Staffordshire County Council are looking for a group of young people aged 16-18 (at the time of going) to take part in our ‘Summer War Graves Camp’ in Cannock Chase from Sunday 30th July to Sunday 13th August 2023.

SCVYS is working in partnership with Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (German War Graves Commission) and Staffordshire County Council to deliver a summer camp for young people, where they will find out about each other’s cultures, learn about reconciliation and remembrance and take part in fun activities.

The project is open to all 16-18 year olds who either live, go to school or attend a youth organisation in Staffordshire.

The project is free and all accommodation, meals, and activities are included.

The programme consists of:

  • Working at the German Military Cemetery on Cannock Chase and learning about the history of the site and tidying the area around the graves.
  • Trips and visits to places of historical interest.
  • Leisure Activities; city visits, sports, team building games, canoeing, free time, and more.
  • Spending time with veterans from local branches of the Staffordshire Regiment Association and Royal British Legion.
  • Attending a remembrance ceremony at the cemetery alongside the Chairman of Staffordshire County Council and other dignitaries.
  • Planning and hosting a cultural event for friends of the project.

If you are a young person or know a young person who may be interested in taking part, click the link below for further information and the application form here 

Furthermore, you can get a better idea of the scheme by watching the Youtube video here.

Finally, if you have any questions, please contact Claire John 01785 240378 or email

Helen Barratt, Assistant Headteacher, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for any 16-18 years olds who are seeking to add to their CV, make friends broaden their skill-set, and expand their opportunities in the long summer holiday. We would recommend signing up as soon as you can as places will be limited.”