Key Camp Questions

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How are Oppidan Camps different to any other camps?  

An Oppidan Camp is an original concept of summer camp that Oppidan Education has brought to the U.K market. Our camps blend subliminal learning with a taste of the outdoors, sports and activities, providing your children with an unbeatable social experience to develop their confidence and build friendships.

Are the Camps officially accredited?   

Yes - we have been inspected by industry governing bodies including:

  • BAPA (British Activity Provider Association)

  • The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)

  • Adventuremark is a non-statutory safety scheme devised by Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC)

What activities will the children do?

From BBC Journalists to Captains in the Marines, Oppidan Camps provides a platform of external partners for each and every camp. Alongside our own weekly itinerary of all the sports and activities you can think of, workshops will also include treasure hunts, orienteering, problem-solving challenges, assault courses, fire building, cooking, coding and charity engagement.

Are the activities educational?

Only invisibly! Oppidan Camps enables learning to be carried out within an informal and entertaining environment. Workshops include debating, Dragons’ Den business pitching, outdoor science experiments, drama games, public speaking and rocket building, to name a few. Your child’s academic level is irrelevant, they will be made to feel at ease throughout.  

Which children come on our camps?

Children on an Oppidan Camp come from far and wide. The majority of children are at school here in the UK, though we have a number of international families who join us too. We are proud to have children from a variety of backgrounds, schools and countries visit us.

What happens if my child gets homesick on the camp?  

It is unusual for a child to feel unsettled on our camp, but if, after being comforted by one of the camp mentors, they are still homesick or at all worried, a staff member will contact you directly.

Can I visit my child on the camp?  

For children to really make the most of our camps, we politely ask that parents do not visit. We offer a bus to and from camp, but if you’d like to see the camp for yourself, you are welcome to drop off or collect your children.

Do I have contact with my child while on camp?

Absolutely! Each night you will receive a short newsletter direct from camp, including tales of their adventures that day and photos; we hope that parents will feel fully immersed in camp life.

If you’d like to speak to someone while your child is on camp you can ring our office or email camps@oppidaneducation.com.

There is also a 24-hour hotline to camp, but we ask for this number to only be dialled in an emergency.

What does my child need to bring on the camp?  

You will be emailed a PDF packing list on booking.

As a reminder, we are a tech-free camp, allowing children to fully embrace their time at camp away from phones and computers. Please do not send your child to camp with their phone, or any other high value electricals. Devices found are stored safely during your child’s time on camp.

As a suggestion for those children who may be more noise or light sensitive, you may like to invest in ear plugs and/or an eye mask.

Will there be lots of children there who know each other?  

Some children who book onto an Oppidan Camp will do so with siblings or a few friends; however, children are purposefully split up into different groups regularly during the week for a sense of community and to be given the chance to make new friends.

 
 

Logistics, Costs & Discounts

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How long do the camps last?  

July camps take two forms:

5 days / 4 nights

12 days / 11 nights

For our longer camps, we take children off site at the weekend to visit local cities and sites and to experience further adventure activities.

How do I book?  

Please visit our ‘Book Now’ tab to book your place.

What time does the camp start and finish?  

The bus departs from Holland Park, London at 8.30am and arrives at camp for 10am on the first day. Parents are to drop off their children by 10am on the first day, and collect their children at 3.30pm on the last day. For those travelling on the bus, they will arrive back at Holland Park, London at approximately 5pm.

How much does a place cost? 

Our standard 5-day camp costs £690/child - this includes V.A.T.

Our 2-week camp costs £1,900/child – this included V.A.T.

What does the price include? 

All of our camps include accommodation, food, workshops and activities.

Our camps are all-inclusive.

For our 2-week camps, we suggest you pack your children with £20 for weekend activities and souvenir opportunities.

What does the price not include? 

You can book online transportation to and from camp, alongside Oppidan Camps clothing items, which are handed out on the first day of camp.

Do you accept childcare vouchers? 

Not being a school or childcare company and therefore not registered with Ofsted, we unfortunately cannot accept Childcare Vouchers.

Do you offer discounts?

At different points in the year and with regard to children at state schools, we do offer discounts. For further information please email camps@oppidaneducation.com to enquire.

 
 

Staffing

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Are your camp mentors DBS checked?  

Yes. Every mentor has been certified with an enhanced DBS check.  

Will there be somebody there who is First Aid trained?  

Yes. All our camp leaders are First Aid trained and all our camps are kitted out with First Aid boxes. We have contact details for local doctors and hospitals at hand. 

What qualifications do your camp mentors have?  

All our mentors have experience working with children in a one-on-one and group capacity.

All our camp mentors are safeguard trained through EduCare and have been trained extensively by Oppidan in preparation for their camp work.

Staff that have worked for us previously are reassessed each year to make sure their training is up-to-date and applicable.

All camp leaders are first aid trained, and our chefs have hygiene certificates.

For more specialist activities and workshops, qualifications from national governing bodies have been awarded.

Will there be male & female members of staff on duty?

Yes.

 
 

Sleeping Arrangements

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Will there be a member of staff on duty at night?  

Yes. Two members of staff will be on duty throughout the night. While the children are settling down, staff sit outside the tents, and sleep in their own tent close to the children’s tents in case they are needed during the night.

Where do the children sleep?  

Children sleep in single-sex, canvas bell tents in groups of 6-10.   

Children will be randomly allocated a tent, based on their age.

Are the tents single-sex?  

Yes.

 
 

Resources

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What are the facilities like on camp?

Oppidan Camps take place in beautiful, secluded areas of English countryside. We have a large stretch tent called ‘The Hub’ where some activities and workshops take place, and children are encouraged to enjoy further games on offer or just relax when they have downtime.

Oppidan’s HQ and kitchen are run out of buildings within walking distance, and can be utilised if needed for workshops. We also take full advantage of the surrounding parkland, woodland and open grasses to explore for workshops and activities.

What kind of food is cooked for the children?  

All meals are prepared freshly by our chefs, on site, in our working kitchen. The menu changes daily, offering dishes such as fajitas, pies and bolognaise, to apple pies, pavlovas, fresh fruit and homemade snacks. Every camp has the chance to experience a full BBQ evening as well.

Do you cater for special dietary requirements?  

Absolutely. We are able to provide meals for halal, lactose-free, wheat-free, coeliac, vegetarian and all other diets. Please specify your particular dietary requirement when you sign up.  

What happens if my child has any medical issues that need attending to?  

When you fill out your form, you will be asked to outline any medical issues. All members of staff will be made aware of such issues and can administer whatever is required.

What are the loos and showers like?

There are separate on-site loos for both boys and girls. Hot single-sex showers are also available on site.

Children can shower daily either morning or evening.

Will there be any animals there?  

There is no organised or direct contact with any animals on an Oppidan Camp. That said, the parkland we use may have the odd bird or a wild deer appear on occasion. 

Have risk assessments of the camps been carried out?

All venues and activities have been risk assessed. We review our risk assessment and health and safety documents before each season of camps, providing staff with a clear incident and emergency management plan. 

Do you have an appropriate insurance policy in place?  

Yes - all major insurance policies are in place.

What happens if my child leaves something behind on a camp? 

The staff members will collect all lost property at the end of the camp and send it back to our office in Holland Park.

We’d suggest adding nametags to your children’s clothes!

 
 

Issues

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What happens if the weather is bad?

Our camps are set up to cater for all conditions and children will gain just as much from their experience, regardless of the weather. We will, to the best of our ability, update parents in advance of the camp regarding any adverse weather conditions predicted for the week. 

What happens if my child misbehaves?

Though issues are few and far between, we have a system of warnings in place. Should bad behaviour persist, we will call the child's parents immediately to explain the situation. As a last resort, Oppidan Camps reserves the right to have any child collected from camp.

What happens if my child falls ill while at camp?

Oppidan's lead mentors are trained in First Aid and we ask that you give us due notice of any relevant allergies or medication when you complete your sign-up forms. When children are taken sick, we are sure to call the parents to discuss their illness or injury. Local doctors and hospitals are at hand if needed and children will be cared for in line with Oppidan's own Health & Safety procedure. 

What happens if I have to cancel for my child? 

If, for whatever reason, you need to cancel your booking with us, 50% of the cost of the camp will be refunded, up until two weeks prior to the first day of the camp. If you cancel within two-weeks of camp, no refund will be given.

What happens if Oppidan Education has to cancel a camp?

In exceptional circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to cancel an Oppidan Camp. In this instance, your payment will be refunded in full.

In case of an emergency or if running late to collect them, how can I contact my child?

In case of an emergency or late pick-up, there is a 24-hour direct line to the camps: 02038870132.