Invisible learning for the next generation.

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An all-encompassing residential camp that values personal and social development as well as the acquisition of new skills and experiences for children aged 8-13.  

 
 

Why Oppidan Camps?

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An Oppidan Camp is a unique experience for a child. It incorporates five days of interactive workshops, guest speakers, outdoor sports and team games, as well as cooking, camping and a host of practical skills. Children are treated like adults and come away with an increased sense of confidence about themselves and their education. Having people who make it their priority to nurture children and keep them grounded is of huge value in an increasingly uncertain world for the younger generation.

 

Our Ethos

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Oppidan Camps has taken the US camp model and brought it to the U.K. A modern-day Swallows and Amazons with a strict no-tech rule, the camps manifest experience over acquisition: an innocent, nostalgic enjoyment of the outdoors. Camps give children the independence they need to be totally free, to meet new friends during their school holidays and to their studies with a renewed sense of energy.

 

A word from the founders.

 
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The Oppidan Story

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Henry Faber and Walter Kerr set-up Oppidan Education in 2016 to tackle the pressurised, anxiety-driven education market in London and across the U.K. Oppidan Education helps young people fulfil their potential through mentoring programmes, both one-on-one and in schools across the state and independent sectors. 

They soon realised there was a gap in the market for a business to run summer camps, inspired by invisible learning and one that encapsulated the US style of summer camps: new friends, the outdoors, adventure and a formative experience growing up. Henry and Walter bought two bell tents and set up camp; in 2016, Oppidan Camps was born. Three years later, you can find us on two different sites: Woodhall Estate in Hertfordshire, and Culden Faw Estate in Henley, where we run camps for both families and state & independent schools, during and outside of term time.

 
Oppidan Camps Timeline
 
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The camp delivers real value for money and offers nothing I've ever come across before. The staff and structure of the activities are first class.

Oppidan Parent

Mother of 11-year-old girl

Dylan absolutely loved it and said it was the best camp he’s been on. As parents we loved the daily updates, felt connected but not intrusive on the children’s time and were extremely pleased that it was tech-free. 

Oppidan Parent

Mother of 12-year-old boy

Our Oppidan Camp had amazing team leaders, was beautifully organised, had both delicious food and very well-judged activities. Thank you!

Anita Griggs

Headmistress of Falkner House School

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