Read our latest statement regarding Oakes Camps and COVID-19

Day Camps

While in lockdown, we are unable to offer camps of any kind, but we hope to offer day camps (see below) as soon as we can. Please see our latest statement for more information.

If you are planning on joining us for a day camp under Tier 3 (or lower) restrictions, this page should tell you everything you need to know.

Booking

  • For open camps, please see our camp list and book online as usual (or join the waiting list if full)
  • If you are coming with a school or youth group, please ask your group organiser for the booking link.

Programme

On the day we will have a packed schedule including two activity slots. For one we will take on the Ropes Course (excluding for rope bridge and mud swing). The other will be a choice between RC Cars and the Bouldering Wall.

We will aim to run as much of the programme outdoors as possible. Many parts of the house, including the cellar, the games room and the showers, will not be in use. There will also be no tuck shop.

The “Main Event” will, however, take place indoors, as well as the packed lunch (see below), and there will be access to toilet and hand washing facilities throughout the day.

Arrivals and Departure

Check in will happen on the pathway half-way between the car park and the house. Only campers will be allowed beyond this point.

We will be arranging staggered arrival and departure times for campers. Please arrive as close to the indicated time as possible, and please observe government guidelines regarding social distancing between family units.

At the end of the day, please wait in the main car park and we will bring your campers to you.

What to Bring

  • Food will not be provided, so please bring a packed lunch and a refillable water bottle that is clearly named.
  • Wrap up warm and waterproof on the day (as we’ll spend a lot of time outside) with suitable shoes for doing games and activities.
  • Bring some spare clothes, just in case (showers are not available, though)
  • A second pair of shoes for wearing indoors
  • Medication, if required (to be handed in on arrival, unless you are coming with a school or youth group in which case your leaders will handle your medication).

COVID-19 Considerations

For camps with over 15 campers, we will split into two non-mixing bubbles, with our facilities cleaned throughout the day by a dedicated cleaning team to avoid any cross-contamination.

Campers aged 11+ will need to bring a face mask to wear whenever they are indoors. Younger campers are welcome to wear a face covering if they wish.

Hand sanitizer will be readily available around the house and applied regularly and there will be regular hand washing times throughout the day.

We encourage campers to wear outdoor gloves while outside to keep hands warm and add an extra layer of protection. A free pair of gloves will be available on arrival for this purpose.

We’ve prepared a short video for you to watch with your child that outlines some of the safety procedures that will be in place.

For more information, see our COVID-19 “return to camps” risk assessment