On arrival day, which is always a Sunday, you should aim to arrive at camp between 3pm and 5pm. There’ll be a team leader there to meet your child and after a fond familial farewell it’s over to us. Please note that we do not provide transport to and from camp. The parent or guardian of the child is responsible for this.
Should you experience any difficulty or delay and think you might miss that window, please call the camp on the number included in the Parents’ Guide or confirmation information and let us know.
A Typical Day
There’s a phrase we never hear at camp… “I’m bored.”
Take a look at a typical day and you’ll understand why.
7am – Morning Campers! Yes our young people get a knock from their team leader to get up and get dressed; of course some are already up and about.
8am – Buffet Breakfast. We love this time of the day. The breakfast room starts off quiet. And then, along with their appetites, our campers start to wake up. With this the noise level picks up, full of conversation and laughter about yesterday and what’s going on today, and of course “whilst you’re up grab me another juice and a sausage!”
9am – 12.30pm – Activity groups are gathered together. Correct kit? Check! Packed lunch? Check! We’re off. Some may leave on a mini bus for a short journey to the lake for canoeing, or perhaps set out on foot to go on a rocky adventure that includes abseiling, climbing or gorge scrambling.
12.30pm – Time to stop and refuel with a packed lunch. It’s also a chance to regroup and get ready for the afternoon.
1.30pm – 5pm – An afternoon of new activities. As a general rule the campers will move on to a different activity in the afternoon which might include high ropes, mountain biking or caving for example. One thing that’s guaranteed – it will be fun and challenging!
5pm – 6pm – After a day in the great outdoors, campers can’t wait for a shower! This hour belongs to them, giving them time to chill out and get ready for dinner.
6pm – 7pm – Time to tuck into more food. And the campers are ready for it! It’s a good job it’s two courses and as much as you can eat from the salad bar.
7pm – 9pm – A game of whodunit, movie night, acoustic camp fire, music from the decks of Disco Dave….you name it. Our camp teams really go to town to make sure campers have a really fun evening.
9pm – Chill out time or bedtime for our younger campers.
Generally though, all of camps and activity programmes are designed to make sure we are providing young people with safe, fun, challenging and engaging activities. Our activity providers go through a robust process and must, without exception, have the relevant expertise, safety and quality licences along with a reputation for delivery high quality experiences. And that’s just for starters.
Meals and Meal Times
Food is important. Especially to teenagers taking part in days packed full of physical and mental challenges.
Campers start their day with a hearty breakfast. At YHA we make a big effort to cater for all tastes; we offer cereal, toast, fruit juice, pastries, fruit, yogurts, cold meats, and a hot breakfast with a choice of seven items from the grill. And as it’s a buffet, there’s no reason to go hungry!
As we want to squeeze in as much activity as we can to each day, we take lunch with us. Each camper will receive a lunch pack of a sandwich of their choice, cereal bar, fruit, crisps and bottle of water.
Our evening meals include, as standard, a scrumptious hot vegetarian or meat option. This is complemented by a full buffet salad bar. And for afters, a choice of desserts.
All our red meat, with the exception of bacon, is Red Tractor accredited. We source seasonal, local ingredients where we can and believe in the power of good food. We therefore offer healthy, tasty meals that are well balanced and a good source of energy.
Special dietary requirements are no problem. Our catering team will make sure no young person goes hungry. Just let us know about any allergies, dietary requirements or dislikes ahead of time and we’ll make sure we’re well stocked with alternatives.
All good things must come to an end. On the morning of departure, participants should be collected between 9 and 10am. Again, should you encounter any difficulties or delays, please let camp know. Please note that we do not provide transport to and from camp. The parent or guardian of the child is responsible for this.
Just a quick order of business: please remember to bring photo ID with you. We will not allow a young person to leave camp without seeing this.