Inspiring a lifetime of adventure
We’re incredibly proud of the fact that it’s our dedicated, hard-working team that are credited by our schools and groups for their children’s enjoyment of the trip, but also for going that extra mile to make every trip special.
Every Wildchild team member is chosen for their passion for the great outdoors, and for their natural ability to work with and communicate with children. We don’t just tell our groups what we do, we lead by example, and we love getting stuck in to every activity!
I love the outdoors so much I’ve worked in activity centres in the UK, France, Italy and Finland, where seeing the northern lights was a particular highlight. When I joined Wildchild I was attracted by the company’s passion for working with young people in the outdoors. The Wildchild ethos very much matched my own interests, all about helping young people overcome their fears, and encouraging them to embrace the outdoors.
My favourite thing about working with Wildchild is that I feel I am a valued member of the team. One of my best memories would have to be around the campfire, where the whole group was up, including the Wildchild team singing a song by Earth, Wind and Fire.
Interesting fact about me: I’ve cooked for the Queen!
Before working with WildChild, I studied Outdoor Adventure Activities/Facilitation at University, where I also began volunteering as an Instructor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and as a Qualified Coach for Waterskiing and Wakeboarding. There’s so much I love about working with Wildchild, but if I were to choose my favourite thing, it would be seeing children experience the outdoors and the array of activities, whether it’s for the first time, or just the first time enjoying them with friends and classmates.
My best Wildchild memory is of a scorching summers day where a game of Ambush tuned into a hilarious water fight that ended with me being chased around the field by 30 children armed with water soakers!
Fun fact about me: I was a Games-Maker Volunteer at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
I created Wildchild 11 years ago when as a parent of two small boys, I realized that young people today simply don’t have the opportunity to play outdoors in the same way we used to when we were younger. Our outdoor adventure children’s parties, holiday activities and school activities led to the development of our now core business – our school and group residential trips. The core ethos of our business remains the same today as it did when we started – to help children access and enjoy the wonderful world of the great outdoors.
My other dream is to go inter-railing in Europe – I wasn’t lucky enough to have a gap year, so I’d love the opportunity to extend my own lifetime of adventure.
I’ve always loved the outdoors from my schoolboy days of running cross-country and athletics. Our residential adventures have allowed me to share my passion for bushcraft, bird watching and nature.
I really enjoy the practical, hands-on side of developing the business. Designing the camps, developing activity ideas, and making things out of natural materials. It’s amazing what you can create with a simple wooden pallet! I still love the look and feel of our bell-tented village when it’s filled with happy children enjoying the under canvas experience.
My dream is to see the Northern Lights and to visit the wilds of Alaska.
My amazing fact – I can skateboard!
I’m currently studying geography at Southampton University, working on camps around my studies. I’ve worked with Wildchild for four years, and one of the things I love best about it is being able to inspire young people. I enjoy inspiring children to extend their love of adventure after their trip, and I’ve even been asked to go into schools to talk about my experience, university and plans for the future, which is a real honour.
I have a hamster called Gus, and I love to travel and visit different countries. I’m looking forward to another season on camp – particularly this year now we have our new pizza oven – I love pizza!
Monty is the newest addition to our team. A very active and friendly Cockerpoo puppy who loves the outdoors more than any of us. Give him a stick, (a branch or a log) to chew and run with and Monty is very happy. Happiest in the woods, with the scent of squirrels, he will be making his first appearances on camp this season, helping to bring that added sense of fun and enjoyment to our trips.
With research showing the many benefits to schoolchildren of having access to a pet dog, we’re confident Monty will add to the health and wellbeing and emotional resilience that our adventure programmes offer.
“All the instructors we had were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. Loved them! They’ve made our experience fab.” Manor Farm
“Marcus and Alex both engaged with the children brilliantly and were calm yet friendly.” Riverside Primary
“A very, very good week, led by a capable, friendly, fun and patient leader. Thank you!” Whytemead Primary
“Marcus was outstanding. A great leader with brilliant customer service.” Wellington Primary
“Joe was great at keeping us informed about what was going on, and had a great rapport with the children.” Trinity CE School
“Rosanna was very calm and had an excellent relationship with the children.” Woodford Green Prep School
“Marcus has been so helpful and professional. We were well looked after by Wildchild staff and children have enjoyed their week.” Bure Valley
“Joe has been easy to talk to, eager to help and excellent with the children. The whole team has been fantastic!” Essendon Primary
“We cannot fault the professionalism, skill and enthusiasm of the staff. Every single member of the team worked very hard an we could not ask for more. They have the right balance of respect, discipline and keeping the fun element for the children.” Westfield Primary
“The staff were very good with children. They led activities and were very flexible. Joe went out of his way to help us.” Place Farm
“Rosanna and Joe were exceptional and inspiring.” Kings Oak Primary
“Marcus and Rosanna were absolutely fantastic, both extremely engaging and supportive.” Fairlands Primary
"We cannot fault the professionalism, skill and enthusiasm of the staff. Every single member of the team worked very hard and we could not ask for more. They have the right balance of respect, discipline and keeping the fun element for the children."
"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""
"The trip met our objectives and surpassed them. It gets better every year. We love the instructors as they are awesome role models."
"A fabulously engaging and inspiring visit for our children who would not get to experience these activities elsewhere."
"We were impressed with the practical nature of tasks rather than all about thrill-seeking. We loved the relaxed nature of our time, smooth transitions and patient, caring staff"
"Wildchild’s ethos matches our own – teamwork, challenge and encouragement to face difficulties."