Skern Lodge - Parent's Info

Get ready for your child’s adventure of a lifetime!

Skern Lodge, Appledore, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 1NG

We are counting down the days to welcome your child on their summer adventure with Camp Beaumont at Skern Lodge. We will be bringing all the fun of Camp Beaumont and our team of wonderfully caring and supportive coaches down to North Devon to join forces with the highly qualified instructors at our sister company, Skern Lodge, to deliver this adrenaline fuelled, grin inducing summer camp adventure on the coast. With transport included from London, warm meals, comfortable lodging and exceptional watersports and adventure facilities, this welcome pack will outline what your child can expect, and importantly, what you should pack!

If you do have any further questions following this welcome pack, please get in touch with the brilliant team at Skern Lodge by calling 01237 475992 or emailing skern@skernlodge.co.uk

Itinerary Week A: Sunday 8th - Friday 13th August

Sunday (Arrive by 5pm)

Evening
Night walk to the beach. On this local walk your child will get to know the local area and all about their exciting week ahead and all the locations they will be using during the week. We will also run brilliant ice breaker games and our group will have lots of time to bond. 

Monday

AM
Rafting - Our Coastal Explorers will take an inflatable raft trip along the River Torridge – Tidal water, not white water.

PM
They’ll take part in a team based assault course and have a go at archery.

Evening
Pool kayak - which will give our group an opportunity to develop some skills and play some games before going on the river.

Tuesday

AM
We will be going on a sea shore trail to explore the coast and rock pools at Westward Ho!

PM
An afternoon of land-based adventure with high ropes, balance beams, scramble nets and perhaps a jump for the trapeze (if they feel they want to), before zipping across the field on our zip line.

Evening
We will be exploring the grounds together with a map and an orienteering challenge.

Wednesday

Hartland Exploration. We will spend the day scrambling, walking and climbing around a very rocky coastal peninsula, exploring large rock pools and discovering great rock formations.

Evening
A bushcraft evening of camp craft and shelter building with lessons in how to start fires without matches.

Thursday

AM
We’re going powerboating and crabbing. Your child will have the chance to ride and drive in the RIB, plus, they can try to catch crabs from the quay with a crabbing line.

PM
Surfing - a great opportunity to enjoy the Atlantic swells, choose to learn to stand up or just body board, both are superb fun!

Evening
Skern Lodge Olympics! A bit of fun competition with team games on the games field. 

Friday

AM
River kayaking (they’ll be pros after their pool kayaking session) - we will journey along the River Torridge

PM
Depart at 1pm

Sunday (Arrive by 5pm)

Evening
A wonderful ice-breaker activity, Pool Olympics! Loads of fun in the pool.

Monday

AM
We’ll be shooting some arrows with Archery and then onto a team Assault Course; another great chance to get to know one another.

PM
Surfing. This will be our first trip out to Westward Ho! Beach to catch some waves.

Evening
Surf talk on a walk. We will be walking in the local country park and taking the opportunity to talk about tides, wave formation and other surf related topics.

Tuesday

AM
Climb and Abseil. In this session we will explore your agility, balance and coordination, all of which are core components of a successful climber. Of course what goes up must comedown, so each climb finishes with an abseil or assisted lower.

PM
Body Boarding. The fun filled approach to conventional stand up surfing applies the use of waves as energy, timing and technique.

Evening
Quay Jump. Tides are perfect for leaping off the quay in Appledore. Who can make the biggest splash!

Wednesday

AM
High Ropes. An adrenalin filled session taking the high life on our ropes course on the centre

PM
Surfing. It’s back to the beach to further develop your surfing skills.

Evening
An evening of having lots of zip lining fun.

Thursday

AM
River Kayak. Take a journey on the River Torridge

PM
Surf and Surf Ski. Take those paddle skills further and use them in the surf, this time riding the waves sitting down.

Evening
A relaxing evening around the campfire.

Friday

AM
Surfing. The last chance to ride those waves and bring all those skills together.

PM
Depart at 1pm

Itinerary Week B: Sunday 15th - Friday 20th August

Sunday (Arrive by 5pm)

Evening
Night walk to the beach. On this local walk your child will get to know the local area and all about their exciting week ahead and all the locations they will be using during the week. We will also run brilliant ice breaker games and our group will have lots of time to bond.

