Operation Camouflage takes place at Rock Barracks, Sutton Heath, near Woodbridge, the home of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment, this ground-breaking scheme is open to children, aged 8-16, from East Suffolk and those from military families based at Colchester, Wattisham and Woodbridge.
The aim of the programme, organised by East Suffolk Council and the Army Welfare Service (AWS) is to bring together young people from different backgrounds to challenge themselves and develop new skills.
In 2014, the scheme was shortlisted for the Youth Justice Award in the Children and Young People Now Awards. This category recognises the initiative that has made the biggest contribution to improving the life chances of young offenders, or those at risk of offending or reoffending.
In 2019, the scheme won the Suffolk Strengthen Your Community Award at the Suffolk High Sheriff’s Awards. This category recognises initiatives that contribute to improving your local community.
Activities in the four day programme may include rock climbing, obstacle course, bushcraft, laser tag, archery, tag rugby, plate painting, T-shirt designing, first aid skills and much much more.
Operation Camouflage hopes to be back in 2022.