Young Leaders

SurviveAlive youthworks aims to promote spiritual, physical and emotional well-being through its summer camps and events. As part of this, we help to develop team-work and leadership skills amongst our young people.

If you are aged 17 or over, you may want to come to the camp as a Young Leader. This role gives you the opportunity to take on more responsibility. You will be part of the team that runs the camp, whilst still remaining a camper. Young Leaders help out around the site and have additional roles and responsibilities within the areas of catering, Audio/Video operation, sport leadership, worship leading, camper encouragement and Small Group leadership.

No two Young Leaders are the same, each will bring a different set of skills and a fresh personality, and will work alongside the other leaders to make sure the camp runs smoothly.

For an outline of the Young Leader role, please see our Young Leader job description.

If you would like to be a Young Leader at the camp, please contact us or indicate this on your booking form.

You’ll also be asked to come along to a Young Leader training event in order to get to know the other leaders, and develop your leadership skills.

SurviveAlive can also be used for the residential section of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. For more information please contact us.



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About Us

SurviveAlive youthworks aims to promote spiritual, physical and emotional well-being through it’s summer camps and events. SurviveAlive has been operating Christian activity camps every year since 1997, which have been run by skilled people from a number of churches. SurviveAlive camps encourage the life, energy and values of the Christian faith.

We invite all young people aged 11 – 17 (school years 7 – 12) to come along to the camp. We support and encourage the young people who attend to develop their natural abilities and gifts in all areas, including leadership, catering, music, audio/video and sport.

If you are aged 17 or 18, please check out our Young Leaders page for more information about becoming a Young Leader. If you are aged 18 and over, we are always on the look out for new volunteer leaders. Please contact us for more information.

SurviveAlive risk assesses all activities, and works hard to ensure that campers stay safe at all times. At SurviveAlive we do all we can to ensure campers have a good time and our campers’ health and safety is always a priority. SurviveAlive ensures that campers are always supervised and cared for properly. All of the camp leaders are CRB/DBS checked and trained in safe-guarding, and some have additional training in first aid and food hygiene. All leaders, teachers and helpers have an active and personal relationship with God, accepting that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son, who died and rose again to set them free from sin.

Derek Thomas, the founder of SurviveAlive, oversees the summer camps alongside a core team of volunteers.


“For 20 years now I have led the SurviveAlive Outdoor Adventure Camp. This activity is for secondary school-aged youngsters and takes place on a purpose-built site near Helston during the summer holidays. Outdoor adventure is great for body, mind and spirit and, as you can see, we have a great time each year. What makes it special is that the team, from churches across West Cornwall, gives their time for free and works brilliantly together.”

Derek Thomas 2016

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