There are various structured activity sessions provided at camp. Time is divided between workshops, outward bounds activities and creative activities. Participants are allocated to groups which rotate around the activities, so each young person has varied days within a consistent group they can get to know.
Workshops and Free time
All workshops are youth friendly and involve interactive games, role-plays and discussion. They are facilitated by experts and address topics related to HIV, such as essential knowledge, medicine, rights and talking to others. There are also therapeutic arts-based workshops in which young people are encouraged to express themselves and their feelings about living with HIV.
Plenty of free time is built into the camp timetable so that participants can play football, enjoy games or just hang out together. Participants hand in their mobile phones when they arrive so there is time and space for young people to talk and interact fully and freely.
The evenings are organised with 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. A Key Worker's job is to support a designated group of young people for the duration of camp. Camp Leaders help with ensuring camp runs smoothly and their roles include logistical tasks, dinner time duties and co-facilitation of evening activities.
A small team of medical professionals register all the medication that young people bring with them to camp. They assist the Key Workers in supporting the young people with their medication needs. Every day a designated medical lead deals with any issues arising. They also ensure any key information or concerns around young people's health needs are shared with the healthcare professional who works with them outside of camp.