Association Le Pas Opton

Since 2022 your holiday at LPO has been delivered by our French non-profit organisation called Association Le Pas Opton, working alongside the existing company that has operated the park since 2003. This fresh start heralded a different mindset with some very important benefits for us all.

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Spring Harvest Holidays never set out to pay dividends to shareholders. The generosity and spiritual vision of the investors and Board mean that we are focused on spiritual goals, with financial stability. So in the French context, Association Le Pas Opton works like a charity in the UK. A French Association Loi 1901 exists for the benefit of its members, so everyone’s part of the vision: guests, team, speakers, friends, Ambassadors. We’re in it together with a common purpose.

A different way of working

Our two French companies continue to own and operate the site. Association Le Pas Opton has an annual contract to deliver guest activities and guest-facing services during the season. This encompasses children's and youth groups, Bible studies and worship, all the services provided in the bar, café, shop and takeaway plus bike and kayak hire.

While most of the professional roles at LPO continue to be fulfilled by salaried employees, any member of Association Le Pas Opton is able to help out in relevant areas. Joining the Association is simple and you don’t even have to holiday with us to be a member. Meet us in May to help set up? You’re welcome. Help with bike hire and repair for a couple of weeks? Yes please.

But we’ve not taken this step primarily to cut staffing costs: we remain committed to employing the best people for key roles on site and to find people locally when possible. The freedom to volunteer however allows us to work together as a community, serving one another with more flexibility and freedom than before.

The team of Animateurs – animated by the Holy Spirit – are themselves members and working on a voluntary basis. Those who need some money after a summer of serving can benefit from sponsorship from a new UK-based fund administered by our friends at Essential Christian.

Post-Brexit benefits

As you may know, with very limited exceptions it is no longer permitted for French companies to hire employees from the UK. It is also illegal in France for any company to use volunteer labour. These challenges to our way of working have been overcome because it’s fine for members from the UK to help out as volunteers.

How does this affect my holiday?

Not very much: Spring Harvest Holidays Limited in the UK arranges your holiday and passes on an amount from your holiday payment as your annual membership fee for Association Le Pas Opton. We hope that the Association brings a greater sense of community and participation, helped by the presence of more members in volunteer roles. Also, once you've gained membership for the year (either through volunteering or booking a holiday), you don't need to pay the fee component on any other holidays in the same year, so you can enjoy a saving on that basis (see discounts).

Do I need to do anything?

No. However, you might want to consider volunteering or donating to our sponsorship fund. Of course, if you’ve not yet booked your holiday we’d love you to do that. And please pray for all the team as we work towards providing brilliant holidays with God at the centre.

Who runs the Association?

Association Le Pas Opton is independent of Spring Harvest Holidays and our French operating company. But don't worry, we are good friends and have the same goals. The three voluntary officers are:

President: Jean-Louis Péchèr

Vice-président (operations): John Musgrave

Secretary: Murielle Baugniet