Join us at Dunham Park Scout Camp, for plenty of fun in the forest with tree climbing, zip wires, archery, den building, game playing and themed adventures like pirates, knights and superheroes. Our holiday school is a great way to encourage your child to grow in confidence through developing woodland skills and good old fashion fun with no screens allowed!
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Every day is different! There will be plenty of hide and seek, capture the flag and the freedom to enjoy running around, climbing and exploring (in fact parents thank us because their child is always ready for bedtime!).
Each day we try or perfect a new skill – from crafting a peg or mallet to using tools to create a woodland band of merry men with swords and bows and arrows. Pirate themed treasure hunts teach map reading and problem solving. Collecting water, learning signaling with light and sound and protecting yourself from the elements are all vital survival skills.
Risk is a big part of adventure play for children, but all the risks have been carefully assessed so that your child can experience a sense of accomplishment, from firelighting to cooking over a campfire and from our woodland assault course (as challenging as their ability allows) to carving their own whistles and Kazoos.
Summary of activities:
Cooking: Damper bread, pizzas, sausages, campfire muffins
Tools: Bow saw, bill hook, sheaf knife, loppers
Woodcraft: Peg, mallet, kazoo/whistles, bow and arrow
Skills: Firelighting, survival, first aid, map reading
Every day the children will cook their own nutritious lunch using different outdoor cooking techniques from baking potatoes to grilling sausages. We also supply two pieces of fruit per child and a treat bar. If your child has specific nutritional requirements please get in touch as we are usually able to accommodate. But the children love that we always toast marshmallows over the campfire and drink lots of hot chocolate/juice. All of this is included in the price and is one less thing for you to stress about in the busy school holidays.
We only operate small groups of 30 or less so that every child has enough attention from our experienced leaders to gain the most from the experience and all activities.
9.00am to 4.30pm (early drop off from 8am, last pick up 5.30pm)
Costs £30 for a full day and £20 for a half day (either 9am – 12.30pm or 1pm – 4.30pm), sibling discounts are available, please enquire.
We are in the forest all day come rain or shine (although we will erect a shelter in bad weather), so appropriate clothing is very important. There are basic toilet and hand-washing facilities on site.
Our sessions are led by a qualified Forest School practitioner, all staff are CRB checked, insured and activities are fully risk assessed.
Limited places, please book in advance.
A drop off or late collection facility is available (early drop off from 8am, last pick up 5.30pm), there is an additional cost of £2.50 per session – or £4 for both the morning and afternoon session. This includes a drink and snack.
If you would like to discuss anything or book a place, please call the We Are Adventurers team on 0161 877 0759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
First Aid Qualified
Fully Risk Assessed
“Oscar really enjoyed his week and is planning a winter birthday party in the forest. He loved getting muddy, was really proud of his creations (kazoo, pendant, lantern), got a kick out of doing had fun building dens, ‘dangerous’ things like sawing and toasting marshmallows on the fire.”
“We struggle to get Easton to leave Paul’s camps because he’s having so much fun. With so many holiday clubs offering a variety on the same theme, there’s nothing else like this out there.” Caroline, Didsbury
“Building a fire was really cool. But jumping out a tree on a zip wire was the best!” Easton, 6, Didsbury
“Thanks you again for the fab week he had with you last week. I would like to know if you would have a spare space for him on Thursday & Friday?”
“Great time had at We Are Adventurers today. Lovely to see my little boy doing what kids should do! Most enjoyed den building and the zip line. Will definitely be returning for more outdoor fun and exploring.”
My little boy, Jacob age 4, has been on a school trip today with his class from Staining primary school, they went to Stanley park. He has not stopped talking about his adventure day since I picked him up at 3pm. He has taken a massive shine to somebody called Tom? We honestly haven’t had one sentence without the name Tom in it this evening – this is so lovely for me to hear as my little boy is very shy and takes a while to feel comfortable with people, but he absolutely thinks the world of Tom. He excitedly told me how he chose Tom in the duck, duck, goose game & he couldn’t stop laughing when he was telling me all about it! He’s had a truly fantastic day! Thanks so much to Tom for making my little boy so so happy today. Xxxx
We Are Adventurers ran a forest school session for 90 Year 1 children across a three day period at St Hughes School in Timperly April 2013.
“The children (and staff!) thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Paul has a lovely manner which the children really warmed to.
“The activities were really stimulating and exciting and all the children without exception thoroughly engaged in them and enjoyed them.”
“We started off the session with a lovely “getting to know you” session. Paul asked the children to think of an animal that began with the same letter as their name. The children loved this so did their teachers! (We were very impressed that phonics was included in the first couple of minutes!)
“The rope activity was brilliant for PSE and it was lovely to see those children who sometimes hold back in the classroom engaging so freely.”
Fairies and Elves
“The children just loved this! It was lovely to see their faces as they listened to the story the magic fairy string, the mysterious Sneezy the dragon and the Fairy Village.
“All of the activities involved the children using a huge range of skills right across the curriculum. It was particularly interesting to listen to the children describing their fairy houses. It really triggered their imaginations. They worked brilliantly together in their little groups.
“As teachers, we were particularly pleased with the opportunities for follow up work which the initial session had provided. Their writing involved a recount of their session as well as writing instructions for making the fairy bracelets. We also did an excellent character description of the dragon. In independent activities during continuous provision, they made little maps of the village and drew plans of weird and wonderful things to catch the dragon!
“To conclude, it was a really exciting experience for the children and staff which provided the children with a whole range of learning experiences.”
“Thank you for an amazing party! Everyone was very impressed as it was so different to the usual party entertainer/ softplay/ football ones that are the norm.”
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for today Paul! It was amazing party! Harry had a fabulous time as did all this little friends!”
“Just wanted to say thank you so much for hosting a brilliant party! I have heard brilliant feedback!”
“Thanks for Saturday, all the kids seemed to have a great time and we didn’t lose any which is always a bonus(!)”
“I don’t know how to write this post without sounding like I’m gushing but my son and his 2 friends had their joint 8th birthday party today with Paul and his team and I can honestly say that it was the best party any of them have ever been to – despite the wind and rain! 24 very excitable and loud 8 year old boys is no mean feat but Paul and his colleague were brilliant and had them all completely entertained to the point that they all complained that they had to go home! Since we got home we’ve all had messages saying it was the best party ever – I’d highly recommend booking them for parties. They even supplied the parents with a shelter and unlimited cuppas! Worth every penny and more!”
“Thank you so much to Paul for a fantastic afternoon at Daniel’s 7th birthday party. He says it’s his best party ever!”
“Thank you very much for a fabulous and fantastic party! Alex and his friends totally loved it. I think mud, sticks, fire, marshmallows and lots and lots of fun totally sums it up. A birthday adventure and a half! Thanks again.”