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Camp in the Cloud

At Over The Wall, we’re dedicated to helping children, young people and their families reach beyond the boundaries of serious illness to discover a world of mischief, magic and new possibilities. Since 1999, this has been our mission – to deliver free residential camps and life-changing experiences to children in various locations across the UK.  

However, this year the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has led to the cancellation of many of our venue-based camps, meaning we are unable to provide the much-needed support that our camps offer.  

For that reason, we have developed ‘Camp in the Cloud’ – a free interactive web-based* programme that brings the spirit of OTW camp directly into the home of the camper, enabling us to continue to provide a memorable, engaging and fun experience for our campers. Camp in the Cloud will provide a whole new programme of easily accessible activities, challenges and experiences, exclusively for the campers who were offered a place on our 2020 camps and those on the waiting lists. 

Support for campers  

For children with a health challenge, quality of life is adversely affected by isolation and their inability to participate in many everyday activities. This year, social distancing has meant that further isolation, boredom and uncertainty for these children is unavoidable, especially as many campers will be immunocompromised or have underlying health issues. 

Which is why an OTW camp is more important now than ever before. 

How will Camp in the Cloud work? 

Through an exciting programme of online activity, Camp in the Cloud will aim to replicate the ethos, spirit and positive outcomes of our physical camps. Much like our customary camps, children will enjoy a variety of online fun activities centred around the Therapeutic Recreation model – encouraging campers to take steps to challenge themselves, feel successful, reflect on their success and discover new possibilities. These activities will include a mix of high and low energy challenges, all of which will be fully interactive and inclusive, so that all campers can participate from their homes. 

Through arts and crafts, creative challenges, cabin chat, STEM activities (Science Technology Engineering and Math), interactive communication and much more, all activities will aim to provide a sense of achievement and a boost to self-esteem when completed. 

Each participating camper or family will receive a pack in the post containing all the resources, instructions and materials required to begin their camp experience.  We will continue to utilise the creativity, skills and experience of the OTW team and of our dedicated camp volunteers, to develop this bespoke programme of activities. 

As well as create an exclusive camp for the campers who were signed up for 2020, we also plan to engage the wider population and those who were not offered a place at camp by providing activities and challenges for everyone, via our social media platforms and website.  

Camp in the Cloud is currently under planning. More details about participating will be sent directly to the campers offered or waitlisted for 2020 campsFollow our social media for any new announcements.  

For enquiries, email –campers@otw.org.uk  

*Written instructions are available for campers attending Camp in the Cloud who are unable to access an online connection.