Venturer Summer Camp FAQs

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What happened to our original plan?

As the restrictions that will apply to youth activities in August have yet to be confirmed, we have taken the difficult decision to change our plans based on the available information about the likely guidance that we will need to follow.

The most significant change from what we were expecting is the need for participants to be in separate bubbles with strictly limited numbers, contact between different bubbles whilst at the camp being prohibited. One of the main benefits of residential activities for Venturers is the opportunity to meet young people from across the UK, make new friends and new connections. The likely limits on bubble sizes would impair these opportunities, resulting in an experience that will not meet Venturers’ needs and expectations.

It is therefore proposed that staff and volunteers stage a series of Venturer residentials that will take place concurrently at Woodcraft Folk centres across the country.

When are the camps?

Each of the camps will take place from 7 to 13 August.

Where will the camps be taking place?

Subject to demand, Venturer camps/residentials will take place at Woodcraft Folk’s centres and campsites:

  • One or more bubbles at Biblins (camping)
  • One bubble at Cudham (bunkhouse)

How do we book? How do we choose our location?

We will be contacting Venturer group coordinators shortly to ask them to express interest in these events. We will ask them to consult their young members and choose their top preferred destinations (whether based on proximity, ease of access or any other factors). We will use these expressions of interest and preferences to match groups together to create bubbles of the required size.

How much does it cost?

£100 per person. This covers accommodation, food and activities, but does not include transport to camp.

How many people are you expecting? Will numbers be limited?

We expect guidance from the National Youth Agency to restrict numbers of participants, hence the change from our original plans.

We currently expect the size of a bubble for residential activities to be restricted to 30 people (including both young people and adults), though this could change when updated guidance is issued to youth organisations, which we expect to happen in mid-June. Plans for these events will be amended to ensure that they are compliant with the restrictions in force at the time.

Will Covid testing be required before/during the camp?

Requirements for testing young people and adults have yet to be confirmed. However, we expect that participants will need to take a lateral flow test before departing for camp (and report negative), and at intervals of not more than 72 hours while at camp. A further test will be required within 48 hours of returning home.

Woodcraft Folk will monitor Public Health England and sector guidance to ensure our activities are Covid-safe.

What will happen if I test positive before the camp?

You will not be able to attend the camp, but we will give you a full refund. If you finish isolation before 13 August we may be able to accommodate you on site, depending on numbers and restrictions.

What will happen if I develop Covid symptoms whilst on camp?

You will be supported to take a PCR test, whilst we await the results you will be kept in quarantine away from members of your bubble.

What will happen if I test positive during the camp?

If you have a positive lateral flow test during the camp you will be supported to take a PCR test. Whilst we await the results you will be kept in quarantine away from members of your bubble. If you have a positive PCR test we will arrange for you to travel home along with the rest of your bubble.

What will happen if I test positive on my return from the camp?

You will need to let us know to contact everyone else. If someone else from your bubble tests positive on returning home, you will be contacted by Woodcraft Folk and will have to isolate for up to 10 days since your last contact with the individual who tested positive.

If you subsequently develop symptoms you should get a PCR test and follow NHS guidelines.

Will we need to be socially distanced?

The restrictions that will apply to youth camps in August have yet to be confirmed. We believe that we will be required to continue to operate with a range of measures in place to protect participants, including:

  • Extra hand washing and effective hygiene

  • Lateral flow testing

  • Distancing of 1m+

  • Face coverings worn when indoors, this includes marquees when all the sides are down

  • Dedicated bathrooms - one to each bubble

  • Camping in bubbles

  • Contact details retained and provided with NHS Test & Trace if required

Woodcraft Folk will monitor Public Health England and sector guidance to ensure our activities are Covid-safe. Plans for the camp will be amended as necessary to ensure that the event is consistent with the guidance in force at the time. A full Covid briefing will be offered to all participants prior to the event if needed.

We are currently working on the assumption that young people will be able to share tents/dormitories with people not in their household, but will know more once guidance for youth work residentials has been published by the National Youth Agency in the coming weeks.

How will food be organised?

Food will be provided for all participants whilst they are at the Woodcraft Folk centre or campsite.

All campers will be provided with breakfast, lunch, regular refreshments and dinner. All campers will be asked to submit dietary requirements by 15 July to ensure their needs can be met.

What programme activities will there be?

A full programme of activities is currently being planned by the volunteer team. More information will be shared when available, but programme will include:

  • Co-operative games

  • Arts & craft

  • Bushcraft

  • Science & Technology

  • Climate science activities

As a camper, what equipment will I need to bring?

A kit list will be provided based on your chosen location, but you should expect to bring clothing and equipment for a summer camp (so all weathers!)

Sleeping bags will be required in some locations. If attending a tented camp, participants will be expected to provide their own sleeping tents (see above).

How accessible is the accommodation?

Each Woodcraft Folk site has different levels of accessibility.

Biblins Campsite is largely level, and grassed. Camping pitches at Biblins are accessible by a track suitable for motor vehicles. Some accessible indoor accommodation can be provided in The Burrow. Camper vans may be brought onto the site by agreement of the camp organisers. Fully accessible toilet facilities and wet rooms are available on site.

Accommodation at Cudham is on a single level, and includes both camping pitches and indoor dormitories. Cudham also has fully accessible toilet facilities and shower rooms.

Accommodation at Darsham is arranged over two levels, but there are bedrooms and accessible toilet/shower facilities on the ground floor.

Lockerbrook has an accessible wet room and ground floor bedrooms, but there are steps to access the dining and lounge areas.

Park Farm is a grassed and largely level campsite. Accessible toilet facilities are available.

Please get in touch if you want to discuss accessibility at any of the centres in more detail.


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