After a year off, we’re very happy to confirm that Bush Camp is back for 2018. An off site, over night camping adventure for Shambalan adventurers aged 8-12, hosted by storyteller and bush craft master, Chris Holland.
Bush Camp runs two overnight sessions – one on the Friday, one on the Saturday. Each booking is for one night only – we don’t take bookings for both.
WHO RUNS BUSH CAMP?
The Camp is managed on behalf of Shambala Festival by Chris Holland (check out his website HERE), a professional, experienced and qualified camp leader for school groups as well as for many other organisations. He is DBS certified, has an Emergency Outdoor First Aid Certificate (HSE) and has full liability insurance. Chris is also an experienced forest school leader and storyteller. The ratio of leaders to children will follow established guidelines. Please also refer to the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which will be made available for download.
WHAT DOES BUSH CAMP ENTAIL?
Bush Campers are expected to meet at The Family Yurt at 4pm on the day of their bookings (Friday and Saturday). The group then takes a walk (approximately 1.5 miles) to nearby woodland.
On arrival participants will make shelters for the night with tarps and found natural materials. Once shelters are up it’s time for the one match fire challenge. With the cooking fire lit, dinner is served – veggie burgers and baps and salad followed by bananas stuffed with chocolate. There will be a chance to have a go at rubbing sticks to make fire and practice a primitive living craft.
As night falls we prepare for a game or two in the dark before stories around the fire. Breakfast is veggie bacon and egg rolls before packing up and returning to camp by bus for 10am. Specific dietary requirements can be catered for – we just need to know in advance.
Please note the camp is a mobile phone free zone! Please ensure your children leave their phones with you for safe-keeping. Should you need to contact your child, you can call Chris the camp leader at any time.
KIT LIST – WHAT CAMPERS NEED TO BRING!
- Sleeping bag & change of clothes in a strong bin-liner or waterproof bag
- 1 litre of water and a mug (plastic or tin cup)
- Waterproof coat/jacket and warm clothes
- Lightweight roll mat
- Waterproof survival bag or bivvi bag,
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Insect repellent
- Torch or head torch
- Musical instrument
Please note they need to be able to carry everything.