Hosting a Canal Camp Where do I begin?

Where do I begin?

1)     What job needs doing?

Start with a job that needs doing, and preferably a large one! A week of 8 hour days with 18 or more volunteers will achieve an incredible amount of work – compare that with usual progress on your canal and you may have the equivalent of a year of your normal monthly working parties or 3 months of regular weekend work. Remember that much less time will be spent on site preparation, setting up equipment, and other time-consuming activities, leaving more time for work.

2)      Think about the type of work WRG can carry out

A Canal Camp may be able to tackle projects which you feel unable to tackle through a lack of experience, confidence, or skills – for example, WRG has experience of installing piling, which your regular volunteers may lack.

3)     Think of smaller projects that can act as:

  • an overspill should the numbers attending be very large;
  • a wet weather alternative;
  • a change from an otherwise repetitive main task;
  • lighter work for the less physically fit.


4)    Documentation

If you request a Canal Camp, a written description of the work will be needed and, if your site is one with which we are unfamiliar, you will receive a visit from the WRG Sites Group, who will advise and guide you. Our camp leaders will also usually make a visit to the site closer to the time.

For more information on Canal Camps:
What do I need?
Canal Camp Accommodation

You can find all this and more  in our ‘So you want to host a canal camp’ document, which highlights what is involved in hosting a Canal Camp -Hosting a Canal Camp Document

Alternatively if you are interested in WRG supporting your Waterways Festival please read WRG at Small Festivals Document (Trailboat & Campaign Rallies).

Host a Canal Camp -WRG Working Holiday

Useful Information

Host a Canal Camp Document

Remember if you have any questions please contact Head Office.

WRG's Regional Groups

In addition to Canal Camps, we also have several regional groups who may be interested in holding weekend working parties to help your project.  Such requests can be submitted throughout the year, either direct to the groups concerned or via Head Office. Most of the regional groups plan their work schedule some way in advance, so it is best to ask early.