Report for Senior Military Personnel
Kingâ€™s Camps Service for Military Families 2008
Presented by the Kingâ€™s Foundation, November 2008
“I am happy to support the continued development of King’s Camps within the military and I look forward to seeing increasing numbers of families benefiting from this service”. Major General Tim Cross, cbe
have witnessed how King’s Camps have impacted the lives of our service children
ince 1991 we have worked to positively influence the lives of children and young
this summer and I have heard many favourable
people throughout the UK and in developing
comments from military personnel about the
countries. Working with military families over
partnership that’s developing between the
the past 2 years has been a real privilege and
welfare services and the King’s Foundation.
everyone associated with our organisation is proud to be contributing to the welfare of
Due to the demands of service life,
particularly during times of conflict, service families experience unique challenges that
I trust that everyone who reads this report
can be unsettling for them and the wider
will understand something of the spirit of
community. By providing a service that
our work and the benefits of the service we
promotes integration, family support and
positive experiences for children and young people, this partnership is helping to alleviate
some of these issues to the benefit of all
Chairman of The King’s Foundation
concerned. I am happy to support the continued development of King’s Camps within the military and I look forward to seeing increasing number of families benefiting from this service. Major General Tim Cross, cbe
Executive Summary V
ia the military welfare services, a range of
Building on successful pilot programmes in
measures have been put in place to lessen
2007, the King’s Foundation provided a King’s
the impact of conflict on service personnel
Camps service during the 2008 summer school
and their families. One such measure is to
holidays to 905 children from 470 military
provide positive activities for children and
families at 8 UK bases. King’s Camps is a
young people during their leisure time and in
sports and activity programme for 4-17s and
response to this the military welfare services
each programme ran for two or three weeks at
have established partnerships with the King’s
each base. The King’s Camps programme is
designed to provide fun, structure and positive activity in a safe and secure environment.
It’s widely accepted that children that engage in regular physical activity are more likely to
This report has been prepared by The King’s
develop into healthy and responsible adults.
Foundation for senior military personnel
The school holidays are times when children
to describe to them the service that’s been
and young people can lack structure and
purpose, often leading to negative behaviour
qualitative and quantitative feedback from
The Service to the Military D
uring 2008, the King’s Camps programme was provided for service families at 8 UK bases. The programme enabled 905 children, to make new friends and build relationships with
children of all ages. Places were also provided to civilian children living in close proximity to military communities, encouraging and enabling military and civilian children to integrate during their holidays.
Child Place Provision Military Base
No of Weeks
Operational Management The King’s Foundation undertook all the operational and administrative processes, freeing community officers to continue their invaluable military community work. King’s provided: • Discounted child places • Qualified, cleared and trained staff teams • Age-tailored programmes for children aged 4-17 • Sports equipment and programme resources • Programme registration via OFSTED inspection • Promotional support via printed materials and advice • Lost child service at the Army Open Day in Aldershot • 5 taster days for families to experience the service
Programme Costs T
he cost of a child place for a 5-day programme varied from £50 to £95, with
“ The price was great and it’s
Cost of a 5-day programme
great that it has been subsidised. I will be sending Paige to Kids Camp for the whole duration next year. I can only hope that the staff next year are even half as good as the ones you have this year”.
RAF Lyneham Parent
an average cost per place of £66. The cost was set by individual welfare services who applied varying levels of subsidies depending on their budget. Every base levied an amount of this child place cost to parents so that the service was valued by families.
Parent feedback points to value for money and gratitude to welfare services for providing a high quality service.
“ The staff organised the children very well, there was a great variety of activities. Can’t fault the camp in anyway, wonderful atmosphere and great value for money”. Aldershot Parent
ingâ€™s Camps consists of 3 different programmes; Kids Camp, Teen Camp and Rookie Sports Leadership
Programme. Kids Camp for 4+
Teen Camp for 10+
Staff teams ensure that every child feels at
Based on team sports and games, Teen Camp
ease and welcomed into the Kingâ€™s family via
helps teens to learn how to work together and
creative and interactive games and activities.
learn the benefits of self discipline, mutual respect and fair play.
Teen Camp coaching
By using bright, interactive and age appropriate
methods are designed to positively channel
equipment, activities are designed to develop
teen energy, competitiveness and enthusiasm.
individual and team awareness, motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Hour long sessions allow teens to develop their skills and games and tournaments are
experience a good range of activities, many
integrated into every session enabling teens to put their new skills into practice.
of which are not available for children to experience in a typical school setting.
Managers adapt core sports to suit the teen
exposing children to these activities at an early
groups and ensure they get the best out of the
age, children learn to enjoy them, learn new
facilities that are available.
skills and gain self-confidence, often leading to active participation beyond the programme. A final day event provides children with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills theyâ€™ve learnt through the week to parents and families. Families were extremely impressed with the provision for this age group.
