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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 25th to Monday 27th May 2019 (with an option to arrive on the evening of Friday 24th 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 and Senior age) and leaders. The event is pitched at BB members in England & Wales, however young people and leaders from outside of England & Wales and Girls’ Brigade 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 much does it cost and how do I book?

The booking deadline for Unite 2019 has now passed. 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 are interested in volunteering at Unite, or have any questions.

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. In the past these have ranged 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, campfire and not forgetting the village decorating competition!

To give you an idea of what to expect, check out the planner from Unite 2018 (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 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.

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?

To give you an idea, 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.

Countdown to Unite:

Latest News:

Worship playlist

16th May 2019

You can now get up to speed with some of the worship songs that Andrew and the band will be bringing to our times together in the Marquee! Check out our Spotify playlist:

Avengers: Some Assembly Required

25th April 2019

Our theme at Unite this year will be Avengers: Some Assembly Required. Dez Johnston (Director of Alpha Scotland) is our speaker this year and will be helping us to explore our theme as we look at these topics during our time together: What are your super powers? Looking to explore who we are and why […]

Single-use plastics at Unite

26th March 2019

After a considerable amount of guest and volunteer feedback regarding single-use plastics and recycling at Unite, the Planning Team has been very conscious in its planning to reduce plastic use across the event. There are a number of issues outside of our control but something we can do is to remove the disposable plastic bottles […]