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Beth Lee-Ashby | 3 March 2022
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So your class will be joining us at Bushcraft this year! That’s incredibly exciting and we cannot wait to welcome them to our camps.

Going away on a residential trip can be a huge rite of passage for many kids and we want to make the experience as easy and exciting for them as possible. To help erase questions from parents, and to ensure every child has everything they need, we’ve pulled together our top 5 tips that can make it easier on them and help you not to worry by knowing they are fully prepared.

1 – Make sure you pack for all weathers. 

We know the UK weather is extremely unpredictable so no matter what time of year you are joining us, bring plenty of layers and maybe a waterproof or two.

Your little ones will enjoy the activities a lot more if they are warm and dry even if you think the peak of summer will be fine.

2 – Have a practice camp.

Camping for some kids is completely brand new! Why not give them a trial run? Encourage parents to run a practice camp over the weekends, or use class time to introduce students to the Great Outdoors.

Sleeping in the outdoors and away from home can seem a little scary to first time campers,  so a little practice can get them excited at the thought of sleeping under the stars with their friends for a couple of nights and invested in the adventure activities they’ll be taking part in.

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3 – New foods, Let’s try something new! 

Not only is camping a completely new activity for some children but the idea of eating new foods they aren’t used to is also a possibility. To get them off on the best foot, why not try hosting a little tasting session and make it a fun experience so they are not turned off at the idea of food they aren’t used to and are willing to give it a go.

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4 – Get students working with other people

School residentials are the perfect way for children to bond with one another and make new friends. During their stay at Bushcraft, they’ll be working in groups to tackle new challenges and solve a variety of problems. However, on the first day this might seem a bit daunting to some students.

Before you get to camp, why not encourage students to work in new groups or partners so their time on camp can solidify these new friendships with memories that’ll last a lifetime.

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5 – Trust the Pros

The perks of using us here at Bushcraft, is we take away all the stress and complicated planning that comes with a camping trip. We see thousands of children a year and have lots of activities and amazing staff on hand to keep them entertained for the trip. You can rest easy knowing your children will be well looked after and having a fantastic time with their peers and our amazing on camp team.

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And there you have it! Our top 5 tips to help your kids have a smoother trip when they come to visit our Bushcraft camps.

Find out more about life on camp HERE 

And for any information regarding cancellations and government guidelines click HERE