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Our residential adventures offer children a unique, immersive opportunity to enjoy independence-building and teamwork activities that will be fun and challenging, while encouraging an appreciation of the great outdoors, and a love of adventure.

Welcome to Wildchild

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We look forward to welcoming your child to Wildchild Wood, home for the duration of their adventure, where they will enjoy staying in either our authentic canvas bell tented village, or comfortable woodland lodges. Our sites in the South East of England are carefully chosen for their acres of natural woodland, and well-equipped outdoor adventure activities and equipment. Children can benefit from the extensive range of outdoor activities on offer including abseiling, climbing, potholing and zipwire, as well as the natural environment perfect for bushcraft, survival-skills and teambuilding activities.

While on the trip children are encouraged to challenge themselves and support each other in order to try new things and overcome any former fears or worries that might hold them back. Children are encouraged and motivated, not necessarily to be the fastest or highest, but to try their hardest and persevere to achieve their own personal best.

Our Wildchild team of instructors will be with your child for the duration of their adventure. They are fully trained, DBS checked and experienced in outdoor education provision. Most importantly we feel passionate about the great outdoors, and work hard to instil that passion and respect for the outdoors in every pupil that takes part.

By the end of their adventure your child should come away having learned the importance of teamwork, of the natural environment we live in, and have greater confidence in their own skills, abilities and resilience. Most importantly they will take away happy memories and fun experiences that they will hopefully look back on in later years as the first of many life-affirming experiences in a life filled with adventure.

Frequently asked questions

What does a Wildchild adventure include?
We provide all activities, equipment, instruction, meals (except packed lunch on day 1) and accommodation in either our tented village, or woodland lodges. Children will need to bring a sleeping bag for their bunk beds and particularly if camping, please try to ensure children have a warm, 3-season sleeping bag as even in the summer it does feel cold at night.

Where do teachers and pupils sleep?
For camping trips, teachers and pupils sleep in our traditional tented village, and where possible male teachers will be located in the boys’ section, female teachers in the girls’ section. Pupils tents sleep 6 in bunk bed formation. Indoor accommodation is provided by woodland dormitory-style lodges. Again, dormitories are split into male and female.

What arrangements are in place for night-time?
Wildchild staff stay on site overnight, and are on hand as a support to teachers in case of any emergencies. Our camping village has a motion-sensor lighting system for the safety of teachers and children. Night toilets on the camp are also provided.

What qualifications do Wildchild staff hold?
All Wildchild instructors and leaders are first aid trained, DBS checked, and have specialised experience in outdoor education as well as all the necessary qualifications for the activities undertaken (archery, bushcraft, climbing etc.). Most importantly, our team are friendly, energetic, and share our passion for working with children to inspire a love of the great outdoors.

Do you cater for specific dietary requirements and allergies?
Yes, all dietary requirements are catered for as long as we are aware of them in advance. Please ensure you provide any relevant medical / dietary information to your school by 8 weeks prior to the trip.

Are shower facilities available?
Yes, separate male / female toilet and shower facilities are available, as well as night-time toilets.

What happens in bad weather?
The odds are that your child will experience at least some rain or bad weather during your trip. As long as they have enough layers and waterproof clothing (see kit list), they are generally happy to undertake outdoor activities undeterred by the British weather! An indoor area is available for mealtimes.

What kind of food will be available on the trip?
All meals are freshly prepared on site including a balance of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and carbohydrates. We also provide the all-important marshmallows around the campfire! Typical meals may include jacket potatoes, pasta bake, roast dinner, BBQ.

Should my child bring any money?
No, there isn’t an opportunity for spending it, so your child won’t need to bring any money.

What valuables should my child bring with them?
Children will spend their time engaged in outdoor activities, and we don’t have anywhere to store valuables, so we advise against bringing mobile phones, tablets, electronic games etc. and we would also ask you to ensure they aren’t wearing any jewellery that could get lost or damaged during the activities.

Can I contact my child while they are away?
Your school will be able to contact us in case of an emergency, but otherwise we find children settle better and enjoy their time away when they don’t have outside contact that may encourage homesickness.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?
Please refer any questions to your school or group leader in the first instance. They should have all the information they need to answer your queries, or they can contact us for anything else.

  • "Thank you so much for a phenomenal trip – we couldn’t have asked for anything more. All children and staff have not stopped sharing stories about our experience. We’re definitely coming back next year!"

  • "We had a brilliant three days – a real highlight of the year for children and adults! One teacher summed it up as “the highlight of my career”. The children loved it and are already excited about the next trip"

  • "Just wanted to thank all the Wildchild team. We had such a great time! Everyone loved it. You have a great team. Everyone is so passionate and our kids felt at home, safe and looked after. They told me on the bus they did not even miss their parents. When you are having fun, time flies!"

  • "I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you for all the hard work you put in for us this weekend! We had such a good time and the children have been buzzing about it today, despite being very very tired!"

  • "A fantastic fun packed day with a lovely group of very enthusiastic instructors. Thank you to your team for making our outdoor adventure day such a positive experience."

  • "When we chose Wildchild to deliver our Year 7 transition residential the idea was for our new pupils to get to know each other, learn to work together and the importance of our natural environment. The trip did all of that and so much more – since returning to school we’ve noticed a real bond among pupils and teachers alike, and a big improvement in communication and teamwork. It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to doing it all again next year!"