The Rookie Sports Leadership Programme for 14+ The Rookie Sport Leadership Award gives 14s to 17s the opportunity to develop sports and
“ Zack was made a Rookie this
The programme has four progressive awards
week and he has had a fantastic time, he thoroughly enjoyed himself, you have taught him so much, and he you a few things I hope! Can you have camp for 6 weeks next year?”
ranging from Bronze to Platinum, allowing
leadership skills. Rookies assist coaches, lead supervised sessions and enjoy playing sport with their peers, often resulting in improved self-confidence and a desire to pursue a sports or childcare related career.
knowledge and skills under the guidance of
“I want to congratulate King’s Camp on not
supportive and experienced staff.
only creating a service that was truly needed, but for being able to pick the correct people
Rookies are able to include details of their
for the job. All the staff that I have met are
programme participation in their Record of
accommodating and friendly, they seem
Achievement, CV, College/Job applications,
genuinely concerned and considerate of the
Duke of Edinburgh Award and on UCAS
children and most importantly they seem happy
forms. Many Rookies graduate to work for
to be there and that they are enjoying themselves
King’s Camps or progress to a career in sport,
which in itself is a great characteristic to have
teaching or childcare related sectors.
when working with children”. RAF Cottesmore Parent
Kids, Teen and Rookie programmes include some or all of the following activities: Aerobics
Arts & Crafts
Benefits for Service Families Q
ualitative and quantitive feedback was received via customer score cards, parent comment books and letters. The feedback provided overwhelming evidence that King’s Camps was an
extremely positive experience for parents, children and the communities in which they were held. 82% of attending families completed and returned a customer score card and the following customer service ratings were received (scored out of 5): Atmosphere & Fun
Organisation & Professionalism
“ I can honestly say I have never seen him being so excited about anything so much before…the staff team were just fantastic, very professional and full of energy” RAF Wittering Parent
Physical Health Benefits
The service offered short-term stability for families,
It’s widely accepted that children that engage
proving particularly valuable for families where
in regular physical activity are more likely to
a deployed parent was absent by alleviating
develop into healthy and responsible adults.
difficulties in arranging childcare, providing
The school holidays are times when children
peace of mind and positive opportunities for
and young people can lack structure and
children and young people.
purpose, often leading to negative behaviour and habits.
“ Mobility can have a detrimental impact on children’s emotional wellbeing… frequent moves can have a significant detrimental impact on young people, particularly their willingness to form friendships with their peers”
The King’s Camps programme is designed to provide fun, structure and positive activity in a safe and secure environment. Children were able to develop their physical capabilities in a wide variety of activities. This was made possible by the extensive range of high quality sports equipment supplied to each site.
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Staff teams help children learn about how their bodies change during exercise, the benefits of a
Children from service and civilian families
balanced diet and how to adopt an enjoyable,
had the opportunity to make new friends their
own age and participate in activities that
and a healthy lifestyle are readily entered into
facilitated positive interaction between older
by staff, children and parents.
Theme days promoting fun
and younger children. The programmed and structured activities stimulated children, helped
A house system encourages children of all ages
to boost their confidence and encouraged
to work together positively. House challenges
them to interact and form lasting friendships.
and competitions maintain a high degree of fun and motivation, keeping the children
enthused all day. Many parents commented
emotional needs of children by assisting the
on how well the children interacted with each
development of children’s coping mechanisms
other and the staff teams.
and concentration. Each sport and activity session encourages self initiation, problem solving and provides informational feedback, facilitating children’s motivation.
Benefits to Welfare Services “ There are many benefits of the military
“ We worked with King’s to deliver the King’s
working with King’s Camps. The programme greatly enhances the work of welfare services, it’s unique and highly valued, but perhaps the greatest benefit is that it frees up valuable time for the community development workers to focus their efforts on other community work”. Rick Matthews, Divisional Community Development Officer 4 Div, London District and Brunei
Camps programme for children at Wittering over a three week period this summer. From my perspective it was a huge success because the children were fully engaged during the day and the wide range of activities meant they had a fantastic time. The parents were really grateful that we’d provided this service to them and I look forward to extending this service in 2009 and beyond” Mark Davies, Community Development Officer, RAF Wittering
partnerships between military welfare services
King’s Camps maximised the use of military
and the King’s Foundation was crucial to
ensuring the success of the service.
halls and large outdoor areas. At 4 bases
swimming pools were used for a structured King’s
outstanding work of welfare services, bringing
swim programme delivered by a Level 2 Swim Teacher and qualified lifeguard.
additional and specialised skills and expertise that met the specific needs of children and
Good communication between programme
young people during their holidays.
managers and military personnel in charge of facilities ensured that the service didn’t
The feedback received from welfare service
prevent regular and necessary access to the
personnel is that the King’s Camps service
sports facilities for military personnel.
frees their time to allow them to concentrate on their year-round support work.
The King’s Foundation supports the Ministry of Defence’s introduction of a childcare voucher scheme which from 2007 has enabled increasing numbers of families to utilise the service. The Foundation is registered with several childcare voucher providers.
About King’s Camps Programme
King’s Camps employ over 600 staff annually
ing’s Camps provide over 30,000 child places annually.
with the managers of each programme being experienced teachers or coaches holding sport
King’s Camps combine the best elements of a
or child related qualifications. Coaching staff
holiday club, sports camp and activity holiday
have relevant national governing body coaching
into a week of fun and adventure without the
or childcare qualifications and experience.
expense of a residential camp. Staff are selected on the basis of their There are three age-distinct programmes within
qualifications and their ability to build
King’s Camps; Kids Camp, Teen Camp and
rapport with each child and help them reach
the Rookie Sports Leadership Programme.
