This is one of the headline actions of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy published in May 2013.
Beginning in summer 2015, the programme provided a range of opportunities for young people aged 11 to 19 across Northern Ireland to come together to build positive relationships across what have become divided parts of our community. The Camps are about challenging historic positions, encouraging debate and discussion and providing a way for young people to get to know each other, try new experiences, have fun and help to build longer term relationships. Camps must be delivered on a cross-community basis.
The programme is funded through The Executive Office and administered by the Education Authority.
The T:BUC Camps Programme has specific measurable outcomes which are completed at each camp. These are drawn from the overall T:BUC priorities.
A number of materials and resources are available to help support Camps Programmes. These include the EA Good Relations Pack which is a comprehensive guide and support to camps programme planning and delivery.
There is also a series of curriculum materials CCEA has developed on behalf of the Department of Education as part of the Tackling Paramilitarism Programme. They have produced a set of eight Active Citizenship and Lawfulness online resources around a range of issues including “What is Lawfulness”, “What is Justice”, “What is Citizenship” and “Criminality and Paramilitaries in Communities”. There is also a specific resource linked to the “Ending the Harm” campaign.
114 camps received funding in 2017/18 and details of these programmes can be found below: