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What is Unite?

Unite is a camp with a difference providing a unique opportunity for young people and leaders across England & Wales to meet, explore their faith and enjoy a range of activities together.

Unite has a semi-structured programme of camp style activities and faith development/worship available for two main age groups (11 to 14 and 15 to 18) over the duration of the event.

There are competitions and games as well as activities such as inflatables and various workshops on site, and entertainment in the evenings. Venues include a youth club type room for each age group with games consoles, pool table, table tennis, karaoke, music area, films etc. There is a café on site for young people and leaders.

The event also includes worship sessions during the weekend, an on site pastoral team and a venue specifically for faith development/reflection.

When and where is it?

Unite will take place from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May 2018 (with an option to arrive on the evening of Friday 25th May) at BBUK Headquarters, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3 0BL.

Who is it for?

The event is for those aged 11 years old and over (Company Section/Senior age) and leaders. The event is specifically being pitched at BB members in England & Wales, however young people/leaders from outside of England & Wales, or Girls’ Brigade/church youth groups are very welcome. The event is on a first come first served basis.

Why should I/my Company/group attend?

  • Unite is an opportunity for young people and leaders across England & Wales to Unite with God, Unite with other young people and Unite with members from around England & Wales.
  • There will be minimal work for leaders.
  • It offers a residential activity to individuals, small Companies/groups or those Companies/groups that would never normally go on residentials.
  • Unite is very cost effective.
  • It is a good opportunity for a Company/group where no leaders have camp craft or holiday leadership qualifications.
  • It is a chance to be a part of something unique.
  • There is a varied and targeted programme for all age groups (i.e. 11 to 14, 15 to 18 and adults).
  • There is a programme full of activities that are not routinely done on Company/group meeting nights.
  • Unite provides an opportunity for Companies/groups to see different types of camp related activities.
  • It is an opportunity to meet new friends from around the region, as well as to network and share ideas.
  • You can worship God and learn about faith together, with pastoral support available.

How do I book?

The booking deadline for Unite 2018 has passed and the event is now fully booked! Check back later in the year for details of future events.

Can I volunteer at Unite?

Please email unite@boys-brigade.org.uk if you have any questions about volunteering at Unite.

How do the camping villages work?

The event has three camping villages identified by colours and assisted by two village leaders. For more information about how the villages work, please visit our villages page.

Does the programme cater for leaders?

Although the programme is mainly focused on 11 to 18 year olds we do have specific sessions for leaders. These range from sessions to help with your work in your Company/group to a networking afternoon tea!

Is the programme sporty or a mix of activities?

The programme offers a wide range of activities. There are a number of sport-related sessions, the Cornerstone (which is open alongside the programme and offers art and craft activities) and non-sporting activities such as a quiz, bingo, camp fire and not forgetting the village decorating competition!

To give you an idea of what to expect, check out the planner from Unite 2017 (in PDF format).

Will my young people enjoy the activities?

We try to make the programme as varied as possible to ensure we cater for everyone. We often run more than one session at the same time so if your young people don’t want to participate in one activity there will often be something else they can do instead. We also have the Base which can be used as a ‘chill out’ area with various games consoles, a pool table and table tennis.

Do my young people need to be Christians or religious to enjoy Unite?

The focus of Unite is to be a camp with a difference. We would like to give children and young people the opportunity to do activities they might not otherwise be able to do and for them to meet people from around England & Wales. This is very much the focus of the weekend. Most camps have a service or devotions and we do the same. Our aim is to sow seeds over the weekend and provide the children and young people with a fun and varied experience. We hope that your young people can join in with the activities and if they want to explore their faith then we have the resources and people here to help them do so.

My young people find church boring, what will worship be like?

Young people do not have to attended worship but we do encourage it. This is where they meet their Village Leaders, find out what is happening during the day and find out about points and get the chance to win more for their team. We hope that you can encourage your young people to attend as this is the only time everyone is likely to be all together at one time. We’ll have a young band who do a good mix of new lively songs and well known classics so it gives everyone an opportunity to join in. People can feel free to stand, sit or dance as worship is being played but it is entirely up to you.

Is there a worship theme?

The worship theme for Unite 2018 is “Faith, Hope and Love”, based on 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Our speaker in the main worship sessions is Jim Sutton, who is one of the pastors of Balham Baptist Church in south west London. Jim tells us: “I love all sorts of music, although my playing’s more about enthusiasm than talent! You can also find me either pounding the local streets in my trainers, or splashing away in the swimming pool. I’m married to Sarah who’s absolutely fantastic, and I’ve even nearly forgiven her for being Australian. I’m looking forward to hanging out with you guys, and praying the weekend will bring good news and new friendships to us all!”

The worship band will be led by Andrew Low, who tells us: “I’ve been in the BB since age 5 and it has been key in shaping my faith and who I am. At Unite I’m really excited to see young people come together and be passionate about changing the world around them.”

Where can I find out more about the site?

Check out the site info page for more information including arrival and departure times, parking, facilities and lots more.

What is the food like?

You can see the menu for Unite 2018 here (in PDF format).

Can I make a donation to Unite?

Unite is not-for-profit, so all money is used solely to run the event and donations are greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to Unite, please contact Natalie Whipday, Director for England & Wales, on natalie.whipday@boys-brigade.org.uk.

I have a question which hasn’t been answered here. Who can I contact?

No problem! Just email us at unite@boys-brigade.org.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Village Pastoral Leaders

21st May 2018

At Unite this year each village will have two members of the Pastoral Team who will act as Village Pastoral Leaders. They will be available throughout the weekend if you need someone to chat to or have any faith-related questions. They are as follows: Blue village: Emma Legg and Gareth Hillier Red village: Scott Moles […]

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