Monday

AM
Powerboating and Crabbing. A chance to ride and drive in the RIB and try and catch crabs from the quay with a crabbing line.

PM
Surfing. A great opportunity to enjoy the Atlantic swells, choose to learn to stand up or just body board, both are superb fun!

Evening
We will be exploring the grounds together with a map and an orienteering challenge.

Tuesday

AM
We will be going on a sea shore trail to explore the coast and rock pools at Westward Ho!

PM
Rafting. We’ll be taking an inflatable raft trip along the River Torridge – Tidal water, not white water.

Evening
Skern Lodge Olympics. A super fun evening of competitive team games on the field.

Wednesday

AM
Climb and Abseil. Explore your agility, balance and coordination, all of which are core components of a successful climber. Of course what goes up must come down, so each climb finishes with an abseil or assisted lower.

PM
River Kayak. We’ll be going on a journey along the River Torridge.

Evening
Camp Craft and Shelter Build. We will be building shelters and small fires started without matches.

Thursday

Hartland Exploration. A day spent scrambling, walking and climbing around a very rocky coastal peninsula, exploring large rock pools and discovering great rock formations.

Evening
Pool Kayak. An opportunity to further those skills introduced on the on the river. 

Friday

AM
Assault Course and Archery.

PM
Depart at 1pm

Sunday (Arrive by 5pm)

Evening
A wonderful ice-breaker activity, Pool Kayak. An opportunity to develop some skills and bond before you take to the river.

Monday

AM
Surfing. Our first trip out to Westward Ho! Beach to catch some waves

PM
Climb and Abseil. Explore your agility, balance and coordination, all of which are core components of a successful climber. Of course what goes up must come down, so each climb finishes with an abseil or assisted lower.

Evening
Surf talk on a walk. A walk in the local country park taking the opportunity to talk about tides, wave formation and other surf related topics.

Tuesday

AM
Body Boarding. A fun filled approach to conventional stand up surfing applies the use of waves as energy, timing and technique.

PM
High Ropes and Crate Stacking. An adrenalin filled session taking the high life on our ropes course on the centre.

Evening
Skern Lodge Olympics. Enjoy an evening of fun competitive team games.

Wednesday

AM
It’s back to the beach to further develop your surfing skills.

PM
Rafting. We’ll be taking an inflatable raft trip along the River Torridge – Tidal water, not white water.

Evening
An evening of having lots of zip lining fun.

Thursday

AM
Surf Ski. Take those surfing skills further and use them on a surf ski, this time riding the waves sitting down.

PM
River Kayak. Take a journey on the River Torridge.

Evening
A relaxing evening around the campfire.

Friday

AM
Surfing. The last chance to ride those waves and bring all those skills together.

PM
Depart at 1pm

Transport & how to find us

Skern Lodge, Appledore, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 1NG

Travelling by coach

Coach transport is included as part of our adventure package. If you would like to reserve a seat for your child, please ensure you pre-book by contacting us at skern@skernlodge.co.uk or calling 01237 475 992.

Please note, coach timings may be subject to small changes. We will confirm seven days prior to departure.

Week A: Sunday 8th August 2021
Week B: Sunday 15th August 2021

Mill Hill School, Mill Hill

The entrance of Mill Hill School, Mill Hill, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1QS (the bus will be located outside the school main car park) 

Please arrive by 10:30am for registration. Please also pack a lunch box, snacks and drinks for your child for their journey.
(Coach leave at 11am)

Arrives at Skern Lodge at approx 5:30pm


Kings College School, Wimbledon

The entrance of Kings College School, Southside, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon, London SW19 4TT (the bus will be located Southside Wimbledon Common – opposite the main entrance to King’s College School)

Please arrive by 12pm for registration. Please also pack a lunch box (if your child hasn't already eaten), snacks and drinks for your child for their journey.
(Coach leave at 12:30pm)

Arrives at Skern Lodge at approx 5:30pm

Week A: Friday 13th August 2021
Week B: Friday 20th August 2021

Mill Hill School, Mill Hill

The entrance of Mill Hill School, Mill Hill, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1QS (the bus will be located outside the school main car park) 

Arrives at Mill Hill School at approx 7pm

If we expect to be delayed in traffic or arriving slightly ahead of schedule, our camp team will send you a text message update.

