What We Do

Our Vision

To give young people the hope, confidence and life skills to meet the challenges in their lives and together build trust and motivation through a journey of experience, adventure and fun.

The Mitchemp Trust

The Mitchemp Trust is a registered youth development charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 14 years old from across Wiltshire and Swindon. The Trust was established in 1992 by David Hempleman-Adams and Major Richard Mitchell, both well known for their record breaking Arctic, Antarctic and mountain climbing expeditions. They agreed that early experiences in challenging themselves through the outdoors had shown them that they could achieve more than they thought. This idea led to the realisation that many young people, for a variety of reasons, often do not have the opportunity to start the ‘believe – achieve’ process and make the most of their lives.

The Youth Adventure Programme

Our Youth Adventure Programme is an outdoor youth development course that provides young people between 11 and 14 years old a chance to try new things and challenge themselves. The programme enables them to experience success, learn to go beyond their own expectations and grow in confidence.

The Youth Adventure Programme is a series of residential adventure camps and day activities over three years, where young people have the chance to take part in a range of activities, work in a team, experience group living and challenge themselves in a new environment. The programme is provided completely free of charge to all the young people who take part.

What is the Youth Adventure Programme?

The first step of the Youth Adventure Programme is the Explore Day which is an introduction to outdoor activities and The Mitchemp Trust.  Following this there are 3 residential opportunities; Mountain Camp, Coastal Camp and Forest Camp.  In the final year of the programme there are 3 Pathway Days, where as well as taking part in activities young people have the chance to look into other organisations and things going on in their local area.

All activities are run by fully qualified instructors. The Trust recruits and trains volunteers to support the children in all aspects of their welfare.

What are the benefits of the Youth Adventure Programme?

The programme is designed to challenge and inspire young people, helping them develop their self esteem and confidence. The course emphasises the importance of team work, communication, social skills and learning about taking responsibility. These are the essential building blocks to help young people grow into individuals who are able to make a positive contribution in the future. 

Please contact Tessa Woodrow - Operations Manager  for further information. 

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