The two, four and seven-night camps are being held at YHA Edale and Okehampton, located in the Peak District and Dartmoor National Parks respectively. Accommodation in a private room, all meals, activities and instruction are included in the price; with costs for a two-night camp starting from just £120 for under 18s and £140 for adults.
Activities at the camps include rock climbing, weaselling, orienteering, archery, high ropes courses, team building exercises, caving, canoeing and abseiling, and all activities are included in the price.
The camps, which are taking place during August, address YHA’s recent research that found that 65% of parents say they play only occasionally with their children.
YHA’s new Family Camps are designed to get families away from their screens and sun loungers this summer and encourage them to spend quality time together in the UK countryside.
The Youth Hostels holding the Family Camps have been specifically chosen for their health and wellbeing benefits. A recent YHA survey showed that 85% of guests who stayed in the charity’s countryside hostels reported an increase in wellbeing and enjoyment.
The leading youth charity anticipates the camps will be welcomed by busy, modern families who feel they don’t spend enough time with their children during the average working week and struggle to find time for each other between work, school and chores.
The camps are held during school holidays, making a break during peak holiday season affordable and within reach of many families.
James Blake, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales) commented: “As a youth charity, we understand how important it is that families spend time together, so I am delighted that we have been able to create these affordable breaks and give families the chance to reconnect and experience the countryside and all that it has to offer.
“We understand the real benefits of families spending time together and we are committed to accessibility, affordability and exclusivity and our Family Camps encompass all this.”