The Edmund Rice Camps are based on the example and spirituality of Blessed Edmund Rice. They invite young people to engage in voluntary work and to contextualise it with a programme of daily Reflection and Evaluation.
The first Edmund Rice Camp was held in Australia in 1979. There have been Edmund Rice Camps in England since 2001 and now camps are held annually in Stoke, Liverpool, Salford and Wirral. There are Edmund Rice Camps running all over the world, from Australia to New Zealand, Africa to North America.
The success of the Camps is founded on a principal of one Leader to every child. In this way our young service users are guaranteed the time and attention that ensures they have a positive experience with us.
All Camps are sponsored and supported by the Congregation of Christian Brothers.
All our Camps are organised and run by young adult leaders aged 17 and above. Volunteers are recruited from Christian Brothers schools as well as other groups and ministries with links to the Edmund Rice Network.
Volunteers are selected for their enthusiasm, commitment and desire to work with vulnerable children. Academic excellence is not a prerequisite; we want a diverse mix of young people on Camp!
Each Camp also contains a number of older, more experienced Leaders acting as mentors, coordinators and supervisors. The total number of volunteers on Camp is usually around 25.
All volunteers are expected to partake in detailed Reflection sessions at the end of each day. Camp does not end when the children go home!
The average number of children on camp is 20-25. The age of participants is recommended as 7-11. However, exceptions may be made at either end of the scale where a Coordinators sees fit.
Local feeder primary schools are invited to select children who would benefit from a structured week of fun activities during their holidays. The reasons for their selection, unless absolutely necessary, are unknown to the volunteers on Camp.
Academic performance, disciplinary records, and popularity in school should have no bearing on whether a child is invited to Camp.
As is the case for Leaders, a short Reflection plays an important part of the children’s day on Camp.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.