Freedom 2 Be summer camp opens for registration

As the sky lightens, summer is beginning to feel closer, and so too is our annual Freedom 2 Be summer camp! 

A top highlight on our calendar, we’re excited to announce that camp registration is now OPEN. From 1-5 August, up to 100 young people living with HIV will join us in rural Derbyshire for educational workshops and arts, adventure and wellbeing activities, all shared with friends, old and new.

Who? Camp is open to 11-17 year olds growing up with HIV in the UK and Ireland (we will also accept 10-year-olds who have finished Year 6 by August but are yet to turn 11.) Last year, we had over 70 young people attending and camp activities were divided into two age groups. 

When? This year, camp will run from 1-5 August 2023 in rural Derbyshire. All costs will be covered, including transport, which will be arranged by the Chiva team.

> Register yourself or a young person you know for camp here

What’s the aim? To bring young people living with HIV together in a safe and welcoming environment where they are free to be themselves, share what they’re going through and get support from a network of those going through the same things. 

We also want young people living with HIV to know as much as possible about the virus and their treatment, giving them more confidence and control. 

And of course, we want everyone to have a fun and memorable week, which keeps them coming back every summer! We’ve been running this for a while, and many do.

What happened last year?

After last year, four in five attendees wanted to keep in touch with those they’d met at camp. 

Knowledge of core HIV concepts also jumped up by an average of 20%. 

I’m too old for camp! Can I still get involved? We’re also now accepting applications for volunteers to help run camp: Camp Leaders (18-25 and living with HIV) and Key Workers (members of the wider public who do not need to be living with HIV). See more about our volunteering opportunities and apply here.

Get in touch 

If you have any questions, please contact our Participation Manager Abi Carter on 07807705062 or [email protected].