Arctic adventure for Uckfield youngsters

Uckfield Twinning Association has arranged a unique opportunity for a group of Uckfield youngsters to spend a week this summer at a youth camp in Lapland, 220km inside the Arctic Circle.

Uckfield has been taking part in international youth camps for over 20 years, and has hosted them three times - the last occasion being in 2010.

Over the years youngsters have had the opportunity to make friends from France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Italy and Sweden. The Twinning Association has introduced Uckfield’s new French twin town of Arques-la-Bataille to the group where enthusiastic participants hosted the 2012 camp.

The camp is open to all teenagers from Uckfield within the 13-16 group and applications are invited. It will take place from July 26 to August 2.

The cost for the week is only 100 euros per person plus a contribution to travel costs. Funding for the camp is supported by the EU Youth in Action programme.

Anyone interested in being considered should contact Uckfield youth camp co-ordinator Martyn Stenning at:

The municipality of Sodankyla has a population of 8,900. There are two official languages - Finnish and Northern Sami. The camp is located in Tankavaara, about 220km north of the Arctic Circle.

Campers range in age from 13 to 16 - four girls, four boys and two leaders from each country: Britain, France, Sweden, Germany, Hungary and Romania.

The theme of this year’s camp is Northern Lapland’s natural environment and its minerals. It is in the centre of a beautiful landscape and near a village where gold is mined and also exhibited in a museum.

People from the community emphasise that mining has great significance to the municipality with two new mines; one open and one due to open. The question is raised: what implications does this have for the environment?