Helping us keep camp costs down

The Oakes is committed to clearly explaining Christianity with children and young people in a way that they will find relevant and interesting.

We aim to keep camp fees as low as we can to enable as many young people as possible to join us on a camp. All of our staff are volunteers, and approximately half of our income is from regular and one-off donations.

Give an “Acorn”

An “acorn” is a regular gift of £10 per month committed by an individual, group or church to The Oakes. A donor may give multiple acorns or just part of an acorn.

When we opened in 2000, we set a goal to raise 1000 acorns. As the years have passed we have steadily progressed towards our goal. Currently, around 900 acorns are given each month.

One-off gifts are always a real encouragement! Acorns, however, ensure a consistent monthly income allowing us to budget sensibly. Every single acorn makes a difference – will you help us reach our goal?

Give Online

Donate securely at Regular or one-off gifts. Gift aid, too.

Alternatively, you can download and print our postal donation form.

What are acorns spent on?

Holiday Fund

Each year we offer subsidized camp places for those who are unable to pay the full cost of a camp. This accounts for around 10% of all our camp bookings.


We hope you agree that our estate is beautiful and our facilities are fantastic. However, there is a huge amount of potential still left to be unlocked.

We are constantly trying to improve the activities we have on offer. For example, the creation of our “Mudder” assault course and the purchase of zorbs in 2014 have been a real hit.

We are also continually seeking ways to improve the experience for our guests. A notable example of this was the addition of our 2010 extension providing desperately needed en-suite accommodation for visiting leaders and school teachers.

Supporting Team Members

All our team members work as volunteers. Those who come to serve for a year (or part of a year) are asked to raise £2,500 to cover their food, accommodation and training. Sometimes team members are unable to raise the full amount themselves and so acorns are used to supplement this shortcoming.

Other ways to give

There are a few other ways that you can support the work of The Oakes financially, some without any additional cost to yourself … take a look at some of the different ways below.