Inspiring a lifetime of adventure
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 pod villages. 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, cratestacking and high ropes, 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.
A list of recommended and essential items for your child to bring on the trip
Read our useful guide including frequently asked questions
Going on a school trip can seem daunting. But, with careful planning, you can prepare your child for a wonderful time away.
View an example two-night/three-day primary school programme
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.
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 in cosy woodland Pod villages. Again, our Pods are split into male and female.
Wildchild staff stay on site overnight, and are on hand as a support to teachers in case of any emergencies. Both types of accommodation have a motion-sensor lighting system for the safety of teachers and children. Night toilets are also provided.
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.
All meals are freshly prepared on site, including a balance of meat,vegetables, fruit and carbohydrates. We also provide the all-important marshmallows around the campfire! Typical meals include pasta bar, chicken curry, lasagne or cottage pie with a selection of hot deserts.
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.
Yes, separate male / female toilet and shower facilities are available, as well as night-time toilets.
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.
No, there isn’t an opportunity for spending it, so your child won’t need to bring any money.
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.
Your school or group 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.
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.
"A fantastic experience for both pupils and teachers. It's been fantastic to see the children grow with such amazing support around them""
Markyate Primary School
"A perfect mix of adventurous and nature-based activities, delivered by wonderful staff in a lovely setting!""
Fircroft Primary School
"It was the wholesome, outdoorsy experience these kids desperately need while growing up in London."
Hugh Myddleton Primary School
"Provided the children with the independence we needed. It also created an experience they will never forget""
Loose Primary School
"Wildchild’s ethos matches our own – teamwork, challenge and encouragement to face difficulties."
Westfield Primary School
"Engaging, challenging, nurturing, taking all of us out of our comfort zones, connecting to the environment""
Streatham and Clapham Prep
"Kids loved it and we are returning next year. Fantastic outdoor experience and different from PGL."
Allfarthing Primary School