In 2020, due to the impact Covid-19 was having on the mental and physical wellbeing of children, and following discussions with the children’s commissioner plus education and healthcare professionals, it was agreed that The Bosdet Foundation would utilise the facilities at Les Ormes to provide a summer activity camp for those considered to be most vulnerable.
Camp Bosdet is free to attend. Children are referred to the programme through schools or social services because they have a specific need or have been disadvantaged in some way.
CAMP BOSDET 2021
As part of Camp Bosdet 2021, there needed to be somewhere for children to connect with nature in a safe environment.
An area of wasteland at Les Ormes was quickly transformed into a Woodland Wonderland by volunteers which included a volunteer group from EFLO (Education Fund for Luweero Orphans) - EFLO is essentially an overseas aid charity but were quick to offer help locally.
Pictured below: Colin White and the team from EFLO
ROK Construction stepped forward on day one to offer not only advice but operators for the machinery kindly supplied by 4Hire Jersey.
Pictured below: Work underway clearing paths and Alan Le Pavoux with Neil Langton of ROK Construction.
Easter 2021: Camp Bosdet welcomed children to an Easter break filled with fun and educational activities. The new woodland area proved to be a massive hit with mini adventurers. Woodland activities included nature craft (making shelters for insects and birds), building shelters, making camp fires.
It may have been chilly over the Easter break but the sun was shining and great fun was had rock pooling and paddling.
Other Easter activities included arts and crafts, geocaching, ball games and fun at Jump Jersey.
CAMP BOSDET 2020
Over the summer of 2020 children were treated to themed activities which included survival skills, nature trails, arts and crafts, cycling, boating, kayaking plus many were thrilled to learn to swim in the sea safely. 270 trips were arranged to a diverse range of places including heritage and cultural sites.
Working with Centre Point, we utilised two of their minibuses to provide transport. We also had support from Kevin Mansell for some adventurous activities and from Chris Rondel of the Youth service providing Bell Boat trips at St Aubin’s Fort
The summer ended with a colourful carnival parade around the grounds of Les Ormes and an afternoon of party games.
How is the camp funded?
Les Ormes gives use of its facilities, including Jump Jersey, free of charge. The Bosdet Foundation covers costs of employing and training young people for the duration of the camp. The Foundation also provides trips, lunches, snacks and drinks to all children.