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Canford School - Dorset

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Residential Summer Camp at Canford School

Canford School, Canford Magna, Wimborne BH21 3AD

Canford School residential camp is for boys and girls aged 8-13 years only

The Ultimate Summer Residential Camp takes place at Canford School, ‘Independent Boarding School of the Year’ (2018) and ‘Tatler Public School of the Year’ (2019). The idyllic grounds and impressive facilities offer modern school facilities combined with beautiful historic buildings and grounds. Their first-class indoor and outdoor facilities are ideal for running our exciting programme of activities and events. Visit Canford School website for more information about the school and open days.


  • Modern boarding facilities (doubles and triples)
  • 300 acres of grounds
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Large sports hall
  • Astroturf pitches
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Woodland

How many staff are on camp?

We have an extremely high ratio of staff to students, with a Welfare Co-Ordinator, who oversees the welfare and safety of the campers and who handles any pastoral issues. We also have several House Parents/Mentors, who are responsible for the day-to-day care of the campers and are the first point of contact if any camper feel as though they are upset in any way. Alongside these members of staff, all employees are trained in Child Safeguarding and many of the staff are trained in giving Paediatric First Aid. There will also be an Admissions Manager, who will be the main point of contact for families with any issues or concerns.

Our friendly and supportive staff team are available 24 hours per day to support campers.

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What if my child gets homesick?

Our caring staff are there to ensure that every camper feels safe, happy and supported during their time on camp. We have over 25 years experience running school holiday summer camps and we understand that attending camp can be an unnerving experience for some children. If your child does start to become a little homesick, here are the things our staff can do to help:

  • Have regular check-ins with children to understand how they are feeling
  • Find out about the friends that they have made or the activities that they like
  • Look ahead to the fun things planned throughout the week
  • Arrange a chat with their parents to help them feel reassured
  • Continue to check-in with the child throughout the week and touch base with parents if and when needed
  • Encourage their new friends on camp to support and help

What is the accommodation like at Twyford School?

Twyford School has shared bedrooms and dorms in separate boys and girls accommodation blocks. We always room children with someone of a similar age and same gender. We will do our best to meet any specific accommodation requests (e.g. sharing a room with a friend) - contact us to discuss this. Rooms are of a high, modern standard and are cleaned on a daily basis - we will encourage the children to keep a tidy room so belongings don't get mislaid!!

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Are staff available during the night?

Our friendly and supportive pastoral staff team are available 24 hours per day to support campers. We pride ourselves on offering the best possible care to children, and Summer Boarding Courses (our sister company delivering these camps) achieved British Council area of strength in ‘care of students’ and ‘safeguarding under 18s’.

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What's the food like on camp?

Our Ultimate Camp meals are perfectly balanced. We make sure all of our meals follow a healthy, balanced menu, whilst also being delicious and exciting. We can cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements and allergies, please feel free to call our Customer Support Team if you would like more information. Here is an example of what's on offer:



  • Choice of continental or cooked
  • A range of cereals, fruits and yogurts
  • Hot breakfasts may include: pancakes, bacon, sausages, waffles and croissants


  • A varied salad and pasta bar
  • Hot lunches include: soup, baked potato and burgers & fries


  • A varied salad and pasta bar
  • Hot dinners include: spaghetti, chicken pie, pizza and macaroni cheese


  • Fruit, ice cream or baked goods such as cookies and pie.

Bed Time Snack:

  • There will be snacks available before bedtime which may include: toast, cereal, fruit and hot chocolate.
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What to bring?

As you know, one can never predict what will happen when it comes to British weather! Please ensure your child packs clothing suitable for both warm and cool weather and that all clothing, towels and swimwear are clearly marked with your child’s name.


  • Bath Towel (please note we do provide all bed linen, but we do not provide bath towels) 

  • Plug in cosmetic devices such as hair dryers (Please note that hairdryers are not supplied, so children wishing to use one during their stay should bring their own)

  • Swimming Towel 

  • Swimming Goggles (If required) 

  • Game console controller (Tech programme use only)


General/Suggested items 

  • Wheeled suitcase or backpack

  • Small day backpack for Swimming Kit 

  • Torch 

  • Plastic bags (for dirty washing)

  • Reusable Water Bottle

  • Favourite Cuddly toy or Home Comfort 

  • Book 

  • Sunglasses (optional) 

  • Sun Hat (required)  



  • Sun cream

  • Shampoo & Conditioner 

  • Shower Gel/ Bar of Soap 

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste 

  • Sun Protection (Sun cream)

  • Hairbrush or Comb 

  • Deodorant 



  • Underwear & Socks (bring plenty for the week)

  • 6 to 7 T-shirts 

  • 2 to 3 Jumpers or Hoodies

  • 2 to 3 pairs of casual trousers/Jeans/Leggings (weather dependent)

  • 2 to 3 pairs of Shorts (weather dependent)

  • 1 to 3 pairs of tracksuit bottoms

  • A waterproof jacket or coat with a hood 

  • Nightwear

  • 2 Swimming costumes/Trunks

  • Disco/Party Wear (optional)  - some campers like to get dressed up at our weekly disco!



  • Slippers or Sliders (Shoes are not permitted within the boarding house)

  • Indoor Sports Trainers (Black soled shoes are not permitted in the school sports hall) 

  • Outdoor Shoes (old trainers/welly boots) 

  • Summer Sandals/Flip Flops


Do Not Bring XXX:

  • X Valuable Items
  • X Nut Products 
  • X Additional Food Products
  • X Non-prescription/over-the-counter medication (e.g. paracetamol, throat lozenges, plasters etc.). These will be available through our First Aiders. 
  • X Money will not be required at camp

Labelled All Items/Lost Property

It is vital that all belongings are clearly labelled with Child’s Name. If an item of clothing or belonging is too valuable to lose, do not bring it!

Valuable Items

We recommend that children bring as few valuable items as possible as the bedrooms do not have locks on the doors. Please note that devices such as mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players or PSPs will not be allowed during activities. Should your child choose to bring any of these devices to an activity, a member of staff will take the device to the summer camp office where it will be stored in the safe until the end of the course. Personal laptops, iPads or electronic notebooks are not allowed. This is for reasons of safety and security. 

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