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Leadership Training Camp | England | York


Participants in this dynamic award-winning programme gain a better understanding of themselves and their sense of leadership. They learn to work more effectively as a team under the inspiring guidance of an outstanding Village Camps course leader and his team, supported by an impressive range of established international speakers, mainly from Europe and the US. These thought-provoking presentations by established international personalities and lively discussion sessions amongst the young campers are interspersed with outdoor, action-packed physical challenges and tasks. It adds up to an exciting new experience every day!

Summer Camp Programme suitable for ages 15-17
" Thank you so much for making these 2 weeks in camp the best experience I have ever had in my life (so far)! I really enjoyed camp, I will enter University next year and I know LTC has helped me so much to be ready. "

Programme Overview

Many of the younger campers at Village Camps set out to sign up for the flagship LTC programme as soon as they are old enough! Consequently both the York and Leysin LTC camps are quickly oversubscribed. So early booking is really essential.

This award-winning programme is led by Course Director, David Allen, assisted by a team of experienced staff plus an international selection of renowned guest speakers, specially flown in to engage with our young participants.

At the point when children move into their mid and late teens our innovative leadership training session can play a vital part in their personal development, preparation for university and for the challenges of their lives ahead. The much-acclaimed LTC programme is designed to:

Summer Camp build self-confidence
Summer Camp raise self-esteem
Summer Camp encourage motivation
Summer Camp improve communication skills and
Summer Camp develop individual leadership qualities.

We believe that at the end of the session, apart from enjoying the Fun of the course and the companionship of their fellow campers from all over the world, participants gain a better understanding of themselves as they gradually gain a real sense of leadership. The LTC campers learn how to work more effectively as a team under the inspiring guidance of the impressive Village Camps team.

This dynamic programme combines thought-provoking talks by specialist Village Camp staff and invited international speakers with a programme of testing challenges and action-packed activities. Each day is constructed around:

Summer Camp leadership training sessions
Summer Camp inspiring talks from our range of top guest speakers
Summer Camp talks are followed by an open question and answer session
Summer Camp challenging discussions that stretch the mind
Summer Camp goal-setting exercises and time management
Summer Camp innovative team-building exercises and
Summer Camp a programme of off-camp visits to outdoor sites to engage in challenging tasks and physical activities.
Summer Camp workshops and de-briefs before inviting conclusions covering:

** communication skills

** problem-solving

** leadership skills

** making judgements

** building self-confidence

** decision-making

** effective team work

Highlight Activity Days

Rescuing an (imaginary) injured pilot from a real crashed aircraft.

Instant, calm decision taking; good judgement; speed; lateral thinking and TEAM WORK!

This challenge for a typical team building day is based at an outdoor adventure centre and starts by using ropes and poles in rough terrain, raft-building and constructing a temporary bridge. This is all part of an exercise to use speed, initiative and the skills of the team to simulate the ‘rescue’ across water of an injured pilot from a crashed (real!) plane. For the camper teams fast, accurate decisions have to be made on-the-spot in a ‘life-death’ situation. The dramatic challenge vividly illustrates what a team can achieve by working together. Brilliant!

The Award –winning T.A.L.E

A competitive series of challenges that demand skills, application and multi-tasking whilst operating to a strict financial budget.

Everyone takes part in the Village Camps T.A.L.E – The Amazing Leadership Experience. The programme is designed around competitive contests with camper teams given places to find, sites to visit, items to collect and missions to accomplish. Teams are limited to the constraints of a limited financial budget, which promotes the understanding of the R.O.I. principle (Return on Investment), one which guides corporate investment in today’s world. as soon as they are old enough as soon as they are old enough.

Other Activity day highlights

Summer Camp Ropes & pole course
Summer Camp Skiing – on an indoor slope
Summer Camp Raft building
Summer Camp Bridge building
Summer Camp Team soccer
Summer Camp Problem solving Olympics
Summer Camp Paint Ball

LTC Director

David Allen is an entrepreneur, renowned leadership coach and inspirational, international motivational speaker. He runs his own innovative Leadership Camp in KwaZulu, South Africa and has directed the Village Camps Leadership Training programme in York (and Leysin in Switzerland) for many years. Thanks to his interactive approach, David captivates our young leadership campers, ensuring that every participant is actively involved in his presentations with the result that each retains what they learn during the 2-weeks.

On the international scene, David is an in-demand lecturer to corporate companies, schools and Universities and is also an expert, specialist security consultant to tactical police forces and detective units worldwide.

Recently, David has written a book,Leadership In The Trees, aiming to give students the tools to maximise their leadership potential and thus become better leaders in all aspects of their lives. For those interested, the book is available through Amazon.

International Guest Speakers

Undoubtedly, the quality of the international guest speakers specialising in leadership that are flown to the York Camp from all over the world continues to be a major factor in the success of the highly acclaimed LTC programme. Here are some of the speakers who have addressed LTC campers in recent summers, some of whom will be back for 2018:

Kerry Max Cook (USA)

Kerry is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary story. His presentation is riveting as he goes through his life explaining how someone else’s mistake and a travesty of justice cost him over 20 years of his life in prison for no reason. Kerry’s story is to be made into a film.

Alfred Eden (South Africa)

Alfred is from Estcourt, South Africa where he is director of Greystone Camp & Adventure Centre and co- director and founder of Challenge Tours which runs exceptional Leadership courses for school and corporate groups. He gives a fascinating presentation which our LTC groups find quite absorbing.

Claire Young

From ‘The Apprentice’ boardroom to award winning entrepreneur! Claire Young, 37, is the straight talking, no-nonsense business woman who is well known for reaching the final of series 4 of BBC1’s The Apprentice (2008) watched by over 11 million viewers. Lord Sugar dubbed her a 'Rottweiler' for her tenacious approach and mind-set of never giving up! Now a successful young businesswoman she hopes that her story will motivate others to realise that with hard work, drive and determination anything is possible.

David Hyner
David gives you the best bits from 20+ years of research interviews with top achievers, inspiring and motivating our LTC campers.

Accommodation, Excursions & Activities

The Village Camps site, Queen Ethelburga's College, provides an exceptional standard of state-of-the-art accommodation. The Camp has an impressive range of leisure and sports facilities all in the glorious 'parkland' setting of the green Yorkshire countryside. Highlights include a full day excursion to Manchester with time for shopping and planned leisure activities in the impressive Trafford Centre as well as a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York. Here there is time to visit the famous York Minster and other major points of interest. In the afternoons and evenings, campers at York enjoy an exciting range of activities. Highlights are the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.

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David Allen