London Children’s Camp
The London Children’s Camp is a separate charity to Gresham’s but was founded by Old Greshamians in the 1930s and is now again under the control of Trustees strongly connected to Gresham’s.
The Charity used to run summer camps – first in Kent and latterly in Kessingland, Suffolk – for disadvantaged children. In the 1970s the link with Gresham’s declined and by the mid 1990s the Charity had become dormant and its site mothballed and slowly decaying.
A group of OGs, starting about 12 years ago, revived the Charity, spruced up the site and sold it very favourably and in recent years the Trustees of the Charity have been looking at options which allow the Charity to fulfil its primary function of providing outward bound holidays to the disadvantaged whilst also maintaining its secondary objects of ‘fostering links to Gresham’s School’.
At long last the new direction is taking shape in real terms. Very shortly the Charity will complete building in a part of the Gresham’s School Woods a fantastic outward bounds centre of lodge style sleeping and messing cabin, climbing tower, high ropes course, zip wire and obstacle course. This will be available to the School as an extra facility in term time as a quid pro quo for the School maintaining the facility and out of term time will be available for commercial rent part of the time and available to the Charity part of the time. The Charity, assisted by the School’s suitably qualified staff, will then be able to offer again holidays each year to the disadvantaged.