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SEN camp

CampBeanz

Veteran (100+ posts)
GuiderPlus
#1
Hi all, just looking for your ideas on this one...

In the SS unit at the moment we appear to have about a 50/50 ratio of girls with and without some kind of special educational needs. Were thinking of running a camp for the weekend especially for them (others can come too if they wish) to give them the chance to gain a bit of independence. There is a range of SEN amongst them but we would hope to create a nurturing fun environment for them with activities they prob havent done before. Have you ever done a camp in similar circumstances? How did it go? What was it like? The activities we do would probably be aimed at guide age rather than SS but it would suit their ability well.

Myself and 2 others work/have worked with SEN children previously :)
 

Em_Oranges

Veteran (100+ posts)
#2
I think that sounds like a really great opportunity, especially to have the independence they need. Are there any other units locally with who you could make it a joint trip?
I also think that its important that guides is an environment where they're integrated with their peers, so I would make it open to everyone, but focus on independent skills, making it especially accessible to those with SEN.

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snowy91

Fully warranted Brownie Guider
#3
It's a bit different but the Scouts here run a camp once a year for children from a range of special needs schools, they ask scouts and explorers to come as buddies and do tonnes if activities (climbing, kayaking, abseiling, crate stacking etc etc). It's hugely enjoyed by both parties
 

Kattikit

Regular (50+ posts)
#4
Sounds like a great idea! Hertfordshire Guiding has a camp they used to run fairly regularly called Happy Herts for young members in Guiding with SEN, always worked really well. They tend to sleep indoors on beds as the range of disabilities made outdoor sleeping tough, and they had really high adult ratios (like 1:1) to make sure everyone was looked after. They've done things like canoeing, cooking on trangias, walking, trampolining, arts and crafts, circus skills and cheerleading, more things that I can't remember. Always had a great time on those camps!
 

fenris

fenris
GuiderPlus
#5
Have you got your County (or if post vacant, Region) AMD on board? They will be able to give you information on any previous similar events that have been held, and may be able to help you get support for the event too.
 

fruityloop92

Veteran (100+ posts)
#6
at last year's Wellies and Wristbands there was a Guide group that was all girls with SEN, and they loved it. Not sure you could sleep indoors at W&W, but all the food and activities are provided for you, so might reduce the stress of organising

great idea, good luck with it
 

emmaluvseeyore

Brownie Leader and Ranger Assistant
#7
Hi all, just looking for your ideas on this one...

In the SS unit at the moment we appear to have about a 50/50 ratio of girls with and without some kind of special educational needs. Were thinking of running a camp for the weekend especially for them (others can come too if they wish) to give them the chance to gain a bit of independence. There is a range of SEN amongst them but we would hope to create a nurturing fun environment for them with activities they prob havent done before. Have you ever done a camp in similar circumstances? How did it go? What was it like? The activities we do would probably be aimed at guide age rather than SS but it would suit their ability well.

Myself and 2 others work/have worked with SEN children previously :)
When I used to work for a charity that does play and youth schemes for young people with disabilities, I went on a couple of activity weekends with them. We took a range of young people, some of which needed 1:1 care, and others needing a little less support. We went to an activity centre that is able to provide specialist equipment so those in wheelchairs are able to take part in all the adventurous stuff. They had a special chair that attached to the zip wire, and also equipment for them to do climbing and abseiling. We also did canoeing, and the best one at it was a boy who was completely blind! He was also really good at climbing!

I don't know whether the girls are on that end of the SEN spectrum or whether their needs are more mild, but it is great to allow girls with SEN the chance to get away from their parents and be independent. You are probably well aware that your program will have to be aimed at their needs, so a more general program aimed at Guides will need to be adapted to fit the needs of the girls attending. There is a balance there of making it challenging enough for them that they are still pushing themselves, but not so challenging that they can't do anything for themselves.

Good luck!
 
#8
I think this is a great idea, i am mum to a child with special needs, and although she loves brownies and was always very welcome, it was always a challenge when something i knew she couldn't do came up. she is now a helper at our unit with me. however i think this would be a wonderful idea for other SEN children and non SEN children to work together.
 

ChrisA

Veteran (100+ posts)
GuiderPlus
#10
Camping is an activity in itself and one that they may well not have done before. Cooking outdoors and fetching wood and water and caring for the equipment could well be a challenge and fun. They may well get the chance to do "adventurous" activities on other occasions.