Junior Gathering

Key Info

  • Dates Saturday afternoon 20th August to Saturday morning 27th August 202
  • Online booking for Junior Gathering 2022
  • Additional event info pack 2022
  • Venue  Leighton Park School, Shinfield road, Reading, RG2 7ED
  • Costs    £380.00
  • Ages    11 to 14 years old (must be 11 by 1 September 2022 and under 15)
  • Theme  “Respecting all life, identities and opinions” (final wording TBC(!))
  • Number places Approx. 80
We look forward to seeing you!

About the event

Junior Gathering is a week long Quaker gathering for young people aged 11 to 14. It is an exciting and busy week packed with activities and a chance to meet new people and have fun. Junior Gathering is a chance for young people to make friends and be together in a Quaker environment.

Days begin with meeting for worship and end with an epilogue, in between they are filled with plenty of activity.

See also: First day at junior gathering
and an example timetable

There is a variety of fun, creative and active workshops, including music, art and craft and sports as well as swimming. There is also an afternoon out and a day trip; lively evening entertainments and discos.

We explore the theme with visiting speakers and through simulations, workshops and small group discussions. Everyone is part of a small supportive base group which meets each day to get to know each other, play games and talk about the theme (and many other things).

At the end of the week the young people at Junior Gathering draft an ‘epistle’. This is an informal report that aims to capture the spirit of the week and to describe what happened.

Other useful info

Information for parents

Junior Gathering (formerly Summer School) is a week-long event for young Quakers aged 11-14. Each year we have a theme for the week, which we explore with visiting speakers and through workshops drama, worship, films and games.

Two adult coordinators are responsible for the running of Junior Gathering. They are assisted by a team of adult volunteers.

In organising and running its events Friends Southern Summer Events (FSSE) follows guidelines from Britain Yearly Meeting concerning the safety and well-being of those taking part. All adult volunteers are required to have current, enhanced disclosures from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau). Read more about how we aim to keep young people safe. Our child protection policy can be downloaded from our “Policies” page.

To apply for place at Junior Gathering for your child please fill in and send an application form to us. Once we have received it we will contact you to confirm the place with further details on the next steps.

If you’re interested in getting involved with volunteering for FSSE please  Contact us

Bursary information

We know that many young people will require help if they are to be able to attend Senior Conference or Junior Gathering. Your local Quaker Meeting or Area Meeting may have funds available. We would be glad to offer further advice if required.

It is FSSE policy that no one should be prevented from attending for financial reasons, and we do have a small bursary fund. If you need any help even for a few pounds please contact us.

You can read previous epistles here.