Date: Friday 26th August - 1st September 2016
Campers will participate daily in team sports such as football tournaments, cricket, and rounders which will all encourage teamwork and sportsmanship. To further enhance co operation amongst the campers they will be able to participate in It’s-Knock-Out & treasure hunts
There are many activities which Campers will take part in. Activites such as
- Roller wall climbing
Added to these activities is the competition amongst the groups to determine the winning team at the end of the day, and the overall winning team at the end of the camp.
Each group are given a kirtan, where they have to perform live in front of thier fellow campers. This is an opportunity to express themselves by learning to project their voice and creativity in front of an audience, developing confidence and working with others to create entertainment and art.
Campers are given the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their creativity skills by producing their own master pieces using decorative materials and paints. This year we will be asking campers to re-create a Manifestation of a Legend. The Campers will Exhibit Backdrops of holy cities, advise on the reasons why they are holy and use their imaginations to express the legend in their own unique way.
Yoga, as a form of relaxation, is used to calm the mind, body and soul, also very fun to participate in and will help warm up the body positively. It will be incorporated in the morning sessions to revitalise and charge our happy campers, ready for the day ahead. In Addition, the yoga activities will help the campers to relax and bring peace to their mind, enabling them to gather their thoughts and feelings.
The day ends with night time entertainment with games such as Indoor Olympics, a Question of Sport and much much more.
We are offering campers over the age of 8 years the chance of building friendships in our community, to laugh and play as well as be fully entertained during the school holidays. Our multi activity camp combines sport, the arts, drama as well as spiritual education into a fun fuelled programme designed to get the best out of your child.
If your child loves filling their days with non stop energy, laughter, creativity and time with friends, then we bet they’ll have a fantastic time at SSTW Camp 2016!
We offer a great range of exciting activities in surroundings with fantastic facilities and a high ratio of children to friendly, enthusiastic volunteers. With the combination of the great outdoors and the amazing team atmosphere, campers will have great fun getting fully involved with other youngsters of a similar age.
Why Camp 2016
SSTW Camp has been providing an outdoor, environmental, adventure and spiritual program for boys and girls since 2001. Classic camp activities in a serene, undeveloped setting allow children to get first hand experience of the beauty and fragility of our natural world. SSTW Camps promote the practice of concepts of conservation, responsibility and stewardship through traditional camp activities.
Leaving the daily distractions of technology, media and commerce behind, campers learn to find entertainment in simpler, self powered pleasures. Be it through participating in sports, cooking, singing, unleashing their imagination through artistic workshops or learning to wear a dhoti for morning pooja, the kids will never get bored and will leave with skills more developed than when they arrived.
By stepping out on their own, the campers encounter challenging experiences in a supportive, group environment. They will learn to build relationships, share adventures, build confidence, develop soft skills such as teamwork, networking and articulation as well as taking on responsibility within the group environment. This allows them to:
Develop Independence - our campers lay out their own sleeping bag, choose their own activities and decide how to spend their free time. They are encouraged to think for themselves, making their own decisions. As always camp volunteers are around to offer encouragement, suggestions and guide our campers in making their choices.
Increase Self-Esteem - the camp is a place where positive qualities and attitudes are constantly stressed and emphasised. Campers are encouraged and supported to take risks, set goals and try new activities as well as overcome challenges.
Be Themselves - there are no social pressures at camp, only encouragement and positive reinforcement. They are encouraged to develop and strengthen their unique qualities that make them the wonderful and unique individuals that they are.
Make New Friends - making friends is one of the easiest things to do at camp. Your child is surrounded by other campers, who want to do the same things as your child does, while having as much fun as possible!
Learn - your child has the opportunity to experience various activities and games. They have the chance to develop the social skills that will stand them in good sted in the future, whether at school, college, University or in their working life. They will learn, develop, create, discover and encounter new adventures pursuing them both personally and as part of a team.
Open day is an invitation from us to invite you down for the day and join in on all the fun and games. It is your chance to see for yourself what the campers at the SSTW Camp have been learning and participating in. Throughout the week, workshops will be held to give the groups an opportunity to work together and to be creative. Their workshop items will be displayed on the day at our exhibition to be judged by you the visitor.
