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    Information for parents - your questions answered

    Parent information guide

    Welcome to Wildchild

    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.

    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.

    Your Questions Answered

    Contents

    1. What does a Wildchild Adventure include?
    2. Where do teachers and pupils sleep?
    3. What arrangements are in place for night time?
    4. What qualifications do Wildchild staff hold?
    5. What kind of food will be available on the trip?
    6. Do you cater for specific dietary requirements and allergies?
    7. Are shower facilities available?
    8. What happens in bad weather?
    9. What kind of food will be available on the trip?
    10. Should my children bring any money?
    11. What valuables should my child bring with them?
    12. Can I contact my child while they are away?
    13. Who can I contact if I have any questions?

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 include jacket potatoes, BBQ, pasta bake, roast dinner.

    6. 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.

    7. Are shower facilities available?

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

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. Should my children bring any money?

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

    11. 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.

    12. Can I contact my child while they are away?

    Your school or youth 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.

    13. 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.

    • "Our children thoroughly enjoyed the variety of activities, which were run by fun-loving team members, who ensured all children were encouraged and safe. We, as a school, would recommend a visit by any school – we were so impressed we have booked again."
      De Havilland Primary School

    • "Our Year 3 pupils enjoyed a wonderful residential trip, thanks to Wildchild’s dedicated staff running great activities. It was a fantastic outdoor experience for our children, many of whom had never spent a night away from home. An exciting, fun-filled adventure led by a team who we really felt wanted us to get the most out of the experience!"
      Devonshire House Prep School

    • "It was the wholesome, outdoorsy experience these kids desperately need while growing up in London."
      Hugh Myddleton Primary School

    • "We switched to using Wildchild as our Year 4 residential trip recently and have been incredibly impressed with the service offered. Rebooking for this year and next year was a non-negotiable for us! I would not hesitate to recommend them and can’t wait to return!"
      Fairlands Primary School

    • "Wildchild’s ethos matches our own – teamwork, challenge and encouragement to face difficulties."
      Westfield Primary School

    • "Our Year 6 cohort had a fabulous time at Wildchild Adventure in 2019. The children were constantly entertained and challenged by the Wildchild Instructors who were also very dedicated and helpful! All transitions ran smoothly, and we were extremely impressed with the facilities!"
      George Tomlinson Primary School

    • "Kids loved it and we are returning next year. Fantastic outdoor experience and different from PGL."
      Allfarthing Primary School