• What is NCS?
  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Hubsites
  • Pick Up & Drop Off
  • Emergency Details
  • Packing List
  • FAQs

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all 15–17 year olds* that builds skills and confidence whilst helping them get ahead in work and life.

The NCS programme also helps teenagers connect to their local community through social action projects designed and delivered by the young people themselves.

83% of participants felt capable of more than they had realised.

We are committed to making NCS a worthwhile experience for young people and to you as parents.

✓ NCS helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

✓ It’s a fun, productive and inexpensive way to spend part of their summer holiday or half-term

✓ Young people receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister

✓ NCS is recognised by UCAS and the experience is great to demonstrate skills to employers

 Adventure: In their first phase of NCS, your son or daughter will experience the freedom of living away from home at a residential location, getting to know other participants. They will take part in a range of adrenaline-fuelled activities, build confidence and develop skills such as teamworking, decision making and leadership.

There are a number of different locations for Phase 1:

Bideford (North Devon) – bunk houses
Croyde (North Devon) – tents
Newquay (Cornwall) – bunk houses

  • Bideford (Ultimate Adventure Centre)

    The Venue
    Sleeping in bunkhouses 3 of the 4 nights.  The other night is a wilderness experience stay in either structures the young people have built or tents provided.

    Food
    Breakfast will be a choice of a cooked breakfast, cereal and fruit.
    A packed lunch including a sandwich, pasty or sausage Roll, crisps, chocolate bar and fruit. Evening meal options include BBQ, lasagne, shepherd’s pie (with vegetables) vegetarian alternatives and dessert

    Travel
    Young people stop at services on the journey to and from Devon.

    Activities
    Activities are all half day sessions. They will include surfing, coasteering, total wipeout course, high ropes, wilderness experience which includes a bike ride on the Tarka trail and making their shelter for the evening.

    Evening Activities
    Young people will enjoy quiz/film nights as well as a fire pit with marshmallow toasting.

  • Croyde (Ruda)

    The Venue
    Ruda Holiday Park, which overlooks Croyde Bay, young people stay in 5/6 man tents

    Food
    Breakfast will be a choice of a cooked breakfast, cereal and fruit.
    A packed lunch including a sandwich, pasty or sausage Roll, crisps, chocolate bar and fruit. Typical evening meal options include lasagne, fish & chips (with vegetables), vegetarian alternatives and dessert

    Travel
    Young People stop at services on the journey to and from Devon.

    Activities
    Activities are all half day sessions. They will include a full day of coasteering, surfing, total wipeout course, mountain boarding and high ropes.

    Evening Activities
    Young people will enjoy evening activities on the beach and a talent show.

  • Newquay

    The venue
    Young people will be sleeping in bunk houses.

    Food
    Breakfast will be a choice of a cooked breakfast, cereal and fruit.
    A packed lunch including a sandwich, pasty or sausage Roll, crisps, chocolate bar and fruit. For Wednesday lunch, young people will be able to choose between margarita or pepperoni pizza. Typical evening meal options include a BBQ, Chicken (with vegetables), lasagne, jacket potato, salads, chilli, vegetarian alternatives and dessert.

    Travel
    Young people stop at services on the journey to and from Cornwall.

    Activities
    Activities are all half day sessions. They will include a half-day of coasteering, surfing, climbing and abseiling. Young people will also be able to take part in a combination of 1 day activities which will include kayaking, power boating and stand-up paddle boarding.

    Evening Activities
    Young people will enjoy evening activities on the beach and a talent show.

Skills: In the second phase of the programme your son or daughter will be on residential but closer to home. During this time they will develop important life skills and start to find their independence through learning to budget and looking after each other. They will also work together with organisations and businesses to find out about local issues and get involved with something they are really passionate about.

LOCATION

In Phase 2, young people will stay at one of two residential locations. This will vary depending on the location you attend in Phase 1.

Marwell Activity Centre (tents or safari style tents)
Tile Barn (bell tents)

 

Social Action: In Phase 3, your son or daughter will no longer be on residential but will continue to work with their teams to deliver a community project, enabling them to make their mark on their local area.

LOCATION: Regional hubsite

In Phase 3 young people can select their preference of hubsite. They may want to be close to home or travel somewhere new. But, remember wherever they go, they will be responsible for their own travel. 

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Basingstoke
Brockenhurst
Winchester
Alton
Eastleigh
Fareham
Havant
Ringwood
Totton
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NCS sign in.
Phase 2 drop off
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Staff Parking
Phase 1 drop off: Croyde, Bideford and Newquay.
Entrance

Location

Phase

 Location

Monday
Drop off

Friday Collection
(traffic dependent)

Croyde

1

Wide Lane Sports Ground –  Wide Lane,
Eastleigh SO50 5PE.

8.00am

4.00pm

Bideford

1

Wide Lane Sports Ground –  Wide Lane,
Eastleigh SO50 5PE.

8.00am

4.00pm

Newquay

1

Wide Lane Sports Ground –  Wide Lane,
Eastleigh SO50 5PE.

7.30am

4.00pm

Marwell

2

 TBC

TBC

TBC

Tile Barn

2

TBC

TBC

TBC

Office Contact Details

Office number
01794 510225

Emergency Contact Details

Emergency Contact Number
01794 330410

Packing_List

Sleeping bag (phase 1 & 2)
Socks (Thin & Thick)

Trainers (+one wet pair)
Socks thin & thick
Trainers =1 wet pair
Sleeping bag
Flip flops
Trousers & shorts (Try to avoid denim)
Underwear
Swimwear
Nightwear
Extra t-shirts (We’ll provide you with 2)
Jumpers & hoodies
Waterproof coat
1 Large bag (Suitcase)
1 Small bag (Rucksack)
Suncream
Aftersun
Your NCS Water bottle
Towel x 2
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shampoo
Shower gel
Deodorant
Torch
Pillow
Sunglasses
Magazines
Notepad & pen
Insect repellent
Prescribed medication
Packed lunch for: Monday in phase 1&2, Monday – Friday phase 3.

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