What is the trip all about?Outback2basics is a small family run business based in a woodlands on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border. It has been operating for the last 5 years. We teach outdoor education and are passionate about encouraging children to use and respect their natural environment. We teach a mixture of Stone Age education and Bushcraft inspiring young people to be creative and enjoy the woodlands.
What happens if it rains?
Are there toilets on site?
Are there any risks involved?
Also, we always have a fire going. The fire is in a clear area, off ground with clear boundaries. The children are clearly shown how to walk around the outside of the fire area and given strict rules not to touch or interfere with the fire in any way unless asked. All lead staff have full first aid certificates and a full 1st aid kit is kept in an accessible area on site.
How many adults and staff will be present?
What qualifications do the O2B staff hold?
All of our staff have been fully trained by Outback2basics, have a full DBS check and are first aid qualified.
What do the activities entail?
On all over night courses we provide the food. We ask for the children to bring a packed lunch on the first day. We then supply all snacks, dinner and breakfast on a 24hr trip and the additional meals on extended trips. We cook simple, recognisable home cooked food. Don’t worry, NO WORM BURGERS, OR FORAGED MUSHROOM STEWS!!!!! We cook food such as spaghetti bolognese, pasta bakes, sausages and mash and vegetables. If your child has any allergies or food intolerances then please let us know and we will do whatever we can to cater for these children. If you have a child with lots of dislikes of certain foods then please bear this is mind and pack a few of their favourite foods with them. They will need lots of energy during our camps and whilst we aim to please everyone’s tastes with our home cooked nutritious food we are aware that not everyone likes the same food. Please do not fill their bags with sweets and chocolate to fill up at night time as this only makes them hyper and active before bed. We reserve the right to confiscate this kind of snack in the interest of a calm and positive atmosphere in camp in the evening - to be handed back at the end of camp.
What do they eat
The children will be sleeping in single sex group tents unless they are particularly keen to sleep in shelters they have made which have been safety tested and agreed with staff. We quite often throw a tarp over these shelters before bed just to make sure they stay dry in case of rain.
Where do they sleep?
School staff will have their own staff tent clearly located so the children know where to find them. Outback2basics staff make sleeping arrangements to maintain at least one member of staff to remain ‘on –call’ throughout the night. Some children choose to get up when they feel a little home sick and we welcome these children to sit with us a while around the fire until they feel secure enough to go back to their tent. The site is lit with lanterns which also clearly light the toilets.
Where do the adults/teachers sleep?
Our woodlands are part of a large estate. We share the woodlands with Fishermen who are members of the Bradford Rural Estate fishing club. The fishermen are only there during the day and it is rare that we see anyone. Our site is based some distance away from the lake. The woodlands are secured by a locked gate throughout the day and night. Our area of woodlands is nestled down a track and remains a very private area.
How secure are the woodlands?
Our part of the woodlands can be accessed by car down a woodland track. The Outback2basics 4X4 remains on site in case of emergencies. Emergency services can access us via the woodland track.
What do you do in case of emergency?
We have clear emergency procedures and all our staff have been trained in case of an emergency. We have a full first aid kit on site and all of our lead staff are First Aid qualified.
Do you ever cancel sessions?Working outdoors we are susceptible to the elements and on some occasions we will have to postpone sessions. If the winds are 20mph or more and if it is gusting 35mph or more sessions cannot go ahead in our woods due to the safety of our group. We can cancel on the morning of the session but try to make contact the day before. Our protocol is to head out to the woods and see the effect of the wind then report back.
- Sleeping bag
- Roll matt
- Toiletries (spare batteries)
- Spare change of clothes (Please, no shorts)
- Old clothes for ‘messy activities’
- Warm jumper
- Hat (Light hat - protection from sun in warmer months/ woollen hat - recommended for night time)
- Blanket – Recommended
- Extra socks (thick socks for sleeping recommended)
- Rain jacket
- Rain trousers – Recommended
- Insect repellent (warmer months essential)
- Sun screen (warmer months essential)
- Packed lunch for first day
- Drinking bottle
- Any medication needed (To be handed to teaching staff on arrival)