Hill House Summer Camps are held each year during the school holidays.
Young people attending ‘Explore’ will be accommodated in the Main House.
Weeks A, B, C and the new Football Academy* spend their week camping in new ridge tents but enjoying all the facilities of Hill House.
* see details below
|Explore||Dan Hunter & Becky Cox||27 July - 31 July||7 - 11 Yrs||£80.00
|A||Adam Kelland & Vicky Hinton||1 Aug - 8 Aug||15 - 17 yrs||£135.00
|B||Mark Bashford & Julia Bashford||8 Aug - 15 Aug||11 - 14 yrs||£135.00
|C||Anita & Matt & Maddie Doherty||15 Aug - 21 Aug||12 - 15 yrs||£135.00
|Football Academy||Marc Owen & Abi Helps||23 Aug - 27 Aug||10 - 13 yrs||£135.00
Brief Overview of the Camps:
‘Explore’- is a new week of camp started in 2018. It is very popular, so we will be running it again this year. it is for the age range 7-11yrs and we have slightly changed the structure. It will be over a shorter period of time, Monday 27th July 10.00am – Friday 31st July 6.00pm. The campers will be in the bedrooms of the main house instead of in tents. We do a wide variety of activities like archery, team building games, sports, crafts, BBQ, film night, disco, inflatable assault course but the pool is one of the firm favourites. To help the young people feel at home for their time away, we are requesting that a children’s worker or volunteer accompany the younger children aged 7-9 yrs sent from a church. However, we realise that isn’t always possible, so we will provide ‘House Parents’ for those not able to bring a chidren’s worker / volunteer. Helpers would join the team but also benefit from their own teaching and support. There will be a small charge to cover food and accommodation.
Week A – is awesome. It is jam packed with fun and games, as well as learning more about God, meeting with him and being encourage by him. We run loads of different activities, seminars and celebrations, which all add up to an amazing, and potentially life-changing, experience.
Week B- promises lots of fun and laughter, games and sports, crafts and fantastic company. Every part of the week, from the activities to the topics we talk about, link together with a central theme. Our action-packed programme, fantastic team and inclusive atmosphere all help to ensure that each and every person at Week B has an amazing time. We aim to provide space for everyone to meet with Jesus, whatever their individual experience may be.
Week C- is an opportunity for young people to create funny memories, make new friendships and explore faith. We have got a solid team of volunteers who are all committed to making this week and unforgettably enjoyable experience.
Weeks A,B & C have a free coach to camp from Bristol (Cribbs Causeway) and Gloucester (Denmark Road) for week A & B and Stonehouse (Bethel Church) for Week C. These additional stops are subject to demand.
NEW FOR 2020!
Football Academy – Hill House Summer camp are very excited to announce the start of a new week for young people passionate about football and faith. Following two years of prayer and discussion several things have come together for 2020: A passionate team, Brazilian football coaches, local facilities and individuals willing to support this initiative from Wales, England and Brazil.
We aim to provide excellent, quality, training and football education for girls and boys of all footballing abilities in a Christian environment. Teaching skills, developing character with pastoral support and care for young people.
Alongside the main programme for youth aged 10-13 there will be a young leader programme for ages 14-15 for 10 individuals who want to further develop football skills and leadership or coaching.
Transport will not be provided as we want to invite parents and carers to join us on Thursday evening at the end of the week for a BBQ and presentation evening to celebrate our young people’s success.
|Explore||Dan Hunter||My name is Dan Hunter and I've been involved with Hill House since the age of 8, when I use to get in the way of people on work parties, doing various jobs around the site. I started going as a camper from age 11-17, then became an officer helping the week to function. I've also been involved with various youth work over the years and have a passion for the age range that 'Explore' caters for.
Hill House has had a huge impact on my life and looking back has made a real difference in my relationship with God. It's a privilege each year to see how God works in the lives of the campers who come and I look forward to the year ahead seeing Him making more impact and building relationships with everyone at the summer camps.
|Becky Cox||My name is Becky and I am so excited to be helping to lead the 'Explore' week of camp with Dan this year. Camp is one of my favourite places in the whole world and has played a really significant part in my spiritual journey over many years. I have been a camper on camp, and then a leader on the team in various different roles. Last year was a particularly special year for me as my husband and I (who I met on camp!) brought our 3 children to camp with us for the first time and had the privilege of sharing the experience with them. I am currently working with young people at a young offenders unit in Bristol, and have done various other children / youth work roles over the past 15 years. I am so passionate about young people getting to know God and having a personal encounter with Him, it is just a real privilege to be part of Hill House where that is the focus!
|Week A||Adam Kelland||Week A is awesome! It is jam packed with fun and games, as well as learning more about God, meeting with him and being encouraged by him. We run loads of different activities, seminars and celebrations, which all add up to an amazing, and potentially life-changing, experience.
