.

Everyone on the holiday works together. This includes putting up tents, chopping wood, preparing food, collecting water and even cleaning the toilets! We do fun activities on the campsite to explore our surroundings, for example: bushcraft, gadget-making and orienteering. Our activities vary from year-to-year but in the past three years they have included: canoeing, climbing, archery, horse riding, pub trips, swimming, art & craft, discos and outings to Woburn Safari Park & Go Ape.

Here’s what one mother had to say after her son returned home:

We tried to prepare him for the camping part of it, but we weren’t too worried as we thought they won’t really mean camping, it will be a token gesture at camping because of the varying needs of the youngsters taking part. How wrong could we be!… It was the real camping experience, which to our amazement Bob loved and wants to do again, despite the number of earwigs that came back in his kit.

Some General Mencap Outdoors Info

Where is our campsite?

Wadenhoe campsite, Near Oundle, Northants

Who will be there?

  • 20-24 young adults (roughly the same number of men and women)
  • 20 or so volunteers with a great amount of experience in both camping and supporting young people

When will it be?

We will let you know the plans for 2017 Mencap Outdoors shortly!

What will we do?

  • Sleep in tents
  • Make campfires and sing campfire songs
  • Learn and enjoy camping life skills including cooking, wood collecting etc.
  • Do daytime activities including swimming, canoeing, trips out

How much does it cost?

We will let you know the cost for the 2017 camping trip shortly, but in the past this has been roughly £350 per camper.

What will be provided?

  • Tents (those for cooking, washing, toilets and first aid as well as sleeping tents)
  • Food (all the ingredients that we will need to make our own meals)
  • Drinks
  • Minibus transport throughout the camping weekend
  • All entrance fees during the camping weekend

What would you need to bring?

Here is the kit list

Are there any places left?

We are really pleased that our young people are so keen to come back year after year, but this does mean places are limited and that we have to run a waiting list. Contact kateosmh@hotmail.co.uk to discuss more about the camping trip.

How do I find out more/apply for a place?

For further information have a look here

What about future holidays?

  • In the future we hope to go on day trips to other new places and do different sport and craft activities
  • We may be able to do a holiday where we can stay at a hostel or similar so that it would be more inclusive for those young people with mobility aids
  • We may have enough volunteers to go camping on more than one weekend in the year
  • The world is our oyster and your suggestions are welcome!

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