Backpackers site

Backpackers is organised by a team of helpers from churches in and around Chesham as part of a Chesham Ecumenical Association. Registered Charity No. 1013519




  Helping at Backpackers  






Every supporting church has a Backpackers Rep. Do speak to them if you would like to help. They can give you more information about the different roles. If you cannot contact your church rep for any reason, please see the Contact Us page for details of how to e-mail the organisers.

Backpackers runs Tuesday to Friday between 9.00 and 4.30 for helpers.

“If I’d known in advance what the format was and how much fun and support there is – I’d have volunteered for Backpackers years ago!!” Tim Shackleton, August 2007

During Backpackers Week the following are needed:


Overall age group Leaders

To lead and co-ordinate a short up-front teaching time for all groups in the same age group (colour) before the group leaders lead the activities for the children in their group.

Group Leaders (18+) & Assistant Group Leaders (16+) & Group Helpers (13+)

Working in a small team looking after about 10 children. This is THE critical role at Backpackers. The number of children that are able to attend depends on the number of group personnel available.

Activity Leaders & Helpers

These are part of teams that run activities for several groups of children at a time. For Backpackers 2018 the planned activities are:

  • Craft;
  • Games;
  • Performing (dance, drama, music etc.); and
  • Thinking (reasoning, logic, puzzles etc.)

    Minipackers Helpers

    Minipackers is a creche for the younger children of helpers who are on site.


    Cafe Team

    Providing refreshments for the children and helpers at Backpackers


    First Aid Team

    Requires a First Aid certificate


    Welcome Team

    Welcoming visitors and providing information for parents and helpers


    Site maintenance & Facilities

    Keeping the site clean and safe throughout the week


    Security Guards

    Making sure all the equipment is safe when Backpackers is not running


    Roles off-site - can't be there during the week?

    There's still many ways you can help. Perhaps preparing the materials the children will use or h elping to set up and dismantle the site... and more - please ask!Also we can all pray! Please do pray for everyone and everything about Backpackers.




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