There are various structured activity sessions provided at camp and the time is divided between workshops, outward bounds, and creative activities. Participants are divided into groups which rotate around the activities on a daily basis so they will have a morning of outwards bounds activities and then an afternoon of workshop time or vice versa.
Workshops and Freetime
All workshops are youth friendly and involve interactive games, role-plays and discussion. They are all about HIV related topics – medicine, talking to others, general HIV knowledge, knowing your rights – and are faciliated by experts. There are also therapeutic arts based workshops where the young people are encouraged to express themselves and their feelings about living with HIV.
There is plenty of structured free time at camp for participants to play football, games or just hang out with each other. Participants hand in their mobile phones when they arrive so there is time and space for young people to talk and interact.
The evenings are co-organised with a group of former camp attendees who have moved on to become camp leaders. They organise games and group activities, host performances and run the party on the last night.
Support at camp
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. Camp Leaders help with all aspects of ensuring camp runs smoothly including logistics, dinner time duties, and co-running evening activities.
We have a small team of medical professionals 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 medical lead who deals with any issues that arise during that 24 hour period. They also ensure any information or concerns around young people's health needs, are passed on to the health care professional who works with them outside of camp.