Summer Camps Get Off To Flying Start

Beneficiary, Grants
11 August 2022

With the summer holidays in full swing, children from Naval families have once again been participating in Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) Activity Camps across Royal Navy establishments around the UK. 

Working in partnership with The Kings Active Foundation and the Royal Navy, the RNRMC are providing leading sports and activity camps to Naval families with children between 5 – 17 years old at a heavily subsidised cost at Royal Navy establishments around the UK. 

Around 100 children enjoyed the camps across two weeks of sporting activities at HMS Sultan, the home of Royal Naval Air and Marine engineering training. 

Amongst those in attendance at HMS Sultan, were the Executive Officer, Commander Paul Bastiaens’ two children Monty, 9, and Molly, 7. Paul said; 

“The opportunity provided by Kings Camp and supported by RNRMC is invaluable to Service Families and is also a great way for the kids to get active whilst learning together through a fun filled week of active games and sports.  My 3 children have been regular attendees and this year my two youngest have once again had a great week and have been picked up at the end of the day with many great stories of what they have done and the new friends they have made.  I am grateful to the Kings Camp staff and RNRMC for their continued work and support they provide to the Military Community.” 

HMS Sultan
Children enjoying camp at HMS Sultan

The Commanding Officer, HMS Sultan, Captain Jo Deakin OBE said: 

“We are thrilled to support our local Naval families and it is great that RNRMC is hosting a Kings Camp here at HMS Sultan. This initiative provides much needed support to our highly valued Service personnel and their wonderful families. 

The children I’ve met who are attending the camp have a real buzz and enthusiasm for the activities and it’s wonderful that we’re able to offer them an experience which is clearly enriching their holidays" 

Hilary Hesbrook, National Volunteering and Community Engagement Lead at the RNRMC said: 

“The RNRMC is very proud of the support provided through Activity Camps with Kings which are provided as part of our drive to strengthen Naval families. 

We wouldn’t be able to reach so many families without the help of establishments like HMS Sultan and we are very grateful for all of their support.” 

Camps have also been a success in Scotland once again, where some 100 children and young people passed through the camp at Lomand School in Helensburgh each week, enjoying a range of activities designed to promote an active, healthy lifestyle. 

Lomond School hosted this summer's camp in Helensburgh

Captain Gibbons said: “This is a fantastic initiative for Clyde community families, and as ever, I am extremely grateful to the RNRMC and Kings Camp volunteers who devote so much energy and enthusiasm into the project.” 

Debi McPhee, Kings Foundation camp supervisor, said: “The Kings Camp Programme in Helensburgh has offered children the opportunity to have fun, meet new friends, enjoy sport, and explore new activities. 

“The enthusiasm and energy from the children and their families has been incredible. 

“We’re looking forward to working with naval service families in Helensburgh for year to come. 

“A huge thank you to all who support the programme and of course to the phenomenal Kings Camp team who have made this camp the best one yet!”