**New cycles of Basecamp 2 will begin in Edinburgh in the autumn. Registration is not currently open, but you can contact our office to register your interest now**
What is Basecamp 2?
Basecamp 2 offers the regularity and social benefits of a social club with a structured programme of individual personal development tailored to individual needs and personal circumstances. Young people meet each week at the club base where they can undertake a mixture of social activities, structured group work, and receive the 1:1 support of a trained mentor to help facilitate their personal programme. Interested in becoming a mentor? Click here.
Over the course of 26 sessions, Basecamp 2 helps participants to focus on their own strengths and goals by supporting them to take part in new activities and experiences. With the help of their mentor the young people decide which activities and experiences they would like to try. The mentor will help plan these activities and will support on a 1:1 basis over the 26 sessions to help achieve these goals. We provide participants with a workbook which gives examples and ideas of activities they can try, ultimately leading to the completion of the 6 Cairn Certificates.
What are the Cairn Certificates?
A Cairn is a man-made pile of rocks, used as a landmark on a path or journey, and we apply this idea to the Cairns in Basecamp 2. The Basecamp 2 experience will lead participants along the six Cairn Certificates: Social, Community, Skills, Talent, Challenge and My Cairn. Once they have achieved a Cairn, they can move on to the next stage of their journey in any order they like. Once all six Cairns have been achieved, Basecamp 2 has been completed and the participants receive their SUMMIT AWARD. See below for some examples of the activities and experiences that can be undertaken in order to complete the Cairn Certificates:
Social: “I could teach others at the club a skill that I have learned” or “I could go for a coffee with other people from the club”.
Community: “I could make a poster about recycling in my local area” or “I could become a member of my local library and take out a book to read”.
Skills: I could plan, and then take a trip on public transport” or “I could try to cook a healthy meal from a recipe”.
Talent: “I could learn some words or phrases in another language” or “I could try to make my own comic strip”.
Challenge: “I could try to hula-hoop without stopping or dropping the hoop for two minutes” or “I could participate in or organise a sponsored walk/run”.
As you can see, each activity chosen to complete the Cairn Certificate is designed by the participant themselves, creating a truly individual experience for everyone who attends.
The workbook then provides participants with a log of their progress, with space to tease out their ideas and reflect on their achievements.
Who is it for?
Children and young people from across Edinburgh and the Lothians, aged 11-17, who want to try new things and meet new people. Participants must be willing to engage in a group environment, although part of the role of the mentor is to assist in making this experience as comfortable as possible.
Where is Basecamp 2 held?
Basecamp 2 is currently running in Armadale, West Lothian, and is just coming to an end in Edinburgh. The weekly sessions are held at community centres with a central location, in close proximity to local amenities such as sports halls, libraries, shopping centres etc.
Please follow our social media pages for information on future Basecamp 2 sessions launching in your council area.
What is the cost?
The total cost for the 26 week programme is £130.00
How many children and young people can attend?
We can accept 12 children and young people to take part in each cohort.
How can I get my child involved?
Simply contact the office on 0131 661 3834 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you a referral form to complete. Unfortunately we cannot accept new participants once the programme has started, but we can save your details on our register of interest and contact you with a referral form to complete once we have details on when the next programme will begin.