Other then the exhibition, visitors will be free to take a walk around the camp woodland site, and it will give you the to chance to look at all the facilities that are provided to the campers, all done with the company of eager friends and family ready for a quick natter.
Now for the exciting competitive fun!
We have a jam-packed day full of lots of activities for you to take part in. Sports and games are organised for everyone to play with many events which tests the strengths of the new blood against the old. There will be a bungee run, entertainment for the younger kids, delicious food throughout the day, the obstacle race, sports, and many more. You’ll find various events scattered all over the field through out the day, it is guaranteed to be full of fun and action. Finally at the end of the day, every one will be able to recover and relax at the evening BBQ.
Looking forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact us.
Jay Shree Swaminarayan
Health & Safety
Whilst life at camp is very much aimed at having fun; supervision, security and safety are also an integral part of our 24-hour daily operation.
Please note: No campers are allowed to leave the camp site without their parents or guardians consent.
Night time security
A key part of our Group leaders' role is to get all our campers to go to bed – which is sometimes easier said than done! Just before ‘lights out’ has been called, the Group leaders will encourage and reassure the anxious, high-spirited to settle down and continue their vigil until all is quiet. Our night duty rota ensures that a member of staff can be contacted at any time throughout the night in the marquee.
All campers enjoy a selection of high and low energy activities, depending on their age and ability. Daily activity programmes are designed to cater for younger campers' needs for guidance and supervision, whilst accommodating older campers' desire for self-expression and the freedom to choose. We offer a large variety of activities on a daily basis and together with a full evening entertainment programme. All activities are supervised by our trained and highly experienced group leaders.
We have a team of fully qualified First Aiders. All medication that children bring with them is stored in a secure area. Please make sure any medication is given to a volunteer on the first day of registration, clearly labelled with instructions.
Prior to camp every parent is required to note down any medical requirements on the application form which are completely confidential. We feel we can deal with almost anything as long as we are forewarned.
In the event of an emergency we have contact with local doctors that are also registered with all local hospitals. If a child is taken to see a Doctor or to the Hospital for any reason, parents/guardians are notified as soon as possible.
Information for Campers
Arrival Time at Mandir on Thursday 1st September: 7.00pm
Contact Numbers during Camp:
Parbat Hirani – 07956 902 474
Suri Jesani – 07960 531 249
Nikki Patel – 07745 151 724
Priya Halai - 07849 349 569
What do I need to pack?
This is what is required when packing:
Camp attendees will do pooja every morning. If your child does not do pooja at home, we can provide a basic pooja at camp – so you DO NOT need to get a full pooja with murti, unless you want to continue doing pooja after camp
If you do pooja daily, you should bring with you the following items:
- Pooja (vatki for water, varo, goti (kumkum container), vatki for feeding God, mala, gaumukhi, mirror, shikshapatri,
- Murtis (only those accepted by Mandir's under NarNarayan Dev), 2 asan (cloths to lay on floor), saal (boys and girls), if you do not have every item you can get them from the Temple Library.
- Sleeping bag (single)
- Small bag (e.g. sports bag/small suitcase) no big suitcases
- Small blanket/camping mat - optional (available from Argos) no duvets
- Small cushion, no pillows
- Shower bag
- Toiletries (Body wash, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Jibri, Towel, Comb, Deodorant, Cream)
- Underwear: Minimum 7 pairs
- Socks: Minimum 7 pairs
- Loose comfortable clothes (full length bottoms and no sleeveless) 7 pairs
- For older and younger girls, please bring a chundri/saal to cover your head as Santos may be present at times.
- Shower slippers & trainers
- Pyjamas (Full length)
- At least a minimum of 2 Jumpers or Sweaters
- Sun Screen
- Medications please let us know of any allergies or medications in advance, which you have
- No phones, game boys, IPods etc
- No valuables of any kind, especially gold jewellery
- No Torches
- No electrical appliances (e.g. hair tongs or straighteners)
- Please maximise pocket money to £10
Whether you want a full, fast weekend activity camp or a week camp with activities, Phasels Wood has enough to keep you challenged and occupied.
PHASEL WOOD ACTIVITY CENTRE,
When coming to camp for Open Day please use the following coordinates in your Sat Nav and NOT the Postcode
Once you have reached the coordinate destination please use the upcoming lay by on the left to enter the camp