The staff selection process
clearance, training and a comprehensive staff development programme.
King’s Camps provide the option of a 10am to 4pm standard day service and an 8.30am to
Health and Safety
5.30pm extended day service. King’s Camps are safe and children’s safety is our priority.
Our camps are registered
with OFSTED, Care Standards Inspectorate, British Activity Holiday Association and we are holders of the RoSPA Gold Award. Staff teams are cleared using Disclosure through the Criminal Records Bureau. Regular inspection of our programmes ensure our health and safety and general operating standards are maintained.
About the King’s Foundation T
he King’s Foundation is a UK registered
Our outreach programmes use sport and
charity (1105460) established in 1991 to
biblically based activities to develop young
develop children through sport.
people’s physical, emotional and spiritual capacities that they may grow to full maturity
Based on Christian values, we work with
as individuals and members of society.
children and young people throughout the social spectrum and in a variety of settings in
We use our expertise and experience to
the UK, Europe and in the developing world.
enhance the work of other well-known
We believe that sport gives children the
organisations that have responsibility for
opportunity to develop into mature, responsible
children; organisations such as Eurocamp,
adults and we ensure that our programmes are
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fun and enjoyable as well as having structure and purpose. We are the largest organiser of children’s activity programmes in the UK and we have developed a network of outreach programmes for disadvantaged communities in Botswana, Uganda and South Africa.
2009 Schedule T
he King’s Foundation is committed to providing the maximum possible number
of child places for service families and is scheduled to deliver a number of King’s Camps in 2009 at the same military bases as 2008. A significant number of additional partnership agreements with welfare services
“ These past 2 years have seen a mutually
beneficial partnership develop between welfare services and the King’s Foundation and the outcome of this has been a high quality service to families that has made a positive impact on the lives of service families.
are being finalised across the British Army,
Due to this success, there is the knowledge,
Royal Navy and RAF at military bases in the
will and resolve to continue to develop the
UK and overseas.
King’s Camps service further with those military bases that we’ve worked with so far
Wash up meetings are taking place between
and to expand the service to other military
representatives from the King’s Foundation,
bases in the UK and overseas.
to evaluate the 2008 service and agree
Our charitable mission and conviction is
improvements for 2009.
to make a difference to children’s lives by providing high quality, positive experiences.
The partnership agreement process usually
We believe that by working alongside welfare
takes around 3 months from start to finish.
services, we are delivering our mission and
To start this process, please contact Rebecca
meeting a point of need. We look forward to
Padgett, Rebecca’s contact details can be
providing further opportunities for increasing
found at the back of this report.
numbers of service families over the coming years”. Richard Holmes, Chief Executive Officer, the King’s Foundation
The Kingâ€™s Foundation would like to thank the following people for their co-operation and support in delivering the Kingâ€™s Camps service and with writing this report: Colonel Nigel Josling, Commander Aldershot Garrison Colonel Tim Forster, Commander Aldershot Garrison Major Jo Usher, Deputy Chief of Staff Aldershot Garrison George Coutts, SO2G1 RO1 Capt (Retd) Doug Devlin, Senior Welfare Support Officer Martin French, Senior Community Development Worker
Colonel Nick Millen, Commander Catterick Garrison Peter Stableford, Senior Welfare Support Officer Janet Reeve, Executive Officer Army Welfare Service Dave Donaldson, Senior Community Development Worker
Colonel Tony Phillips, Commander Colchester Garrison Lt Colonel Ray Housley, Senior Welfare Support Officer Dianne Waddington, SO2G1 John Wilmott, Senior Community Development Worker
Wing Commander Del Rowlands, Officer Commanding Base Support Wing Squadron Leader Sandy Sandilands, Officer Commanding Personnel Management Squadron Patrick Lewis Brown, Community Development Worker
Wing Commander Dave Collinson, Officer Commanding Base Support Wing Wing Commander Rob Snell, Officer Commanding Base Support Wing Squadron Leader Katherine Rand, Officer Commanding Personnel Management Squadron Flight Lieutenant Claire Adamson, Officer Commanding Personnel Services Flight
Wing Commander Mike Bale, Officer Commanding Personnel Support Wing Squadron Leader Paul Tuite, Officer Commanding Force Development Squadron Adrian Whittaker, Community Development Worker Becki Taylor, Community Development Worker
RAF Wyton, Brampton & Henlow
Squadron Leader Jenny Hone, Officer Commanding Personnel Management Squadron Mark Davis, Community Development Worker
Contact Information The King’s Foundation Osborne House 47 Snaithing Lane Sheffield S10 3LF 0114 263 2150 Registered charity 1105460 www.kingsfoundation.org www.kingscamps.org Rebecca Padgett – Commercial Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Richard Holmes – Chief Executive Officer email@example.com David Taylor – Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org
The King's Foundation is pleased to offer children's programmes for military families in the UK.