We bring the very best school camps to you
Getting your school camp just right can be hard, but we can make it easy. By running a high-quality, accredited school camp within the grounds of your school, laying on the most engaging activities, and providing outstanding instructors, we can give you and your students the adventure experience of a lifetime.
School camps run by The Outdoors People are perfect for primary schools. Our activities are pitched according to the age of the children and we structure our camp programmes with built-in flexibility so that the students and the school staff have time to enjoy the camping experience.
We offer 24 hour Classic Camps throughout the summer and autumn and also have a specially adapted Winter Camp to allow us to over exciting residentials year round.
Scroll down to learn more about our summer Classic Camps or click here learn more about our Winter Residentials.
Why do schools choose our camps?
“The school’s ‘WOW’ moments are one example of the school’s commitment to providing pupils with inspirational and awe-inspiring events, such as a whole year group camping on the school field.”
"This is a truly fantastic opportunity for everyone involved, the ethos of the camp really supported our school values of belonging, resilience, assurance, independence and no-limits! I saw so many of these being demonstrated by children and staff alike! A great reminder of why I chose to be a teacher in the first place!"
Average 4.9 stars out of 5 in reviews from schools
Eat bugs, start fires, put up your own tents, make hot chocolate from mud, sing at the campfire, eat marshmallows, outrun the kin-ball... Survive and more!
We provide a full 24-hour camping experiences for primary schools. While we're careful to build some space into our programme so that the children have time to absorb and appreciate the experience, the rest of the day is filled with a wide range of engaging, exciting and educational activities with defined learning outcomes.
Defined Educational Outcomes
We specifically developed our programmes and activities to allow young people to learn and grow and we detail the ways our camps link to the National Curriculum. We also provide resources to help schools transfer what was learned back into their lesson planning.
Each of our activities comes with defined key learning outcomes and uses a structured learning and reviewing approach.
Depending on the programme you build with us, your children will learn about history, social awareness, the environment, sociology, geography, nutrition and physical education.
Develop Key Life Skills
Our programmes are tailored to focus on life-skills such as communication, listening, self-esteem, co-operation and leadership.
Children build and take down their own tents, take responsibility for their belongings, learn about cooking, work together to complete complex tasks and more.
Most importantly our instructors are passionate about inspiring a love of life-long-learning in your students.
We only use trained and experienced instructors and our superb team have delivered the very best adventure education all around the globe.
We make all of our risk assessments freely available to schools on our website and we undertake a detailed annual review of all our policies alongside ongoing risk assessment.
Because our programmes happen within school grounds, the children and your staff team are always within an environment that they know well and are never far from home.
All of this results in an outstanding safety record that we are very proud of.
Tailor made and inclusive
When schools book a camp with us, they are given the opportunity to tell us all about their ideal experience. We build our programme around your school day and adapt our activities to your desired learning outcomes.
Our programmes are built to be flexible and we'll always work to accommodate both your needs and your student's requirements. Want a whole new activity with defined learning outcomes just for your school? Just ask!
By having adaptable programmes and activities and delivering our camps within school grounds, we're able to create adventures that allow everyone to take part.
Exceptional Value and Exceptionally easy!
Because we come to you, most of the costs and hard work associated with a school residential are immediately minimised.
With prices starting at just £40 per person, or just £34 per person for our winter camps, our school camp programmes cost much less than a residential experience and there's no need to arrange transport.
The demands on the free time of staff and volunteers are massively reduced and parents have the peace of mind that comes from knowing their children are just around the corner.
What happens on our camps?
Most schools choose a 3 pm to 3 pm camp but we also offer 9 am to 9 am camps as well as shorter or longer camps.
Before your camp, we work with you to build a bespoke programme of activities. You can learn much more about what your camp might look like and involve on our Activities For Schools page.
What WE provide
Our stunning canvas bell tents for the whole camp.
Wood for the campfire.
All the activities and equipment.
Highly trained instructors at a ratio of 1:15.
Sleeping mats for the children (and airbeds for the teachers!)
Hot drinks for staff during the campfire.
For the ultimate camping experience, we can bring Adventure Ration Packs for the evening meal that the students prepare themselves!
What your school provides
Excited children that are ready to learn and have fun!
Happy teachers that are ready to support their students (bug eating optional!).
Unless you ask us to bring Adventure Ration Packs, your school is in charge of food (preferably not bugs!) for the camp, for your teachers and for our staff team.
Children bring their own sleeping bags
24hr access to toilets & wash facilities