Youth Inclusion

Skern Lodge has an excellent reputation as a well-established provider of fun, personal and team development programmes for young people.

We work with group leaders to prepare and deliver programmes specifically designed to meet the overall aims and objectives of each group.

Our team of experienced youth tutors at Skern Lodge communicate well with young people, guiding and influencing participants to increase their self-awareness, developing their problem solving skills, along with their personal and interpersonal skills.

The programmes at Skern increase participants' confidence and self-esteem, as well as their teamwork and leadership skills.

Activities provide challenge and inspiration and are run in a supported and non-pressured environment, where personal choice is encouraged and welcome.  Young people are guided through their decision process and helped to achieve goals beyond their original objectives.

Course length can vary depending on time and budgets from attending for the day to staying for the week.

Your Course

The length of your course is flexible to meet your differing requirements, we offer week long courses and weekends; however at quieter times of the year we can sometimes offer a part week to suit your needs.

At Skern Lodge we can accommodate approximately 200 people residentially plus a number of day visitors, subject to availability.  The ratio of our tutors to participants is 1:8 for most activities, for other parts of the personal development programme the group size can vary, with no more that 14 young people working together with one of our tutors.  


Activities for Youth development programmes

Activities are suitable for beginners.  Your programme can allow for all different fitness levels, ages and abilities.  There will be clear explanations and encouragement to do the activities, but each participant makes the final decision on how much they do.  The aims of the programme are more important than the activities.

Water based activities

  • Surfing
  • Body boarding
  • Surf kayaking
  • River kayaking
  • Pool kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Raft building
  • powerboating
  • Swimming pool

Land based activities

  • Archery
  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • High ropes
  • Tunnels
  • Zip line
  • Assault course
  • Orienteering
  • Hartland day
  • Team challenge

Evening sessions are designed around your needs and can include both indoor outdoor activities that focus upon various elements of team and interpersonal skills.  These can include overnight expeditions, camp craft or search and rescue exercises.

The creative way these projects are designed provides many learning opportunities.  Real issues arise and constraints are felt.  Decisions are made and the consequences clear to see.

High quality, modern equipment is provided - you only need to bring personal clothing, we'll take care of the rest.
We welcome learning about your organisation and enjoy working with young people looking for new horizons.  We look forward to working with you to achieve your aims.  If you would like to discuss what we could do for you, please email or call to discuss your requirements.

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