International Camp

Bringing young people together from across Europe and the World.

The next International Camp date is coming soon!

What do you love about International Camp?

Some examples so far: The People, The Parties, Everything, The Village Life, The Different Languages...

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International Camp

Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8SX

+44 (0) 1206 383226

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What is Camp?

International Camp is 11 days of activities including archery, climbing, aerial runway and water sports; inter village sports including Frisbee, volleyball and swimming; entertainment including discos, village parties and Night Café; and day trips to London, Cambridge and local towns.

Who is it for?

International Camp is an opportunity for young people from 16 to 21 years of age from different nationalities to establish lifelong friendships.  An ever increasing number of nationalities represented include China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.


Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8SX

+44 (0) 1206 383226

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Aims and Objectives

Camp started in 1949 after the Second World War to bring young people together from different parts of Europe and beyond to re-establish positive relations.  While much has changed in that time, the camp still runs with the same aims: to share cultures, to break down barriers, to encourage intercultural relations, to encourage team work between different nationalities, to improve self-esteem and confidence in individuals...and to have FUN!!

The Campsite

International Camp has been running for over 60 years from Essex Outdoors Mersea on the coast of Essex.  Set in 62 acres of grassland, facilities include a brand new toilet and shower block with dedicated facilities for the disabled, a main hall, big screen cinema, dining rooms and laundry.

The centre has their own website at


We have a bunch of fun things to do at each year's International Camp. Our volunteers and staff carefully select events that will promote a rich and engaging experience. Contact us Now


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Sample Programme

Day 1
Arrivals throughout the day. 
Find out where you're staying and start making new friends.
Official welcome to International Camp in the evening
Day 2
Activities in your village to help get to know who's whoThe first of the inter village sports competitions - maybe frisbeeIt's a Knockout for everyone! Followed by a disco
Day 3
Depart Mersea for a day with your village out at a local town with maybe bowling or ice skatingEvening activity organised by the village leader
Day 4
A morning of activities including climbing, archery and aerial runwayThe inter village swimming gala in our heated poolAn opportunity to perform in the Open Mic Session.
Day 5
Day visit to Cambridge, meeting up with the other International Campers and returning to Mersea for dinner.  See the colleges or try your hand at punting.
Day 6
An opportunity to visit Colchester - our local town and the oldest recorded in BritainEvening activity organised by the village leader
Day 7
Try something new - maybe kayaking, flamenco dancing or maybe something arty.Another inter village sport competition - maybe volleyballOur annual Colour Party - come dressed in the appropriate colour.
Day 8
Nationality Day - Your chance to share the food, traditions and games of your home country with fellow campersNationality Concert
Day 9
Day visit to London - see the sights and get your souvenirs
Day 10
More activity sessions - maybe golf, health and beauty, high ropes or adventure courseWater Sports off the beach - a ride on our speedboat or inflatableVillage Games followed by a disco
Day 11
Departures in the morning.  Tears & Goodbyes!

This is an example of what we get up to and activities depend on availability. Points won on inter village competitions go towards the Mick Rider Trophy (see below)


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The Mick Rider Memorial Sheild

Mick Rider Memorial Sheild

The Mick Rider Memorial Shield

Mick Rider was a major part of the International Camp.  The Art Tent and camp itself will never be quite the same without his unique presence at camp.His support and hard work over the many years will never be forgotten by those who knew him and respected him and his wife Jill continues to support the camp each year.

Paul Button, former Village Leader and now Centre Manager, said "On a personal note he was a friend, mentor, pain in the neck and all-round great bloke who we miss dearly".

In memory of Mick, Paul introduced the Memorial Shield which is inscribed with the name of the overall winning village each year.

Mick Rider

Trophy Winners

2014 - Villains

2013 - Looney Tunes

2012 - Jungle Warriors

2011 - The Smarties

2010 - Christmas Cranberries

2009 - Outer Limits

2008 - Christmas Crackers & In the Navy

2007 - Flintstones

2006 - Camp Ward

2005 - Rocky Horrors

2004 - Halloweenies

2003 - Custard Tarts

Join us

Coming to International Camp is easy, first check the list:

  • Are you 16 to 21 years of age?
  • Do you enjoy activity holidays?
  • Do you want to meet new people and make friends?

Join in a Group

If you are a youth organisation working with young people aged 16 to 21 then International Camp is a great place for them to get to know new people from many different cultures, speaking many different languages.

We offer 2 free leader places for every group of up to 30 young people.  The price includes accommodation, food and all activities at the camp.  It does not include travel at the start and end of the camp, though we can help with transfer arrangements in this country. 

Normal price for campers as part of a group as £425

For further details, please contact us:

Join as an Individual

If you are from the UK, or have visited the camp before from abroad, there are a limited number of places for individuals aged from 16 to 21 years.  You will be involved fully in the camp but also help the Village Leader with some aspects of the programme.  Those applying may be required to attend an induction day prior to the camp.

Subsidised cost: £199 per person.  The price includes accommodation, food and all activities at the camp.  It does not include travel at the start and end of the camp, though we can help with transfer arrangements in this country.

Please contact us for an application form:

If you are not from the UK and have not been to the camp before then please check the list of organisations below or contact us for details of a group you might be able to join.

Support Team

We do not have a Support Team in the same way as before but the individuals will be covering some of the things they did, in return for the subsidised places we are offering.

Join with the Netherlands GroupNetherlands Group

Contact: Edda Mommaerts
External Website:

Join with the Italian GroupItalian Group

Associazione Sociale Joint
External Website:

Join with the Korean GroupKorean Group

International Workcamp Organization for Youth and Volunteer
Contact: Jinsu YOM
Phone: (+82) 02 568 5858
External Website:

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