Purbeck Venture will run from Monday 6th August – Tuesday 14th August 2018. It caters for young people aged 11-16 inclusive.
Coming to camp is so many different things...
A fantastic camping holiday with unique access to one of the country’s best beaches, whether you want to soak up the sun or take part in one of our wacky wide-games
Games, activities, exploring and adventure, the combination of which you simply can’t get anywhere else
Making new friends and re-kindling old friendships - this is the holiday that people talk about all year and come back to time and time again
Every camp has a theme and this is reflected in the evening events. We pride ourselves in creating memorable nights in - and out with a party atmosphere; guaranteed to get you grinning whether it is showcasing talent, getting involved in gameshows, dancing the night away or just watching the leaders make fools of themselves.
Few residential holidays are entirely outdoors, but we see this as a strength of Purbeck Venture with such great surroundings although we still manage some home comforts and fantastic food.
Alongside the activities is a full programme of Christian teaching and worship expressions; altogether and in small groups. We welcome those from any background to explore and grow in their faith
We really do think this is one of the best adventures you can have with your summer.
Where else could you go that would leave you refreshed and returning home beaming from ear to ear?
Matt & Catherine Rowe
Matt & Catherine have led youth-work at their home church for over 40 combined years, bring a wealth of experience with young people and are dedicated to serving at this site.
Having attended Studland camps as campers themselves and met at Dorset Venture, they were very keen to see many more young people benefit from a fantastic holiday and therefore took on leadership of Purbeck Venture in 2009.
With two of their children of camp age, it has become a family way of life for the summer. The other one? Well, he mucks in, in his own special way.
A team of dedicated volunteers
Each year we put together an enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteers to ensure the camp is the best it can be. These include catering staff, tent leaders, organisers, meeting leaders, musicians and other support staff.
Every member of the team undergoes a DBS (disclosure and barring, criminal record) check and supplies references.
What parents say
This is a lovely ‘traditional’ style camp. We appreciate the outdoor focus and down to earth activities – craft, wide games, walks, swimming. The excursion day is also a highlight with the more high tech side of things. The christian content is very important and well organised/ led. It is a great blend of social skills and faith building for an age group that needs to find their identity in Christ. Thanks so much for your commitment.
The camp is an amazing resource. It is brilliant fun and packed with activity, but allows time for friendship and learning too. The atmosphere is relaxed and accepting and I have great confidence in the leadership. This holiday has become a key part of my girls’ summer and refreshes them physically spiritually and emotionally.
Thank you so much to you and all the team for running the camp at Studland, Our son had really great time and benefitted so much from his time there. He’s chatted loads about the camp and was especially complimentary about the food (special praise for the puddings which were aammmmaaZing!)
He is already talking about next year!
We sent our oldest daughter at 11 (tentatively at first as she didn’t know any other kids there) as we thought that it would be a good springboard into the next phase of her life, enabling her make new friends from different parts of the country and to grow in her faith.
She came back having had ‘the best’ time, made some amazing friends and made a commitment to follow Jesus. Now 16, she has been back every year since, with her younger brother and sister who each started going at 11.
They love the camping, crazy games, camp traditions, surprise activities, water-sports, excursion, music and the teaching. Led by a wonderful team of volunteers headed up by Matt and Catherine Rowe who act as surrogate parents and are very pastoral, wise, gifted and generally fab! They have had many years of experience leading at Purbeck.
Purbeck Venture is firmly fixed on our calendar as the holiday not to be missed!
Is it no wonder that the pull of Purbeck draws many back year after year! I would thoroughly recommend this camp, it really does tick all the right boxes!
What young people say
It has helped my faith grow and I feel more confident that God loves me no matter what. Thank you for the most awesome holiday EVER.
The meetings were practical and interesting, relevant and applicable to modern day life. The leaders are just amazing – they work so hard to make us feel safe and cared-for. every year I grow in confidence and faith because of camp, so thank you!