YEAR 8 - ADVENTURE TRAINING CAMP
The aim of the camp is to introduce pupils to adventurous outdoor activities and camp craft skills and to deliver a program of personal and team development activities. Some of the pupils may have experienced camping before; however, for many it is a new adventure. Personal development and team building qualities are encouraged throughout the activities. All students will take part in a variety of training activities including Archery, Orienteering, climbing, Caving, Bush Craft, Canoeing and Team Building.
A suggested kit list is available at https://www.patesgsoed.org/year-8-camp-kit-list
The year group will attend camp as follows:
8B & 8G 12-14 June 20
8P & 8R 15-17 June 20
8Y 18-20 June 20
Pupils will leave school at 4pm on the date of departure and the expected return to school will be 5pm on the date of return. Note this may be subject to delay due to traffic.
For the activities, the groups will be further split into sections of a maximum of 15 in each section and a member of staff will accompany each section throughout the activities.
The location is Biblins Youth Campsite
The Doward, Whitchurch
The camp’s quiet time is 10pm-7am and we ask parents to ensure that pupils are well aware of this as we as a group have an obligation to abide by the camp rules and we do not want to jeopardise our ability to book the campsite in future years.
The following subjects will be covered throughout the camp:
a. Country code.
b. Safety in the hills and emergency procedures.
c. Basic navigation skills/Orienteering.
d. Climbing skills.
e. Canoe introduction.
f. Bushcraft skills
g. Archery co-ordination, patience& focus
h. Caving skills
i. Personal development and confidence building.
j. Group leadership skills.
MEDICAL AND INSURANCE
All medical information will be held by a member of staff with the First Aid pack at an agreed central point for each group activity. Students are encouraged to be responsible for their own medication.
All members of staff hold a current First Aid Qualification.
For any emergencies that cannot be dealt with by the staff, the nearest A&E hospital is located in either:
Ross on Wye Community Hospital, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Alton Street, HR9 5AD
01989 562100- 6.56 miles (Minor Injuries Only 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday)
Gloucester Royal, Great Western Road, Great Western Road, GL1 3NN
0300 422 2222 -18.31 miles (Full A&E)
A copy of these details will also be held in the central First Aid kit.
All activities have been checked to ensure that they are covered under the school insurance scheme.
RISK ASSESSMENTS & CHILD WELFARE
A Risk Assessment (RA) for the week has been carried out on the basis that all participants wear the protective helmets supplied for all climbing, caving and canoeing activities. If your child cannot wear a helmet for any reason we must be advised on the online registration form or in writing at least two months before the camp in order to have time to make amendments to the activity.
All instructors are responsible for carrying out their own ‘on-site’ assessments throughout the period.
All adults participating in the camp have a current DBS.
A contribution of £185 is requested from each student and all payments are to be made via School Gateway. In cases of financial difficulties, please contact Mrs Jane Jowett or the Head of Year 8 to discuss. To sign up please use the electronic form on the OED website at www.patesgsoed.org. Registration will close on 3 April 2020 with the final date for payment being 30 April 2020.