Holidays for 16/17 year olds - you pay a maximum of £50 - NCS
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Holidays for 16/17 year olds - you pay a maximum of £50 - NCS

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Found 25th Oct
Ncs run holidays for 16/17 year olds.
They/you pay a maximum of £50.
In summer they go away for 2 Monday -Fridays. Doing outdoor activities- food accommodation transport etc is covered. They then come back to their home town and do some life skills lessons for a week snd finally some volunteering. The government pays the majority of the cost. It is a great way for teenagers to make friends, looks great on CVs and gives parents a break.

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Hi all,

I was an NCS Team Leader this year for NCS (West), so if anybody has any questions relating to NCS feel free to ask! (note: I'm not commenting to promote NCS, just describe my experience as a member of staff)

I wouldn't call it a "holiday" as such, more like a residential. The first week is made up of fun activities; we were camping on Exmoor from Monday-Friday and had challenges, a bogstacle course, archery and tree climbing among other activities. The catering was fantastic as well - all homemade food on site by a local catering company.

The second week was also residential, but more academic. Young people learned a variety of life skills while staying in a "halls of residence" based location. This was also very good fun - we had to cater for ourselves as small teams which was challenging but they all learned a lot from it! During this phase, there was a representative from a "well-known international energy company" who have agreed that any applicant who lists NCS on their CV will automatically get an interview, so definitely worth participating!

Weeks 3 and 4 are not residential based, so you will need to take your young person to an agreed location each day. This is called the "Social Action Phase," where teams come up with an idea to have a positive impact in the local area. My team all loved music, and decided to organise and put on a charity concert in the town centre on a Saturday evening (with only 7 days to organise it, it was a challenge but we raised over £1000 for three local charities!).

I do highly recommend NCS to young people because my entire team are now close friends, and had an amazing time that I know they won't forget.
Edited by: "Eden0032" 25th Oct
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Good find sounds like a great idea, shame we've already booked to go away as this would have been ideal for our eldest - Hot from me

My daughter did this earlier this year. Fantastic opportunity and made new friends and like you say, only £50. Spoke to the organisers and it’s over £1000 spent on each child (accommodation, food, activities etc)

My daughter did this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it had a fantastic time.

greavsy6911 m ago

My daughter did this earlier this year. Fantastic opportunity and made new …My daughter did this earlier this year. Fantastic opportunity and made new friends and like you say, only £50. Spoke to the organisers and it’s over £1000 spent on each child (accommodation, food, activities etc)



Wow, how often are these run throughout the year? Every school holiday?

My daughter did this earlier this year and said it was fantastic ( Best £50 we've ever spent) She says you are only allowed to do it once otherwise she'd be going again next year
Edited by: "fdonovan" 25th Oct

My son was going to do this last summer but pulled out at the last moment because he started a new summer job and thought money was more important then adventure. Our cost was £35 but when we went to his college enrollment night this had dropped to £20. These prices were through Portsmouth in the community. They said the NCS is a great thing to have on your CV as mentioned in the post and even count towards points to a university course and can be used a reference for a job aplication for a young person.

It is not all great. On the one I did half the people smoked cannabis on a daily basis.... 3 people got kicked out too for various other reasons.

Saying that, there were good people too

I have heard very positive feedback on these programmes. Worth noting availability is England and NI from memory

steevieboy4u1 h, 8 m ago

Wow, how often are these run throughout the year? Every school holiday?



I think they were done twice during the school summer holidays, it depends on the numbers. My daughter's was affiliated to Burnley FC, and it was worth every penny.
At the end of the day, it's a bit of a lottery who you go with but same could be said when you go on any holiday.

greavsy694 m ago

I think they were done twice during the school summer holidays, it depends …I think they were done twice during the school summer holidays, it depends on the numbers. My daughter's was affiliated to Burnley FC, and it was worth every penny. At the end of the day, it's a bit of a lottery who you go with but same could be said when you go on any holiday.


Thanks for the info. Just wish I'd known about these earlier this year as my eldest son would have loved this and would have been a great life experience for him.

Personally did this 5 years ago when this scheme was in its infancy. It's really awesome and teaches you a lot of life skills. Thoroughly recommend.

greavsy695 h, 5 m ago

My daughter did this earlier this year. Fantastic opportunity and made new …My daughter did this earlier this year. Fantastic opportunity and made new friends and like you say, only £50. Spoke to the organisers and it’s over £1000 spent on each child (accommodation, food, activities etc)


My daughter did this as well and had a fantastic time - well worth the £50.

reindeer3335 h, 27 m ago

It is not all great. On the one I did half the people smoked cannabis on a …It is not all great. On the one I did half the people smoked cannabis on a daily basis.... 3 people got kicked out too for various other reasons.Saying that, there were good people too



You can find undesirable behaviour from at least someone on pretty much any holiday. Except with this, the wrong 'uns stand a chance of getting kicked out!

