Rent a Tent – a family approach to low-cost camping

Key features

  • Teaching families to camp
  • Supporting family camping holidays
  • The impacts on family life and young people

In this filmed interview, Kelly Youngs from the South Hetton Learning Away partnership describes the story of how their low cost camping residentials for pupils led to a ‘rent a tent’ scheme for families.

A robust learning outside the classroom programme is embedded into the curriculum of each of the three South Hetton schools, helping to develop resilient and self-confident children. The schools decided to extend this to parents; recognising that parents were missing out on seeing their children in a new light, as well as potentially developing their practical camping and parenting skills.

As Kelly points out in this short film, many local families have a vision of the east of County Durham as ex-mining communities, barren and without interest. In fact, the coastline is stunningly beautiful and not only do family residentials enable families to have a holiday together, perhaps for the first time, but they also introduce families to some of the fantastic features and attractions they may never otherwise experience.

Following successful supported family camping residentials, parents are able to ‘rent-a-tent’ in order to take a break as a family. All the equipment they need is provided, and it can even be transported to a campsite if necessary. Kelly describes how this can impact on family life and young people’s wellbeing.

Watch the filmed interview with Kelly to find out more about the approach.