I'm Adam and I'm one of the week leader of week A.
I have been involved in Hill House camps since I was 11. Having seen my grandfather, Jasper lead Devon camps for years I feel privileged to be in the position of following in his footsteps as a week leader, and last year, on my 18th year, took my 6 week old son, also Jasper, to Hill House week A for his first taste of the best the summer has to offer.
|Vicki Hinton||I have been going to Hill House since I was one year old, and love going back there year on year. It is the place that I made great friends, met my husband, and came to know God in a real and personal way. I have been involved in summer camps, both as a camper and a leader, for many years. I love seeing how God works in and through people at Hill House, and am looking forward to seeing what he has in store on Week A this year!
|Week B||Mark Bashford||I have been involved in Hill House camp since 2009. It's a privilege to be part of the work at Hill House, where I also serve as a Trustee. The Summer camp work is an amazing opportunity to see God challenge and grow young people, campers and leaders alike. What God has done over the years through camps is just wonderful to see, what does this year has in store? - well we pray for him to bless us again!
|Julia Bashford||I have been involved in Hill House camps in many ways. I was a camper through my teens then helped on the team as a junior leader. More recently I have got back involved with Hill House and have been part of the team taking on different roles. Hill house was always one of those places I looked forward to being and it is a real privilege to be able to be part of that again.
|Week C||Anita||Hi, I'm Anita. I first became involved with Hill House in 2000 as a tent officer. I have served on different teams and now have the privilege of leading Week 5 with Matt and Maddie.
Hill House is a very special place that holds many special memories for me and my children. I look forward to leading the week and seeing how God works during the week. It's always amazing to hear years later from former campers the impact camp had on them. So I'm excited to be part of a great team leading the week.
|Matt & Maddie|
|My name is Matt, and I help to lead week C. Hill House is a second home
to me and I’ve been attending the summer camps for as long as I can
remember. I currently serve as one of the Youth Pastors for a local
church in Bristol, and I love working with young people (most of the
time!). I’m passionate about leading Week C with an amazing team,
upholding its reputation for being welcoming, spiritual, creative, loads
of fun and the sort of week you can easily invite your friends to.
Hi, I am Maddie. I was born and raised in California, and have lived in
the UK for three years. I have been working with young people for over
seven years in lots of different contexts around the world, and am
currently serving with a church in Bristol as one of their Youth
Pastors. I am passionate about discipleship, adventure, and the great
outdoors. This is why I'm a big fan of Hill House Camps and helping lead
week C and the amazing group of people who make up the team.
|Football Academy||Marc Owen||I’ve been involved with Hill House for around 25 years. I used to speak on older weeks working alongside Ray Thomas, Dave Phipps and Brendan Dykes. It was such an incredible privilege to see God working in the lives of campers and leaders alike and I have been humbled to have a new opportunity to re-engage with Camp through this exciting new football week.
|Abi Helps||I am looking forward to leading the team at Football Academy, having previously loved being on sports teams at Soul Survivor and New Wine. Being a part of the Hill House team, alongside the officers and campers is something I look forward to every year. The community that is built year upon year is more like a family and it is amazing to see God move through the young people in real and incredible ways. God has continually shown me more of who He is through camp and I am excited to see what God will do this year with Football Academy!
Located near Bridgwater, in the beautiful Somerset Countryside, Hill House is set in ten acres of pasture, five acres of woodland and is ideal for a holiday with both indoor and outdoor pursuits.
Camps are run to give young people maximum fun and enjoyment in a lively Christian atmosphere and provide a variety of activities, competitions and all kinds of sport including swimming in the outdoor pool. Activities vary according to the age group.
All weeks have experienced leader’s who are committed Christians and they work with an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Campers are supervised by leaders during camp for the majority of the time working together in small groups. During day trips off site campers are not under constant supervision but are encouraged to stay in small groups and have access to leaders at a central meeting point.
Photos taken at camp are published on the Hill House website as a permanent reminder of the summer camps, although will not be used without parental permission.
It is important that campers stay for the duration of the full week, as late arrivals and early departures cause disruption to camp.
As a Christian camp the highest moral standards are encouraged. Each camper will be expected to keep camp rules. Cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances are not permitted at any time during the weeks of camp. Anyone contravening this may be required to leave camp immediately.