Why the programme exists

A recent report produced by the National Trust clearly demonstrates how spending quality time outdoors in natural environments has a beneficial impact on children in terms of meeting some of their key developmental needs.
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We now offer a three part overnight programme for pre-teens who already have a foundation in nature connection. We call this programme ESA Jr (Earth Steward Apprenticeship Junior). The Earth Steward Apprenticeship for teenagers runs concurrently to this shorter programme and at times we integrate the groups for games and challenges. ESA Jr provides a stepping stone experience toward the full Earth Steward Apprenticeship.

ESA Jr offers the opportunity to come for overnights and sink deeper into the rhythms of nature with evening activities and even more time for developing their skills and crafts.

Practical info

Interested in taking part?

If you’re interested in taking part in future ESA Jr courses please contact us and we can send you application forms or answer any questions.
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  • Age: 10-13 yr olds
  • Cost: £340 for all 7 days including wholesome food
  • Programme Structure: Each year the dates vary a little but here are the 2017 dates and future years will be similar (a weekend in April, 3 days in the May half term and a weekend in July).

2017 dates

  • Weekend: April 22-23 (Sat 9.15 drop off, pick up Sunday 3pm)
  • Weds 31 May – Fri 2 Jun (Weds 9.15 drop off, pick up Friday 3pm)
  • Weekend: July 8-9 (Sat 9.15 drop off, pick up Sunday 3pm)

Although it is not desirable we may be able to make exceptions for youth to do either the two weekends or the May half term if you are not available for all three.