Either way, travel is one of the best things that any young person can do - fantastic deal and heat added. Nice one OP.

reindeer3335 h, 29 m ago

It is not all great. On the one I did half the people smoked cannabis on a …It is not all great. On the one I did half the people smoked cannabis on a daily basis.... 3 people got kicked out too for various other reasons.Saying that, there were good people too

Where was this?


Asking for a friend.

Hi all,

I was an NCS Team Leader this year for NCS (West), so if anybody has any questions relating to NCS feel free to ask! (note: I'm not commenting to promote NCS, just describe my experience as a member of staff)

I wouldn't call it a "holiday" as such, more like a residential. The first week is made up of fun activities; we were camping on Exmoor from Monday-Friday and had challenges, a bogstacle course, archery and tree climbing among other activities. The catering was fantastic as well - all homemade food on site by a local catering company.

The second week was also residential, but more academic. Young people learned a variety of life skills while staying in a "halls of residence" based location. This was also very good fun - we had to cater for ourselves as small teams which was challenging but they all learned a lot from it! During this phase, there was a representative from a "well-known international energy company" who have agreed that any applicant who lists NCS on their CV will automatically get an interview, so definitely worth participating!

Weeks 3 and 4 are not residential based, so you will need to take your young person to an agreed location each day. This is called the "Social Action Phase," where teams come up with an idea to have a positive impact in the local area. My team all loved music, and decided to organise and put on a charity concert in the town centre on a Saturday evening (with only 7 days to organise it, it was a challenge but we raised over £1000 for three local charities!).

I do highly recommend NCS to young people because my entire team are now close friends, and had an amazing time that I know they won't forget.
Edited by: "Eden0032" 25th Oct

Editor

This sounds really good, will be passing it on to my teens, thanks @nirvanerd

I was a team leader for a few years and agree with everything @Eden0032 has said.

In my time, I had to send some youths home for trying to smuggle alcohol, trying to get served at a bar and for having shisha pipes in their rooms. So rest assured, it is taken very seriously.

It will equip your children with so many skills, especially social, so is definitely worth the money!

I wouldn't say it was a holiday, but My Son just came back from it this Summer, he spent a week on a residential, doing various activities such as archery, canoeing & Raft building etc, then the second week was at Nottingham University staying in the dorms, Third week was volunteering at a local care home fixing fences, building greenhouses etc, which was what they had to arrange during week 2.
We signed up for this during a College open day and only payed £20 for the whole thing including all accommodation & Food.
Finally he had a graduation evening, where he was awarded a certificate and a free T-shirt.

Whilst this might not suite everyone, it had Kids from all walks of life. They met a lot of new friends, built on confidence and skills, and will be a great thing to add to his CV.

Great experience for my daughter it changed her life, she was a sixyeen year old, no idea what to do for the future in a inner city, she now teaches other children to rock climb, kayak, map read and other outdoor skills in scotland.
Wont be everyone's cup of tea but could give your child a time they never forget.

I did this in 2015 and it was probably the most fun I’ve had as a teenager. One thing I must rule out is that although I met new people and got to find out more about people from different backgrounds, a year later barely anyone kept in touch. This programme provides a great memory that you will hold onto for a long time but the friends you make there are temporary. I still give it a 9/10 as it was definitely value for money.

ageism

National Service sure has changed from the "good old days"!

Just clicked on the link and its now £35 if you use the promo code ONLINE SIGNUP

I think it used to be called National Citizenship Service

got one of these, may the first version from amazon a year ago...amazon warehouse...never installed it as its HUGE!

One of my sons did this during the summer holidays this year. He HATED us for signing him up for it and taking him away from his computer. He hated us for weeks and weeks - until he started it. After his first week, he came home with a huge grin. He'd been rock climbing, jumping off rock ledges into the sea, kayaking, Camping, archery etc. etc. etc.
The second week was residential at Bournemouth University - LOVED that too.
The next two weeks were doing charitable work - making a garden for the disabled I think.

We will be sending our other kids on this too. Also, you get rid of a kid for 4 weeks WIN WIN.

This looks great. Hopefully still running in a few years when my daughter hits 16.

Would be helpful I feel, if admin / OP could edit to state this is just for Northern Ireland and England.

Personally I'd have thought if something says its national, it would have at least have options in each UK country...

Anyone know iofScottish equivalent?
Edited by: "Hayley1002" 7th Nov
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