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What happens if it rains on a Bushcraft Camp?
Our camps have large yurt and warming campfire where activities can take place if we have any inclement weather – most of the time, we continue whatever the weather, as we’re often shaded by the tree canopy.
What activities will the students be doing in the day on a Bushcraft Camp?
There’s a whole host of activities available on our Bushcraft Camps; Fire Lighting, Shelter Building, Camouflage and Concealment, Target Sports, Scenario SOS to name a few! All our activities encourage team building and give students the chance to develop new skills and interact with their peers in a fun, creative environment. Students will work in “Tribes”, small, mixed gender groups to carry out their activities. Each ‘Tribe’ will be assigned a Tribe Leader, who will look after the group for the duration of the trip.
Will the students be able to use their phone?
Our camps are all about getting back to nature and giving students a break from technology. With this is mind, we request they do not bring any mobile phones or other electronic equipment to camp. There will be no way of charging electricals out on camp and also avoids the risk of them being lost or damaged. In case of emergency all Camp Leaders have a mobile phone which they can use to contact you if needed.
Can the students take valuables?
Our camps are high action, so we ask that students do not bring valuable items such as jewellery or technology as they could get lost or damaged on camp.
What do the students need to pack?
You can view the full kit list here, but the key essentials are a sleeping bag, roll mat, a raincoat, and any toiletries and/or medication. Remember the students will be out in the wild, so it’s best to pack old clothes and shoes so it doesn’t matter if they get muddy!
What activities will the students be doing on an Active Learning Experience?
Our Active Learning experiences host a range of exhilarating team building activities; from High Ropes, Leap of Faith and Gladiator challenge to Night Line and Low Rope Challenges.
What food will be on offer?
All our meals are freshly prepared on-site, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Some of the tasty options are: Full English breakfast, American style pancakes, wood-fired pizza, spaghetti bolognaise, Ponassed salmon, venison casserole, beef fajitas, apple crumble & custard, Eton mess… the list goes on! Oh, and don’t forget plenty of hot chocolate and marshmallows!
Can you accommodate allergies and food intolerances?
We cater for all dietary requirements, including all allergies, religious choices, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets. We are also a nut-free company.
What Accreditations does The Bushcraft Company hold?
As an organisation that works with young people we are inspected by, and are members of a number of governing bodies, which include: British Activity Provider Association (BAPA) , The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC), Adventuremark, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL).
What qualifications/certifications do your staff have?
All staff are required to pass enhanced DBS checks, and also have a great deal of experience of working on camps of this kind. Every staff member receives extensive in-house training, as well as obtaining qualifications from national governing bodies for specialised activities, including archery and swimming. All Camp Leaders are first aid trained, and our Field Cooks have food hygiene certificates. Throughout the year our staff are regularly monitored, and we have a full time Safeguarding officer on hand to ensure that every child is kept safe.
What are your health and safety procedures?
As a company we complete extensive risk assessments and detailed Health & Safety policies, which are regularly monitored and reviewed. Please get in touch to request a copy. All programmes comply with Local Authority safety guidelines and all activity equipment is regularly inspected and used for its intended purpose. Food is procured from reputable sources and stored safely. Food hygiene is controlled by trained staff, our kitchens are also inspected by the food hygiene agency. Comprehensive first aid kits and emergency medical kits are nearby on all courses and any incidents are managed through a detailed incident, emergency, and communication plan.
What are your first aid procedures?
On each camp there will be at least one qualified First Aider and many of our staff are trained to FPOS level, we also provide a 10:1 student to staff ratio at all times. In case of emergency, the Estate Manager will assist transportation to the nearest A&E department. Throughout the season we have a dedicated 24-hour line to handle any incidents and relevant emergencies. If you’re a parent, emergency contact details can be requested from your school.
Where is the nearest A&E Department in case of an emergency?
The nearest A&E Departments to our camps are as follows:
Badminton – Royal United Hospitals, Bath (approx. 15 miles away)
Blenheim – John Radcliffe Hospital (approx.10 miles away)
Boughton – Kettering General Hospital (approx. 5 miles away)
Castle Howard – The York Hospital (approx. 17 miles away)
Cuffley – The QEII Hospital (approx. 8 miles away)
Cholmondeley Castle – Leighton Hospital (approx. 15 miles away)
Cornbury Park – John Radcliffe Hospital (approx. 16 miles away)
Penshurst Place – Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury (approx. 6 miles away)
What happens at night on a Bushcraft Camp?
On a Bushcraft camp the students will sleep in single sex tent groups, in our large safari-style bell tents. Two members of our staff will always be on duty throughout the night and will be located at a central point on the camp with a lantern for visibility. They will also help with the bedtime and morning routine. All our bell tents are custom made, with a canvas inner and a waterproof cover, so students will stay warm and dry. Spare blankets will be available if the weather turns cold. School teachers will sleep in allocated Teacher Tents, within viewing distance of the students.
What are the sanitation facilities like on a Bushcraft Camp?
Our camping toilets are the most hygienic and environmentally friendly toilet facilities to be used in a remote environment. Students will be given instructions on how to use the toilet at the start of the camp. There will be plenty of water and sanitizer gel accessible so that students can clean their hands at any time. A female member of staff will brief all girls on sanitation and be on hand to deal with any issues. All necessary facilities will be available, including showers in an emergency. On our five-day camps there will be hot showers available to all students.
What happens at night at on an Active Learning Experience?
At our Active Learning Centre’s there’s a choice of accommodation available, either in our purpose-built bunkhouses, cosy woodlands pods, or in our tented camps. If you’re a teacher, please give us a call to discuss your group’s requirements. If you’re a parent, please contact your school and they will be able to let you know which option they’ve chosen for their group’s adventure.
How do I make a booking?
We’d love to talk to you about booking one of our adventures, please contact us to discuss your plans and our team will be able to draw up a programme to suit your students.
We haven’t been to Bushcraft before, can we have a look around a site?
Yes, teachers can visit all our estates to get a feel for where the camps will take place. We recommend visits take place between May and October, as this gives you a chance to see what our estates look like when they’re running. In the winter, our woodlands look glorious however our camps and activities sites are all packed down! Please contact us and we can happily arrange a time for you to visit.
Can I organise a parents evening talk?
Yes, we can happily organise a parent’s talk for you or provide you with everything you need to run one yourself. Get in touch, and we can make arrangements!
What are the payment terms for my groups booking?
You can find the full booking terms in our terms and conditions HERE.
As the Lead Teacher do I need to carry out a risk assessment?
No, we have carried out a full risk assessment for all of our estates prior to camp. If you’d like to see a copy of these just get in touch.
Do you provide insurance?
We have our own comprehensive public liability insurance to cover you once you arrive on camp with us, however you will need to take out trip insurance to cover yourselves for any eventualities during the journey, or if you need to cancel the trip.
Where can I find your Policy Documentation?
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