We’re currently recruiting 16 and 17 year olds to join our exciting and highly rewarding National Citizen Service (NCS) programme for Summer 2022! The 2 week programme sees these young people enjoying adventurous activities, learning invaluable life skills, taking on new challenges, making friends and making a difference in their community. This is an incredibly fun opportunity for young people to stretch their comfort zone, boost mental wellbeing, make up for time lost over lockdown and achieve new things. We operate by a ‘challenge by choice’ model, which gives young people confidence, resilience and self-belief. Participants get to build their aspirations, independence and communication, leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills. The programme is also highly valued by employers, colleges and universities. 80% of last year’s cohort said that they would recommend the programme and one parent commented: “It turned my daughter’s life around. She was depressed, anxious, insomniac, not eating. She now has friends, sleep routine, exercises, has a job, gone back to education, has aspirations & enthusiasm for the future.”
Participants can choose to enrol for either the 11th – 22nd July wave, or 25th July to – 5th Aug – both programmes are identical. Weekends are not included, giving the young people time to relax in between!
BF Adventure has teamed up with NCS to deliver an incredible programme, comprised of the following elements:
Week 1 residential on-site at BF Adventure
This includes two components:
‘Be Epic’ – 2 days: This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a full range of adventurous activities at BF Adventure, including canoeing, coasteering (in the quarry!), team building, climbing and abseiling, Via Ferrata, raft building, bush craft, catapult challenges, zip-lining and low ropes. Sharing the same site as BF Adventure is its social enterprise, Via Ferrata Cornwall – which offers the only full Via Ferrata experience in South England! This ultimate high wire adventure sees participants journeying through historic granite quarries by scaling cliff faces, wobbling across the high wire bridge – a 70m long single strand of wire stretching over the quarry water, and soaring through the air on one of the most scenic zip wires in Cornwall. So much more than just an adrenaline rush, this adventure is the perfect way to conquer fears, make amazing memories, try something unique and push one’s limits in a completely safe environment.
‘Live Life’ – 3 days: This allows the young people to gain invaluable life skills. Whether that’s cooking, preparing for their UCAS application or developing their CV, it’s sure to stand them in good stead for the future.
Week 2 social action project
‘Do Good’: This is a social action project which involves teams working together to come up with ideas and make a difference. It’s a chance for these young people to leave a legacy in the community and focus on causes that they’re passionate about. BF Adventure supports some of Cornwall’s most vulnerable children and young people facing life’s toughest challenges. Previously, NCS participants played a crucial role in site maintenance, developed over 1.5km of nature trails, worked with the #iwill Campaign and raised vital funds for the homeless charity Breadline.
Celebration of achievements
In mid September there will be a chance for NCS participants to celebrate all that they’ve achieved.
The programme cost is £50 per person. Bursaries are available – to find out more, please email us on NCS@bfadventure.org.
The programme has been adapted to ensure social distancing and covid-safe operations. BF Adventure has been operating throughout the pandemic to support vulnerable children and the site is AA Covid Confident certified.
How to sign up
The programme is open to all 16-17 year olds including those with additional needs. To learn more and register your interest, visit the NCS website (wearencs.com). Any questions can be sent to NCS@bfadventure.org.