There are various activities provided at camp; outward bounds, creative and workshops. The young people are divided into groups and these rotate around the activities on a daily basis so they will have a morning of outwards bounds activities and then an afternoon of three workshops.
All workshops are youth friendly and involve games, quizzes, role-play and discussion. They are all about HIV related topics – medicine, talking to others, general HIV knowledge – and are run by experts. There are also therapeutic art based workshops where the young people are encouraged to express themselves and their feels about living with HIV.
In the middle of camp there is a creative day where the young people choose from a range of creative activities for a day. These activities can include making a film, dance, singing, rapping, drama, sculpture and for those who prefer, football or other on site sports activities. In the evening, those groups who want to will perform to the camp.
The evenings are run by former camp attendees who have moved on to become camp leaders and showed a real talent for entertainment. There is music, dancing and the chance to perform.
After our first camp, the young people who came said they wanted more free time to hang out together, so during the day we have made sure there is some time for this too.
09:30 - 12:30 Activities/workshops (activities include team building and outward bounds sessions)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:00 Activities/workshops
17:00 - 20:00 Dinner and free time
20:00 - 22:00 Evening activity
22:00 House meeting
Camp is run by a small team of CHIVA staff and a large group of volunteers. Volunteers take the roles of Camp Leaders and Key Workers. The Key Workers job is to support a designated group of young people for the duration of camp, passing on information, managing bedtime and supporting the young people in taking their medication. Camp Leaders help with all aspects of ensuring camp runs smoothly including logistics, dinner time duties, running evening activities alongside the Youth Committee and ensuring young people are safe and happy during their time at camp.
We have a small team of nurses who register all the medication the young people bring with them to camp, and they assist the Key Workers in supporting the young people with their medication needs. Every day we have a designated nurse as medical lead who deals with any issues that arise during that 24 hour period. They also ensure any information or concerns that comes to light at camp around young people's health needs and condition, is passed on to the health care professional that works with them outside of camp.