Departs from Skern Lodge at 1pm


Kings College School, Wimbledon

The entrance of Kings College School, Southside, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon, London SW19 4TT (the bus will be located Southside Wimbledon Common – opposite the main entrance to King’s College School)

Arrives at Kings College School at approx 6pm

If we expect to be delayed in traffic or arriving slightly ahead of schedule, our camp team will send you a text message update.

Departs from Skern Lodge at 1pm

Travelling by car

Either follow satnav directions for EX39 1NG, or:

  • After the A39 / A386 roundabout near Bideford, pass The Durrant House Hotel
  • Turn right toward Appledore, on Churchill Way
  • Continue through Appledore village, along the quay, and leave the village behind
  • 400m after the last houses, Skern Lodge is clearly marked on the left
Travelling by train

The nearest station is Barnstaple, 10 miles taxi or bus. Tiverton Parkway station is at M5 Junction 27.

Camper Information Forms

Looking after your child

Your child is in safe hands with us. Camp Beaumont and Skern Lodge, as part of the Inspiring Learning family, acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements.

Safe Recruiting

We operate a very strict recruitment process ensuring all necessary checks are completed to ensure all employees are suitable to work with children. All job offers issued are subject to two satisfactory references from a previous employer, teacher or lecturer and a Disclosure Baring Service (DBS) check. Should the candidates references or DBS check not satisfy the Camp Beaumont guidelines then the offer of employment will be withdrawn at this point.

Throughout employment all staff and management are subject to regular observations to monitor performance and extra training where required to ensure staff are maintaining outstanding levels of safeguarding processes.

Speak Up, Speak Out

We ensure that our Designated Safeguarding Lead is at hand at all times if a child has any concerns. Our ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ logos appear on the badges of all our trained team members. While young campers are in our care we encourage openness, we’re qualified to listen and we encourage expression – we can either help our campers seek an appropriate route or point them in the right direction for assistance.

Our Safeguarding Policy

Safety Comes First

We ensure that our Designated Safeguarding Lead is at hand at all times if a child has any concerns. Our ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ logos appear on the badges of all our trained team members. While young campers are in our care we encourage openness, we’re qualified to listen and we encourage expression – we can either help our campers seek an appropriate route or point them in the right direction for assistance.

Our Covid Policy

Camp Kit

To avoid home clothes getting muddy or worn, we offer camp hoodies, t-shirts, baseball caps, a camp rucksack, water bottles and wristbands.

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Frequently asked Questions

What qualifications do instructors have?

All instructors are fully trained in the activities they deliver. All hold a first aid qualification, are signed off as competent and are regularly monitored to ensure the highest levels of safety and delivery standards are met. We also follow national governing body guidelines and fully comply with Activity Licensing regulations to ensure the correct staff are delivering the activities for which they are qualified.

What if my child gets home sick? 

We find with a very busy schedule, children have less problems with home sickness. Generally when they have the chance to call home and hear your voice, this is when they can have issues. But as soon as they put down the phone, they are off doing the next great adventure, leaving you upset and worried about how you last heard from them. We’re not saying don’t call but keep communication short or rely on text messages to keep up to date.

If there is a serious issue with your child, don’t worry we will be in touch straight away.

If you don’t plan on sending your child with a mobile phone, then you can contact them via the Skern Lodge office, which is open from 8.45am - 5pm on the following number 01237 475992.

Who will make sure my child goes to bed at a reasonable hour? 

The Camp Beaumont team will be on-site and close by to ensure that all children are safe and secure in their accommodation and that lights are out at 10pm for the 8 - 11 years programme and 10.30pm for the 12 - 14 years programme. Of course we can’t stop the chit chat, but the busy schedule will soon have them dropping off as soon as their head hits the pillow.

Will my child be made to do every activity? 

Certainly not. Our adventures are about positive outcomes. No one will be made to do an activity they do not want to but equally we will encourage you to have a go. Skern Lodge is a great place to learn more about yourself and to achieve more than you thought you could.

For more FAQs and more general information for parents, please visit www.skernlodge.co.uk/summercamps 

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