Project information

SUMMER SCOUT CAMP FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUTH

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are denied the opportunities enjoyed by others including access to entertainment, and freedom of movement due to financial & other restrictions. Two fun filled weeks in the summer holidays will engage these children in thought provoking talks & activities.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: London Centre For Social Studies

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  • Need

    Need

    Children's internet use has reached dangerous highs in term time. During summer holidays time spent indoors increases dramatically. They are exposed to extended hours wasted online or are on the streets getting into trouble. Experts warn that active play is key in health and development however the fear of strangers, traffic, accidents and financial restrictions of parents combined with the lure of digital technology is leading children to lead enclosed lives.

    Solution

    We will help occupy children in a constructive and productive way by active play, scouting, traditional sports and day trips. This will enable children to actively engage with peers through educational and leisurely scout activities resulting in a better understanding of using their free time wisely and actively.
    Fun and educational play options available to them will help build their self-esteem and confidence by developing their social interaction and communication skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Diverting wasted screen time indoors into active & constructive play.


    Activities

    » Scouting activities including environmental conservation, physical recreation, camping, cycling, hill walking, orienteering and hobbies activities.
    » Day trips to well known historical sites such as castles and museums. Trips to the beach and forest.
    » Sports: swimming, football, high ropes, team building sports, and archery.

    What success will look like

    Children will be informally observed, registers taken, photos and developments will be recorded. Feedback questionnaires will give us information on success rates.


    Aim 2

    Support children’s spiritual and mental well being.
    Increasing their self esteem and independence.


    Activities

    » Inspirational Talks and seminars.
    » Mind sports exercising the brain i e board games and charades.
    » STEAM activities encouraging mindfulness through calligraphy, marbling, DNA detectives and scientific experiments.

    What success will look like

    Photos taken, activities will be repeated to record progress. Feedback questionnaires will give us information on success rates.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Children will be able to implement using time wisely into their daily lives, Having learnt new hobbies, interests and gaining new skills will increase their emotional well being and help them spend quality time independently not relying on screen entertainment.
    Practicing team building activities will develop their confidence in approaching and making friend with their peers.
    Learning about British culture through sight seeing will encourage a sense of belonging.

    Risk

    Not attracting children who need it most and some families do not trust to send their children away. As we have done projects in the past we can reach out to a wider community.
    Some attending can still feel isolated due to lack of interest: Our mentors onsite will give one to one support.
    All staff are CRB checked. We do rigorous risk assessments and follow safety instructions of all sites visited. Children and families are given labels with emergency contact details.

    Reporting

    We report twice during the project through email updating them with the progress of the project. A final report with full details will be submitted.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,500 Venue, activities & logistics Rent for 10 days. Costs for instructors, coach hire, activity expenses for high ropes, archery etc
      £3,500 Food Food for children & staff for 10 days. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, fruits & cooks wage
      £1,500 Gifts, trophies & certificates Gifts, trophies & certificates
      £2,750 Equipment For art and crafts, STEAM activities, sports, scouting, reading and writing materials.
      £1,000 Publicity and Advertisement Creating visual and printed materials (flyers etc), printing costs and advertisement costs
      £1,250 IT and Technical Support Creating online materials, updating website, video recording, media management
      £7,000 Project Management Management, staff, administration, mentors, assistants and volunteers.
      £500 Miscellaneous Unforeseen costs
  • Background

    Location

    Children of families from disadvantaged backgrounds living in LONDON.

    Beneficiaries

    The children with disadvantaged backgrounds such as: forced migrants, families on low income, single parent families, families with travel restrictions and others who do not have the means or opportunity to provide their children with a meaningful summer holiday.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    At LCSS, we believe every child should have a chance to learn, develop & have fun during the summer holidays. During term time we run similar projects such as ‘Count-Art’, which helps youth counter extremist thoughts with art. Additionally, our The Big Lottery Fund promoted project ‘Raising Expectations’ helped young people aspire towards higher education. LCSS have been at the forefront in community project and have established & experienced staff to carry out these projects successfully.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ufuk Ucar

    Directing and overseeing the project.

    Nilgun Aydemir

    Co-organiser and manager-outdoor activities.

    Asuman Arslan

    Co-organiser and manager-indoor activities. In charge of mentoring.