Further Residential Camp Experiences FAQ's
Team Building – these are your more traditional activities that are done in the outdoors where the group work around a number of different team building activities, which challenge a range of skills. Example Activities include:
- The Matrix Challenge Board
- Spiders Web
- Night Line
- Teeter Totter Bridge
- Blind Statues
- Toxic Waste
- Giant Finger
- Trust V
- The Box
- Blind Build
Bushcraft – think wild survival in woodland, activities include:
- Shelter building
- Fire lighting
- Camp fire cooking
Team Challenges – these are a mix of team building and more funky activities where the teams compete against each other. We have designed most of these ourselves and are all a bit different, activities included are:
- Military Mash Up Races
- Elephant Race
- Helium Stick
- The Mummy Race
- Bridge Build
- Balloon Passing
- Potato Challenge
- Spoon Race
- Bin Ball
- Scavenger Hunt
- Sling Shot Challenge
Outdoor Adventure Activities – these are your more traditional outdoor activities, some can be very physically and mentally challenge but tend to be excellent headliners for events.
- Climbing wall
- Inflatable obstacle course
- Battlefield LIVE
- Low Ropes
- Rifle Shooting
- Crate Stacking
SSG will provide a full catering service to the group during their stay on camp. This service will be in line with the dietary information provided to SSG in advance as part of the pre visit planning.
Breakfast is provided in the form of a cold buffet offering a range of items. Students and visiting staff may access breakfast freely throughout the specified times on the camp overview to best suit their morning routine. Lunch is distributed during the breakfast period for all participants
The dinners consist of hot freshly prepared substantial and healthy foods and will be served in the catering. We will provide a supper in the form of a drink and snack each evening midway through the evening activities.
We discourage students from bringing their own confectionary to camp. No food is permitted in tents. Visiting staff are welcome to bring confectionary as they see fit.
As part of our commitment to developing life skills, we have an expectation for students to bring, be responsible for and clean their own personal items required for mealtimes. We will provide washing up facilities for students and staff to use.
The SSG catering team will ensure there is a suitable meal made available for all students and visiting staff, in line with the dietary information provided.
SSG will provide tents for all the participants attending the camp; in most scenarios participants will sleep in a ten-person dorm tent. SSG will provide ground mats for each student. Male and female students are split into separate tents and we will provide enough tents to cater for whatever mix of participants attend.
It is the responsibility of the group coordinator to decide on the groupings for the tents, and SSG provide a sleeping planner to assist with this which is returned to us ahead of your camp dates.
While we encourage students to mix with different people while at the camp, we find that it can be effective to have each student identify one other person they would want to share with. This eliminates large groups of close friends all in one tent which can be disruptive but also avoids anyone being completely excluded from all their friends.
Access to the tents will be limited at points throughout the camp for supervisory reasons. Students are expected to maintain a clean tent space and SSG will provide cleaning items to do this. SSG staff will not inspect tents, as this forms part of the visiting staff responsibilities. All students’ belongings will remain with them in their tents throughout the visit to the camp.
SSG do not provide sleeping bags or pillows for the students, unless a sleeping bag is previously requested and paid for as a hired item.
Visiting staff will be provided with large podded tents, ensuring one pod per staff member. We do not have a male/female divide rule for visiting staff. Visiting staff tents also have camp beds provided, SSG do not provide sleeping bags or pillows for the staff, unless a sleeping bag is previously requested and paid for as a hired item.
The SSG staff cabin is available to visiting staff which has basic hot drink and cooking facilities within it, along with electric sockets and comfortable seating. This facility is shared with SSG staff and has strict access times.
We understand that planning for a trip with a group of young people can be difficult; therefore, we provide support along the way with all elements of the pre visit planning.
Once we have received your signed ‘contract agreement’ confirming the details of the residential activity camp for your group you will receive our pre visit planning pack.
This pre visit planning pack contains the following:
- A copy of this visitors survival guide
- A schedule for your camp
- A checklist for forms/information that need returning
- Tribe registers
- Sleeping planner
- Visitors letter
- Visitors information (including kit list) and consent form
- Group medical overview
- Group SEND overview
- Group dietary needs overview
- SSG Residential camps ‘project standard operational guide and supporting policies including all risk assessments.
We have designed the pre visit planning pack to be as easy to use as possible and have tried to minimise the amount of admin the trip coordinator needs to do, whilst ensuring all the information is provided to ensure the best experience for everyone involved.
We are happy to send a member of our senior team to your group to deliver a pre visit presentation.
Typically done through the use of a PowerPoint presentation, this provides information to the group about what to expect from the camp. When dealing with young people and children this presentation is often delivered to their parents/carers at the same time.
The pre visit presentation is free of charge to the camp group, although is subject to availability of our team.
All Residential Camp experiences are fully inclusive for all pupils as activities will be adapted for different ages and abilities, including pupils with specific and challenging barriers such as SEND, confidence and weight management issues. For pupils with high level of needs a full review would need to be undertaken as some elements of the venue and/or activities may not be accessible and/or appropriate.
SSG are registered with and abide by all the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ policy guidance, ensuring you can be fully confident in what we do and how we do it?
Our Residential Camp venue is in north Bedford. This wonderful woodland site is fully equipped for our Residential Camp project and offers an exciting environment for visitors. The site is purpose built for hosting groups and has specific activity, catering and accommodation areas.