International summer camp FAQ’s
We aim to ensure that your child takes part in as wide a range of activities as possible. The programme is planned in advance. Please note that minimum numbers are normally required for each activity session to proceed and that off-site activities may only operate on certain fixed days of the week.
All of the children at Mountain Adventure Camps enjoy languages, sports and adventure activities together, irrespective of age. It may be necessary to split children into groups for specific activities, but wherever possible this will be kept to a minimum. We feel that this helps preserve our home-from-home environment and enables everyone to get to know one another properly.
Children of a similar age are put together for accommodation arrangements. As our sleeping arrangements are single sex, it is not possible for brothers and sisters to share rooms.
Consumption of alcohol by campers is banned. In France campers who are 16 and over are, legally speaking, able to consume beer and wine. However, the consumption of alcohol on or off site is banned. Campers who break this rule will be excluded from the holiday and collection will be at the expense of parents/guardians.
All bedding and towels are supplied.
We want to inspire children into a healthier lifestyle and to support this we provide three healthy, homemade, high-energy meals per day, with plenty of variety, supporting the 5-a-day campaign as well as reducing added salt, sugar and fat. Vegetarian alternatives can always be provided at camp and we accommodate all special diets on medical or religious grounds.
Contacting Your Child
Of course, for some children, being away from home may initially be a little stressful. This is natural and only to be expected – even adults can experience ‘homesickness’! In the vast majority of cases, a day or two of getting to know new friends and being involved in exciting activities will dispel all but the most persistent worries.
You will be kept informed if there are any persistent problems.
After the afternoon’s activity and before dinner, we have a ‘shower hour’. This provides the children with an hour or so of downtime, allowing them to make or receive telephone calls or emails.
Living alongside and mixing with other children is a valuable part of the camp experience and we try to ensure that no one feels left out. Every member of camp has an equal right to enjoy themselves and we keep a close check on teasing, bullying or any other anti-social behaviour that may spoil an individual’s enjoyment. This rarely becomes a problem, but please tell your children that if they feel they are being picked on, they should inform their Group Leader or any other member of staff immediately.
When necessary, we will be firm with children who are jeopardising the enjoyment of others. If problem behaviour is persistent or serious, we will contact the parent or guardian to decide on further action. Please note it may on occasion be necessary to contact parents/guardians during unsociable hours. We reserve the right to send any child home immediately at parent/guardians’ expense and to charge for any additional costs incurred. No refunds will be considered for any children sent home for behavioural reasons. Children will be asked to pay for any damage caused by willful behaviour to any owned or leased property. Please ensure you have read our booking conditions.
We provide all the specialist equipment that is essential for our activities; children do need to bring personal items such as a good waterproof anorak, footwear and casual clothes. We ensure that children are kitted out with activity equipment that conforms to British or European standards. Approved buoyancy aids are provided and must be worn and safety craft are always on patrol or standing by during watersports sessions. Abseilers and climbers are always protected by safety ropes. During skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking activities campers must wear protective helmets and gloves. As we continually update our equipment to reflect current best practices, equipment used may differ from that shown in photographs.
You don’t need any previous experience to enjoy our activities. Our staff are able and ready to instruct children of all standards of competence from novice to proficient. A reasonable level of fitness is required though.
Fire Safety Drill
All children are made aware of safety procedures and shown exits and assembly points before they go to bed on their first night at camp. There is also a weekly fire drill.
It is our role to get everyone to bed reasonably on time – sometimes easier said than done! Once ‘lights out’ has been called the night duty staff take over. They reassure the anxious, encourage the high spirited to settle down and continue their vigil until all is quiet. Centre doors are locked, although these can be opened from the inside in case of emergency.
Off-site Activities & Excursions
Some of the activities and evening entertainment may take place off-site. If you do not want your child to take part in any off site activities or excursions please make this clear at the time of booking.
Whilst Group Leaders are responsible for taking care of the children outside of activity session times it is really a responsibility shared among all of the staff and they will encourage the regular use of soap and toothpaste. However all children are expected to take an element of personal responsibility for showering and cleaning their teeth during their holiday.
Even the liveliest children feel tired after a full day of activities followed by evening entertainment, so we insist on sensible bedtimes for children to ensure that everyone gets a good night’s rest. Exact times may vary, but are usually around 21.00 for 7 – 11’s, 21.30 for 11 – 15’s & 22.00 16’s & 17’s.
Smoking is not allowed and campers who break this rule will be excluded from the camp and collection will be at the expense of parents/guardians.
Children are supervised at all times and no child is allowed off site unless accompanied by a member of staff.