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Ultimate Summer Residential Camp

A Summer of Fun, A Lifetime of Memories

Ultimate Residential Camp

The Ultimate Residential Camp for 8-13 year olds!

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Connect | Inspire | Explore | Challenge | Celebrate

All children are brilliant and they all deserve to have inspirational summer holidays brimming with fun and life-long memories. That sentiment is what drove us to craft a totally new concept in residential camps where 8-13 year olds will experience a fizzing mix of awesome activities, social fun and brain-spiration!

We welcome your children to join us for a summer of fun at our flagship, week-long residential summer camp at the stunning Canford School in Dorset. Create memories that will last a lifetime with this ultimate experience!

To deliver our summer residential programme, we have partnered with sister-company Summer Boarding Courses - they are the UK's top ranked residential summer school provider and currently the only summer school provider in the UK to have achieved a perfect 15 Areas of Strength in a British Council inspection.

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Dates & Rates

  • Back in Summer 2023

  • 2023 Prices TBC

Canford School, Dorset

Canford School resides in over 300 acres of beautiful grounds. Campers will live in purpose-built accommodation (safe from British summer-weather!) and make use of incredible facilities including, theatres, swimming pool, Harry Potter style dining rooms, idyllic outdoor space and inspiring state-of-the-art sports facilities.

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A DAY IN A LIFE OF CAMP

MORNING

Time to wake up and shake up to ready for the day. After a nourishing breakfast in the grand dining hall, we'll be straight outside to get ready for the day! Mornings will focus on bringing all our campers together in activities designed to build teamwork, leadership, and meet some truly inspirational guest speakers!

Sample Activities:

  • Boomwhacker Wake-Up
  • Splash of Clans
  • Graffiti Art
  • Inspiring guest speakers

AFTERNOON

After lunch it's time to explore, take on some fun challenges and spend time with new friends! Whether you're mad for art, wild for adventure or crazy for sport, out intrepid campers will take part in a series of out of this world activities.

Sample Activities:

  • Afternoon Bournemouth Beach Trip
  • Ultimate Inflatable Course
  • Combat Archery
  • Clan-Vas Art
  • The Great Escape
  • Mission: Survival

EVENING

Time to celebrate all we've achieved together during our evening events which bring everyone together for some serious (ahem!) social fun. As the day ends, our sunset events round off the day. Pull up a beanbag at the Secret Cinema, get your UV Face Paint on for the Silent Disco, or join the Ultimate Festival!

Sample Activities:

  • Secret Cinema
  • Ultimate Festival
  • Disco Night!
  • Whacky Races
  • Team Scavenger Hunt

A Big Fan Of My Clan

During the week, you will join an exclusive clan! You'll compete against other clans to win the coveted Ultimate Clan Championship at the end of the week! Red, Blue, Yellow or Green, can your clan be the ultimate winning machine?

SSSSSHHHH!.... THE BIT FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS

Summer Camp is a truly great place for young people to spend their summer, making friends and building memories that last a lifetime.  But here’s the really great bit – our camp has been designed by leading experts in the education industry to connect, inspire, explore, challenge and celebrate.  Here’s a little bit of the benefits built into our Ultimate Residential…

What Will My Children Get Out Of Camp?

Summer Residential FAQ's

Is transport to and from Canford School included?

Parents are welcome to drop off children at Canford School on Sunday between 2:30 and 5:30 and collect on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 12:30.
Alternatively we offer a return coach and Welcome Club service from South West London (exact location TBC) and near Newbury which costs £45 return. Drop off/return from South West London or Hilton Hotel Chieveley (Newbury RG20 8XY) at 2pm on Sunday and return by 12pm the following Saturday. Our Welcome Club staff will make sure children are happy from the moment you drop them off and will ensure they arrive on camp safely.

What is the accommodation like at Canford School?

Canford School has twin rooms and some 4-bed 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 standard and are cleaned on a daily basis - we will encourage the children to keep a tidy room so belongings don't get mislaid!!

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’.

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 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 were 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 students.

What Covid measures are in place?

We will follow all current guidance in place at the time of running camp and will inform parents in advance if there are any measures that may affect the children’s experience or enjoyment of camp. We expect there to be no or very minimal measures for summer 2022. if there are any measures that may affect the children’s experience or enjoyment of camp

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.

Below is a suggested packing list for campers:
• Toiletries (including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush and toothpaste)
• Towels x 2 (please note that we provide all bed linen, but we do not provide towels)
• Hairdryer if needed (please note that hairdryers are not supplied, so students wishing to use one during their stay should bring their own)
• Small backpack or small travel bag, for afternoon trip to the beach
• Sun protection, such as sunglasses, sun hat and sun protection cream
• Several T-shirts
• One waterproof jacket
• 2-3 jumpers or sweaters
• 2-3 pairs of casual trousers / jeans
• 2-3 pairs of shorts
• 1-2 pairs of tracksuit pants
• Disco clothes (party wear)
• Non-marking indoor sports shoes (NO BLACK SOLES)
• Summer sandals / flip flops
• Swimming suit / trunks
• Outdoor sports shoes

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 school 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.