The children we cater for rely on your help


You can help us help 450 children have a holiday they will never forget... at the St John Bosco Children's Camp. Every extra helper means we can look after more children.

If you have helped before, we look forward to welcoming you back! We hope this year's camp will be another excellent summer. For first time helpers, we look forward to meeting you. The camp is located near Colchester, Essex, and transport is provided from central London, Beckton and Harold Hill.

The St John Bosco camp is a week packed with activities. From the moment the children wake up, until they go to sleep, we hope that there is always something for them to do. This takes a lot of energy!

In addition to running the activities for the children, meals are prepared each day for everyone at camp - children and helpers - and so there are times in the kitchen, and times washing up. But the atmosphere is superb, everyone gets involved together, and new people are always paired up with experienced helpers.

We work with around 140 children each week: two weeks with boys aged 8-13, and a week with girls aged 9-13. For first time helpers, we encourage male helpers to apply for the boys' camp, and females for the girls' camp.

We create an environment where each child is respected and encouraged, so that they discover new talents in themselves. Just like the children, every helper is different. We all need patience and good humour, but everyone has gifts to bring - and the different children need helpers who are sporty, helpers who are gentle, helpers who are energetic, helpers who are good listeners, etc., etc. You can read more about the ethos of the camp in Camp history.

Whatever your character and strengths, the camp needs you!

How to apply

Helpers Checklist

Before applying, please make sure that:

  • If you are aged 18 or above,(All helpers aged 18+ will be expected to undergo a DBS check in accordance with our Safeguarding policy.) If you have a valid DBS issued via CSAS (Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service) already, you will need to enter the number and issue date on your application where indicated otherwise we will provide you with the necessary advice for obtaining one.
  • If you are a new helper, ensure that you have the names and addresses of two referees. They must not be related to you.
  • You can attend the essential pre-camp training. This is a requirement of ALL HELPERS.

Apply to help at Camp

Download Helper Application Form

If you would like to help at Bosco, please download, complete and return the booking form to the address indicated on it. FORMS MUST BE RETURNED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to help us with booking places for the children on Camp - we cannot book the children without confirmed helpers.

Please do not hesitate to email Andrew (Boys' camp), Holly (Girls' camp) or Fr Mark or Fr James (Chaplains) if you have any questions. Additional contact options are available on our Contacts page.

THANK YOU - SEE YOU AT CAMP!