Could Summer Fun With NCS Be Ideal For Your Teenager?

15 April 2018

Gee is coming to the age where I want to broaden her horizons socially and . With her love of the outdoors the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme could be just the experience she needs to build confidence and life skills to carry forward into her adult years.


NCS are a government backed programme established in 2011. Designed to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society it brings together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.

NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme takes place in school holidays and includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.


This year alone more than 100,000 young people will live together, develop skills together and build community projects but the main point for me is they will have fun whilst building their confidence, make new friends and learn life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom.

NCS lasts around 4 weeks in the summer but there are breaks in between which allows families to still enjoy the holiday period together. Costing just £50 this includes food, accommodation and all activities. Bursaries are also available.  Places can still be booked for this summer and you can sign up for more information on the NCS Website.


The grand finale is a celebration graduation which can give you access to potential volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships along with discounts for some amazing events.

You can also find more information on the NCS social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

This is a collaborative post.

21 comments:

  1. Kian did this a couple of years ago and LOVED it!! I think it really helped his university applications, having it on there too

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    1. It sounds amazing Kara, can't wait to see if Gee would like to go x

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  2. That looks like a brilliant opportunity for teens. I imagine you have to be quite an outgoing person to really enjoy it though.

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    1. Yes I should imagine you would Linda x

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  3. We were just talking to some other parents wondering what sort of activities to do with our kids once they reach teenage years and this seems like the perfect activity to do. On top of all that they also learn so many life skills.

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    1. Absolutely, such great skills to learn x

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  4. Wow! Looks like NCS is going to be as popular as ever this Summer!

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  5. I wish this was around when I was a teenager! I have no kids of my own but I'll be letting a few of my friends who do know about this!

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  6. I haven't heard of this before, what a fantastic idea. Kaz

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  7. This sounds really fantastic! I great way to encourage children to get out of their shells a bit too x

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  8. I am trying to encourage my own teen to sign up as it is such a great programme, great value too x

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  9. This is such a great scheme! Lewis would really enjoy it!

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  10. I love that the NCS programme is specifically catered to increasing a child's confidence and giving them that boost that they need!

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  11. Fantastic! The life skills and confidence teens can gain through NCS will be priceless as they move into adulthood.

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  12. I think this sounds like such a fun, educational and unique experience for young people. Great idea.

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  13. Personally I think this is a brilliant scheme. I wish it had been around for my eldest son as he had a really long gap between finishing his GCSEs and starting sixth form and something like this would have been perfect for him

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  14. This sounds like it could be such an amazing experience. I am gutted I am too old! :(

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  15. I wish this was around when I was younger, I think it would of really helped with my confidence! Fab experience for teens x

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  16. It's great that teenagers can get to do something like this, that will have such a positive effect on their lives.

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  17. I like the sound of this programme. It would be great for my niece and nephew.

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  18. That sounds amazing, I wish there had been something like that for me when I was a teenager x

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