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Only you know the right time for your child. However, in our experience, the younger the child, the easier the transition.
No – most children come to camp not knowing anyone and some children actually say it’s easier to make new friends when they don’t know anyone from home.
Campers are split into three main age groups for accommodation and activities – 7-11 years, 12-15 years and 16-17 years. However, if siblings (of the same sex) would like to share accommodation or if you feel that your child would prefer to be with a younger or older age group, this can sometimes be arranged. Please call us to discuss the options.
There’s a Camp Beaumont adventure for every child – whether it’s their first time away from home and they’re a bit nervous or whether they think they’re too cool for camp. Take a look at our camp pages to decide which one is right for your child.
Over the years we’ve learned that the best way for campers to make a smooth transition to life away from home is to be busy from morning until night, caught up in a programme that’s dynamic, engrossing and fun. Some children get stuck in right away, others take a little more time – but our team are practiced at encouraging children to join in and make friends, making the first-time camper’s experience a fun-filled adventure.
We do our best to keep campers together where we can – just let us know who they want to share with when you send us your forms. Dorms are arranged by age, gender and type of holiday so it’s not possible for brothers and sisters to share.
Each camp has a Welfare Manager and team who are great at turning tears to smiles and encouraging children to join in. If our staff have any concerns about your child’s welfare they’ll contact you. Equally if you have any worries, feel free to get in touch.
We recommend you give your child a few days to settle in before contacting them. But if you do need to get in touch, you can email us – or if you prefer to phone, call the camp by midday Monday to Thursday to arrange a suitable time for an evening call.
They can – but in case of loss, theft or damage and to help prevent homesickness, we recommend that they don’t. We can’t accept responsibility for phones and they must not be used during activities, meal times or after children have retired for the night.
We offer fresh, delicious, balanced and varied menus with loads of choices at every meal. We encourage campers to try new things and even get most of them to go for the salads! Please let us know about any special requirements before arrival.
We’ll send you a packing list once you’ve booked. We recommend you leave iPods, mobile phones, mp3 players, laptops etc. at home as we can’t look after them and they’re not covered by our insurance. Children should bring their own suitable outerwear, such as a good waterproof anorak or kagoul, waterproof trousers, footwear and casual clothes, including full-length trousers and long-sleeve t-shirts. There’s no need for expensive or brand name clothes that are easily lost or damaged either. We provide all the specialist safety kit needed for our activities.
We offer a laundry service specifically for children staying at camp for longer than one week.
We recommend your child brings up to £10 per day. We have a small shop on camp, with souvenirs and a selection of snacks and drinks. We also offer a ‘bank’ style facility where campers can keep their money safe, withdrawing a little each day to spend in the shop on gifts or snacks, or on day trips and excursions.
If you’d like to top up your child’s funds, just call us on 0800 655 6560 to make a credit card payment. Please be aware there’s a £5 administration fee for this.
Of course. You should drop them off between 3pm and 5pm on their first day and pick them up between 9am and 11am at the end of camp. Please note that early arrival or late collection may result in additional charges. Day camps are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with sessions running from 9.30am to 4.30pm. We also offer extended days from 8am to 6pm for an additional charge.
On occasion we like children to explore the local area – this could be an escorted walk to a nearby village or National Park or games on the beach. Children are not allowed to swim in the sea unless on our Watersports holidays under the watchful eye of fully-qualified beach lifeguards. If you don’t want your child to go on any of these excursions and you’d prefer they remained at camp please let us know.
While campers are out enjoying the activities we lock the accommodation buildings – but if your child needs to get something from their dorm, their Group Leader can let them in.
Each day camp takes place on school premises and residential camps are held at our own centres, so all camps are purpose-designed for children and young people. Every site benefits from well-defined boundaries and secure entrances. All adults must wear a Camp Beaumont pass when at camp. Residential camps have dedicated night patrol teams.
We have stringent health and safety procedures in place for all on-site activities and off-site excursions. You can be confident that these are upheld at all times – we’re regularly inspected by local authorities, industry groups and government bodies as well as carrying out internal audits and risk assessments. All staff undergo Criminal Records Bureau checks and receive regular first aid training.
All specialist equipment (conforming to British or European standards) is supplied by the centre, as are approved buoyancy aids and lifejackets, which must be worn for all watersports. At Camp Beaumont we are continually updating our safety equipment to reflect current best practices.
Our day camps are subject to annual Ofsted inspections, covering everything from staff qualifications and equipment to health and hygiene policies. Please visit www.ofsted.gov.uk to read the reports – we’re proud of the results.
Our residential camps don’t come under Ofsted but are inspected by the British Activity Holiday Association (www.baha.org.uk), an industry body, and by the government’s Adventure Activities Licensing Service (www.aals.org.uk).
All camps comply with the 2004 Children Act.
It’s rare that we can’t host a child so please call us to discuss the details before booking. The more information we have in advance, the better we can confirm suitability or arrange appropriate care. We reserve the right to send a child home immediately at the parent’s expense with no refund if we believe their behaviour adversely affects the enjoyment of another camper or impacts the safety or welfare of anyone else.
We have a Code of Conduct – you’ll receive a copy in your welcome pack and you and your child should sign and return this before arrival. Campers are also made aware of any camp rules upon arrival and reminded of these where appropriate throughout the stay.
It varies according to age, with lights out usually at 9.30 for younger children going up to 11pm for older campers. Once our team have got everyone to bed (sometimes easier said than done!) our night duty team take over, making sure everyone settles down. Security teams also monitor the accommodation areas throughout the night.
Campers wash and shower daily. We supervise younger campers for teeth cleaning and hair brushing with older campers receiving a gentle reminder when needed.
There’s so much on offer that we can’t guarantee campers can try absolutely everything – but we fit in as much as we possibly can.
Yes – as long as there are still spaces on their chosen holiday and you’re happy to pay the difference.
Our excursions take place on certain days and times to fit with the rest of camp and the venue opening times, so there can sometimes be an overlap. Your child can choose to miss part of their chosen activity to go on an excursion but we won’t be able to offer you a refund.
Yes – just call us to arrange a guided tour of any of our camps.
The consumption of alcohol is not permitted either on centre or off-site and campers are not permitted to purchase alcohol off-site. Any camper breaking this rule will be asked to leave immediately at the expense of their parent or guardian.
Whilst we strongly discourage smoking, we do have designated outdoor smoking areas. These can only be used by 16 and 17 year olds whose parents have given permission on their medical form before arrival. Anyone smoking outside authorised areas may be sent home immediately at the parent’s expense.
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It's brilliant, safe and confidence boosting! I would recommend to any parent.Nicola Holliday, Parent