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 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.
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’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 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.
“Joe is an incredibly calm communicator and proactive camp leader. Any request was dealt with promptly and he was flexible with the programme of activities to suit our group” . Allfarthing Primary School
“Liam was a star at the archery session, remaining calm and quick to respond to staff queries”. Berkhamsted Prep School
“Shane really impressed us during his Bushcraft session. He was truly knowledgeable and explained things clearly with detail”. Berkhamsted 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 Primary School
“Joe has been easy to talk to, eager to help and excellent with the children. The whole team has been fantastic!” Essendon Primary School
“Marcus and Rosanna were absolutely fantastic, both extremely engaging and supportive.” Fairlands Primary School
“All the instructors we had were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. Loved them! They’ve made our experience fab”. Manor Farm Primary School
“Marcus and Alex both engaged with the children brilliantly and were calm yet friendly.” Riverside Primary School
“Marcus was outstanding. A great leader with brilliant customer service.” Wellington Primary School
“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 School
“Both Joe and Jasmine have been excellent, it works well because of these fabulous leaders – they make the trip!” Whytemead Primary School
"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