If you have never been to Camp before we hope this page will answer all of your questions. If you get to the end of it and you still have a question or two, please feel free to get in touch.
Why go to Camp?
Why not? It is understandable that you will be unsure about going to Camp – it can seem like a very worrying experience. Don’t worry, you aren’t the first person to feel unsure about it and you won’t be the last! Do you enjoy meeting new people and having a good time? Then Camp is the place for you. Camp is a great time to get to know your friends better and to make new ones. Many friendships formed at Camp last throughout the year. Everyone is friendly and approachable, so if you have a problem or are unhappy (why would you be unhappy at Camp?) there is always someone you can talk to. Also whilst you are busy building up new friendships you will be enjoying yourself so much that you will forget that you are away from home. Camp also provides opportunities to take part in activities which you won’t easily have access to at home.
Where will we stay?
If you decide to come to Camp you will be staying in a spacious country residence. Actually, it will be a tent in the middle of a field, but the Staff stay in exactly the same conditions and they come back year after year! You will share your tent with three or four other campers, not all necessarily from your own Company. During the course of Camp you will get to know these people very well. Even though we stay in a field we have access to proper toilets and hot showers.
What will we be doing?
We try to offer a balanced programme of activities at Camp – too many to mention them all here. On-site these include a variety of sports and games (individual and team), as well as more intellectually challenging activities. We don’t spend the whole of Camp in a field. We spend more time out of Camp than in. Each day there are three or four different activities for you to chose from. These include Horse-riding, Go-karting, Quasar, Beach Parties, Ten Pin Bowling, Swimming, Water Sports, Cinema Trips & Shopping. Special events include the Camp Olympics, end of Camp Concert, Banquet & Plum Duff Parade. The fun doesn’t stop when Camp is over. Each year a number of Camp reunions are organised by the younger staff members. This gives a chance to continue the friendships which were formed at Camp.
What is Camp food like?
At Camp we have an excellent standard of meals. A wide variety of nutritionally balanced, calorie-counted foods. Well, it tastes great and doesn’t do you any harm anyway. At Camp you will be fed and watered four times a day. Each morning starts with traditional Camp porridge or cereal, followed by a cooked breakfast prepared by our expert cookhouse team. Lunch and dinner vary from day to day but include chips & burgers, sausage & mash, salad, lasagne etc. Each night before bed you will be given cocoa and biscuits. On Sunday, breakfast is traditionally continental – hot Croissants and coffee. At lunch time you will get the best Sunday roast you have ever tasted. Each Camper is placed onto a family table. On your table you will find that you are sitting with different people than those who are sharing your tent. This enables you to get to know everyone. Meal times are a great time to share your experiences of the day and generally chat.
What is included in the cost of Camp?
The Camp fee increases a little every few years to keep up with the increased costs in organising the event. The fee includes transport to and from Camp (by train, coach or minibus depending on the destination), three meals a day, plus cocoa and biscuits before bed, accommodation in tents, and a Camp polo shirt. Optional visits will be charged against your Camp Bank Account (full details in the Camp Booklet which is available a few weeks before Camp). Why not start paying a few pounds a week into your Company now.
Where will it be?
Every year we have a different destination for Camp. A full list of past Camps is available, and details of the next Camp can be found on the Latest Information page.
What will I need to bring?
Each Camper must provide their own sleeping bag (and pillow if space allows), but we’ll provide the tents, blankets, plates, spoons, etc. You bring your own clothes, underwear and wash kit, and we’ll provide the Camp Polo Shirt.
Where do I sign?
All you need to do now is talk to your parents and get them to fill in the Camp form (available on the ‘Latest Information’ page). Then return it along with your deposit to a Company Officer. If you still have any questions about Camp, please talk to any Officer in your Company, or, even better, talk to the people who attended Camp last year. Find out from them what a fun time they had. If you still have any questions ask an expert.