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Unity is the theme for Enfield's youth camp

Published Wednesday, 08 August 2012

Unity Youth Group has four days of fun, adventure and learning for 120 teenagers from all over the borough at a summer camp.

As part of the borough’s Unity Youth Group plans, Enfield Council has organised four days of fun, adventure and learning for120 teenagers from all over the borough at a summer camp at Gilwell Park, Epping.

After some serious gang and postcode conflicts among young people and last year’s riots, the aim of the camp is to unite all young people from across the borough regardless of where they live and to continue building positive activities together.

The 13-19 year olds on the summer camp are from ten different youth projects across the borough and 30 young people are volunteering as youth leaders with 25 staff from the Enfield Youth Support service.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for children and youth, said, “Unity Youth was created by a group of young people at the Craig Park and Croyland Youth Centres in Edmonton.

“It is young people themselves who have shown the determination to build a new reputation for the youth of Enfield. Gradually young people are coming together, saying ‘no’ to the culture of gang violence and postcode conflicts.

“This summer event will bring many young people together learning new skills and trying new challenging activities. They will be taking part in: teambuilding and communication exercises, team sports and adventurous activities

Young people attending the camp will gain recognised national accreditations as youth leaders or as participants.

The young leaders will gain valuable experience in leading and supporting activities, while those taking part will have fun in a challenging but safe environment.

Working and learning together and enjoying meeting new people are fundamental to the success of this camp.

Camp leader, Ersin Ramiz, who manages Ponders End Youth Centre, said, “The success of this camp is to get young people to expand their social skills beyond their immediate friends; learn how to interact with new people and how to exchange ideas. Working in groups young people will be able to find new interests and also support each other.”

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