We have excellent facilities on site for Residential Visits. Brand new to 2020 is Camp Hill's Camp Kestrel Bell Tent Village situated in the heart of the 300-acre Estate which can accommodate for both large and smaller groups. The village is set out in a spacious yet self-contained location, which gives a beautiful community feel with fire pit and lit by festoon lighting. Neighbouring the site we have our large sports field, Safari Tent dining room and multi-use space, brand new toilet and shower facilities and teachers cabin. Camp Kestrel, therefore, creates a camping-style experience with the support of full facilities.
Activity programmes can be tailored to suit you, but a typical programme is set out below.
PM We have arrived! The young people get off the coach and start to settle in to their accommodation. We issue camp beds and bedding and our team support your staff and young people to settle into Camp Kestrel and unpack. This is followed by our site briefing and adventure walk, where young people learn map reading skills and then use them to navigate to various areas of the site to discover what is at that location and how it might be used during their visit.
Evening Team Spirit During the first evening, young people work in small teams to gather resources and create a giant picture of their team and the activities they are looking forward to over the next few days. This is then followed by time for the young people to start their personal residential visit diaries.
AM & PM The Big Challenge Young people will complete a series of challenges as a team, including elements of our treetops ropes course, climbing, bobsled push, low ropes and some of our many other team challenges. This is undertaken as a carousel, whereby teams will navigate around the site between the various activity stations, ensuring every team is able to participate in every activity and learn the skills associated with it.
Evening Camp Hill Party We spend the final evening of your residential celebrating the successes of the visit. Young people have the chance to show their talents in our mini Camp Hills Got Talent, followed by our very own Camp Hill Awards and celebration. Young people, staff and teams are highlighted for their personal achievements and everyone gets their Camp Hill graduation certificate! This is followed by time for the young people to complete their personal residential visit diaries and time to enjoy their final evening.
AM Leaving on a High! Our last morning allows the young people to shout about what they have learnt and make a giant leap into their future! Utilising our zipline, every young person has the opportunity to travel down the zipline for a great photo opportunity, whilst sharing their final feeling with the rest of the site.
Young people will also have the responsibility of working with their tent buddies, to pack their bags, tidy their tent and return their camp bed and bedding to our stores, helping to leave the site as they found it on their arrival.
High Ropes Tree Top Adventure Course
This unique experience combines a truly remarkable outdoor experience with delegates taking part in a tree top trek. The course grows in difficulty from the induction level through a series of exciting elements. They will be crossing wobbly logs, traversing wires using cows-tails and crashing through the forest canopy into cargo nets on a zip wire …the ultimate challenge is at the end of the course with the Sky Walk.
Your team are stranded on the wrong side of a minefield and have to negotiate the live bed of mines without hitting one.
The task is for the whole team to pass through the High Voltage grid without touching the wires. You must avoid any part of your body or clothing touching the high voltage wires. Once a team member has passed through a hole, that hole becomes closed. No other member may pass through it. Tricky challenge but lots of fun!
Your teams have been stranded on opposite sides of a lake deep in the woods (real not imagined!). Can you get the vital information across the floodwaters using only the equipment provided? Be careful there is a sting in the tail and contingency planning will be required!
A container of nuclear waste has been deposited in the woods. Your team is responsible for lifting the container of waste and depositing it in a safe housing. You can practice with your team but during the real event you will be blindfolded…you will rely completely on team communication to complete this task
Your team is faced with a large grid, across which there is one correct path. The team must find the correct path across the grid by trial and error, against the clock. There are strict penalties and rules with this great fun activity, not least of which is that the team are not allowed to talk or make any sound once the task has started! Not easy!
The challenge to earn the required points is for the team to build the highest possible tower using beer crates while suspended from the forest canopy. A truly adrenalising experience!
Crashed Plane Rescue Mission
A plane has crash landed in the middle of an island and there is an unexploded bomb. Everyone on the island has to get off – this is a race against the ticking time bomb….and a race against the team on the other side of the island!!!!! This activity utilises a real aeroplane and 12ft deep moat to negotiate. One of a kind and unique to Camp Hill.
