You can complete your DofE Gold Residential with Pathfinders Camp and at the same time gain life skills, enhance your CV and do something awesome that really makes a difference.

Pathfinders Camp brings together people with and without disabilities to enjoy camping holidays and caters mainly for women aged 18 and over. If you could help a disabled woman to have the time of her life on a well-equipped campsite based in Farnham in Surrey, we’d love to hear from you!

Working as a member of a small team you will provide personal assistance and the encouragement that enables a disabled camper to play a full part in a range of activities, which will include cooking over open fires, music making, swimming in the outdoor heated pool, aerial runway, arts and crafts, disco, treasure hunts and campfires.

This opportunity is ideal for someone aiming to enter nursing, caring, medical, or teaching professions amongst others. You will learn that ability is far more important than disability – and that we all have abilities.

Where: Farnham, Surrey

When: Sunday 13th – Friday 18th August 2023

Cost: £160 (bursaries available)

Pathfinders Camp is a registered charity and an Approved Activity Provider for the DofE, welcoming participants who are completing the residential placement of their Gold DofE Award.

Over 100 DofE participants have volunteered with us over the years. A good proportion of these volunteers have returned to Pathfinders Camp in subsequent years, becoming team leaders and crew members over time.

What previous DofE participants have said:

  • “The camp has such a lovely ‘can do’ society where disability does not have to equal dependency.”
  • “It’s great to see that everyone can have fun and that everyone can join in if we pay attention to ‘finding another way’.”
  • “I was surprised just how much of an emotional experience camp is. I have made life-long friends in just one week.”
  • “I had an awesome time as a helper at Pathfinders doing my DofE residential! We did so many different activities, circus skills, craft, nature walks, swimming, sleeping under the stars and cooking on open fires, it was an amazing week! Thank you to everyone who made it so incredible, especially orange patrol! I will definitely be coming back next year!”
  • “At first, I found the whole experience challenging but my confidence grew steadily throughout the week. By the end of camp, I had learned a lot about the value of seeing what needs doing and just getting on with it rather than waiting to be asked.”
  • “I have learned a lot about how long it can take for a disabled person to manage the ordinary activities of daily living and how much help might be required. I shan’t be taking my own good health and strength for granted from now on.”

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  1. Hi,
    I am very interested in applying to help for my gold DofE residential and to make a difference to someone’s life even if it’s just for a week.
    How would I go about applying?
    Kind regards,
    Izzy Mason.


  2. Hello Izzy, There is now a ‘Find Out More’ button on this page that allows you to contact the Camp Leader directly…. Cheers, Jane


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