Travel: Kid’s on bushcraft camp holiday with Camp Wilderness

We’ve all seen the coming of age US camp films where parents pack the kid’s off to camp for the summer. I worked as a sailing instructor for 3 seasons working on outdoor activity centres in the South of France and Spain. To me activity holidays are fantastic places for kids to learn new skills and make new friends. I was a brownie and a girl guide. I did the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at school. These are all fantastic organisations to develop inner confidence in childhood. When I saw the information for Camp Wilderness I knew that I wanted my kids to experience what it had to offer:

Camp Wilderness Takes Kids Back to Basics

Camp Wilderness

Leading outdoor education provider for the schools market, The Bushcraft Company, has launched Camp Wilderness ( – providing residential summer camps for children aged 7 to 15 at woodland centres in Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Kent.

With availability throughout the school summer holidays 2015, children can choose between 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day and Advanced 5-day summer camps. Each camp is split into two age groups: 7 – 11 and 11 – 15, and is run by teams of experienced outdoor leaders.

Offering an alternative to indoor activity centres that children use to entertain themselves, Camp Wilderness offers a real back-to-nature experience that shuns mod cons and technology in favour of wild camping in safari-style tented camps, cooking over open fires, and learning traditional bushcraft skills. Archery, wild swimming in lakes and tree climbing also add to adventure, and children are kept entertained from an open campfire breakfast at dawn to storytelling and marshmallows over the fire in the evening.

The Bushcraft Company believes going to summer camp is a right of passage for every child, and Camp Wilderness gives children the opportunity to have a real outdoor adventures in the wild during their summer holidays. With four outdoor centres at private woodland estates across the UK, Camp Wilderness provides a creative and exciting environment to learn new skills and try new activities.

The kids have been dropped off and we have all logged our thoughts feelings and expectations, including some thoughts from founder Alex McBarnet, who learned his bush crafting skills under the tutelage of bushcraft expert, Ray Mears.

While the kids are away then I can get all my work done and restore order to chaos….watch this space….


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