The ideal warm up for everyone. Rope courses can be the ultimate challenge for groups and individuals. Low elements are 18” to 24” from the ground so it’s not scary at all. Delegates must work as a team in order to complete them successfully. They include; Swinging Logs, parallel Ropes, Burma Bridge, Vines, Scramble Nets, Wild Woosey, See-saw etc.
Your team have to be transported above the woodland floor using amongst other things barrels, a plank and a tyre suspended from the trees. The solution to the task is in the title - is your team up to the challenge?
The bridge you have to cross has been blown apart and needs to be re-constructed as a matter of urgency…however, the electronic conduit between each side needs to be completed in the exact mapped format to operate properly.
Can your team complete the section of wires without touching the ground? The teams use the ropes hanging from various positions and a nominated ‘spotter’ to assist in the crossing.
Nuclear Fuel Rods
Your team has been chosen to assist in a nuclear facility. Your challenge is to insert the fuel rods in their correct housings. The problem is that only one team member can make it into the chamber at a time and must communicate to the rest of the team how to progress with the challenge…the fuel rods are different lengths as are the housings….tricky one!
One of its kind! The official dry training track for the Olympians. With top class coaching, teams push a 2 or 4-man ‘Bob’ for the fastest time of the day. Requires controlled aggression, team power and co-ordinated speed. Although it may seem surprising, parallels are easily drawn with the work environment.
Whether you are an experienced rock climber or complete novice, why not try this spectacular discipline. At 40ft, our outdoor wall is one of the tallest in the UK. Exceed your expectations by climbing to the top, or as high as you can. The wall can accommodate six people climbing at any one time on both vertical and inclined slopes.
Using automatic belay devices climbers go head to head – fantastic spectator sport
Uncover the letters at different heights and solve the anagram – choose your height.
Plan a route and challenge your colleagues to a climb
Leap of Faith
For a real adrenalin rush, try climbing to the top of a 35ft telegraph pole, standing on a platform no larger than 1ft square and leaping for a Buoy (just in reach). Huge energy surrounds this activity, with support given as you literally step into the unknown.
These are replica Field Guns but made of wood. The team complete the obstacle course with the Field Guns and limbers, breaking down the guns where necessary to complete each section, which may be a limbo to get under, a high bar to get over, a narrow gate to get through, or a slalom to negotiate. Not only does the gun and its components have to get under or over the obstacles, but so do the team members. An exercise, which relies on the team to plan, communicate, support and work together.
Segway X2 Experience
Experience the unique feeling of riding one of our Segways. Segways are upright two wheel vehicles that guests stand on and using weight distribution only for speed and direction. Segways are great fun and can operate on a variety of terrains.
Archery or Crossbows
Can you consistently hit the ‘Gold’ and record the highest team score for the day? The Silver Arrow – an event which provides a fascinating insight into the techniques and equipment used in the Middle Ages.
If you don’t’ know, Footgolf is like golf, but kicking a football around the course rather than hitting a golf ball. This is highly addictive and seriously competitive…. Everyone can kick a football, right? So anyone can play Footgolf!
Our brand new course is a 9 hole course (played twice for 18 holes), and incorporates natural obstacles such as a pond, hedges etc.
This is the most adrenalising walk of your life as you clamber 40 feet up a climbing wall to the Sky Walk itself – a very wobbly wooden plank and wire bridge. Take in the amazing view for a moment before you launch yourself into the air on our “MegaZip” – 575ft of sheer adrenaline rush as everything becomes a blur as you reach hair raising speeds, before landing on the runway. One go is never enough!!!
Quad Agility Tests & Obstacle Course
Think you can handle an all-terrain quad bike or complete a slalom course in reverse? Then try this event and put your co-ordination skills to the test! Ages 6 Upwards
Adventure Playground & Shelter Building
Let out the Bear Grylls inside of you and get adventurous in our Adventure Playground complete with Shelter Building and bushcraft area. How good a shelter can you build? Tackle the obstacle course and see if you can complete it faster than your friends, and then have a chill out on the Monkey Nets. Fun for all ages.