Activity Guide

Summer Camps & Courses Activity Guide

 

Abseiling 

Walking down backwards from an artificial tower or a real rockface, supported by a rope attached to a harness around your waist. Instructors control the rope and provide safety support down below so this is a very safe activity. This activity develops trust and confidence as abseilers learn to control their own descent. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the British Mountaineering Council website. 

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Air-rifle shooting

This activity usually involves u sing lightweight 0.177 air rifles and shooting from a sitting, prone or standing position on a controlled range. This activity develops self-discipline, concentration and co-ordination skills. Strict range discipline is always maintained. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the National Smallbore Rifle Association website. 

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Archery
 
The rudiments of this very popular activity are quickly learned, using junior bows and straw boss or synthetic targets on a controlled range. This activity develops self-discipline, concentration and co-ordination skills. Strict range discipline is always maintained. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the Archery GB website. 

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Basketball
A fast moving high scoring team game that is popular at all levels. For details on national award schemes and coaching qualifications visit the Basketball England website. 
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Blind trail
 
Also known as “Night Line” this activity involves participants getting b lind-folded then following a rope course through trees which leads them over and around obstacles. By working as a team and by taking turns at leading, participants can develop communication skills and build trust throughout the team. 
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Body boarding

Also known as “Boogie Boarding” t his popular watersport is easy to learn and quickly produces a great sense of achievement and much enjoyment. This sport involves lying on a lightweight foam or synthetic board and riding the waves as they come into the shore. It usually takes place within 50 metres of the shore in shallow water under the supervision of Beach Lifeguards. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the Royal Life Saving Association website.

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Canoeing 

This popular sport is all about paddling in boats – be they open “Canadian style” canoes or kayaks. Basic instruction usually includes canoe entry, capsize drill and paddling skills. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the British Canoe Union website. 

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Climbing
 
Conducted on artificial climbing walls or real rock faces, t his exciting and challenging activity develops trust and self-confidence as climbers aspire to conquer the peaks. Participants are usually provided with safety helmets, harnesses and the support of a trained instructor and/or “auto-belay” safety systems. . For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the British Mountaineering Council website. 

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Cricket
Cricket is increasingly popular with younger players as new versions of the game have been introduced such as “kwik cricket” and “inter cricket”. Both of these games give a gntle introduction to this exciting team sport without the requirement for a hard ball and pads. For details on national award schemes and coaching qualifications visit the English Cricket Board website. 

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Fencing
The fascinating art of foil fencing requires concentration and discipline as well as agility. Full safety equipment of face mask, padded jacket, gauntlet and protective tipped foils are provided. . For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the British Fencing website. 
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Football
Our national sport, also known as “soccer” in other parts of the world. For details on national award schemes and coaching qualifications visit the Football Association website. 

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Golf
The art of playing from tee to green has a special introductory scheme for young golfers organized by the Golf Foundation

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Horse Riding
Learning to ride a horse or a pony, improving your equestrian skills or simply going for a trek. For details on safety guidelines, riding centre inspection schemes and staff qualifications visit the British Horse Society website and the Association of British Riding Schools website. 

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Mountain biking 
Mountain bikes are now a general term for any bike that is suitable for “off-road” or “all terrain” cycling. 

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Orienteering
Learning to use a map and compass to get from one marked point to another is a rewarding activity which requires concentration, communication and co-operation of team members. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the British Orienteering Federation website. 

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Parachute Games 
Using a parachute but keeping your feet firmly on the ground. Brightly coloured parachutes are used for a wide variety of group co-operation games to provide fun which develop co-ordination skills, movement skills and concentration. 

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Quad Biking
Driving a four wheeled motorbike – usually with specially governed speed restrictions for younger riders. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the Auto Cycle Union website. 

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Raft building 
Under the guidance of an instructor, and usually using a combination of ropes, wood and oil-drums, participants learn to work as a team in order to build a raft which can then transport them to their destination. This activity can take place in anything from a small pond to a large lake or river. 

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Ropes Courses
Many Activity Centres offer “low ropes” or high ropes” courses. These are usually tree-based challenge courses with various different “elements”. Each element requires a different range of physical skills as well as developing trust, confidence and teamwork. 

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Rugby
This national team sport is played by both girls and boys with special “touch rugby” games and other schemes introducing younger players to the game. For details on national award schemes and coaching qualifications visit the Rugby Football Union website. 

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Sailing
From sailing small single-handed dinghies to large ocean-going yachts, sailing offers something for everyone at inland and coastal locations. For details on national award schemes and qualifications visit the Royal Yachting Association website. 
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Snorkelling
Using a face mask and a snorkel to swim and breathe under water. Basic training can take place in a swimming pool or the open sea. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the British Sub Aqua Club website. 
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Speed sailing
Also known as “land yachting” or “sand yachting” this is an on-l and version of windsurfing, using a sail on a giant skateboard. This exhilarating activity usually takes place on large stretches of open sand (when the tide is out!). 

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Surfing
This popular coastal sport involves full length surf boards that you can stand up on as you follow in an incoming wave. For details on safety guidelines and staff qualifications visit the Surfing Great Britain website. 

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Swimming
Learning to swim or improving your swimming technique is one of the most popular holiday activities. For details on national award schemes and qualifications visit the Amateur Swimming Association website. 
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Science
Science camps are an excellent way to spend the summer and allow children to make discoveries which are both fun and educational. Camps often focus on a huge range of activities within areas such as chemistry, nature and technology, featuring various exciting science experiments.
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Tennis

From “mini tennis” for under 5’s to junior tennis camps and matchplay events for older players, tennis is more than just one of our most popular summer sports. With the growth of indoor tennis centres throughout the UK it has now established itself as a major year-round sport. For details on national award schemes and coaching qualifications visit the Lawn Tennis Association website. 
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Trampolining
Bouncing fun on a trampoline is always a big favourite with children of all ages. For details on national award schemes and qualifications visit the British Gymnastics website. 

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Water Polo

This is a fast moving pool-based team game played with a ball and goals at each end of a pool. P layers must be exceptionally fit, strong and fast at swimming, as they have to tread water when they are not in contact with the ball. For details on national award schemes and qualifications visit the Amateur Swimming Association website. 

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Water Skiing
Taking to the water on two skis usually pulled along by a power boat. Courses are available on inland lakes and costal locations throughout the UK. For details on approved centres and staff qualifications visit the British Water Ski & Wakeboard website.
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Wave skiing
This activity involves sitting on top of a lightweight board and paddling into the shore in light surf. Requiring similar skills to surf canoeing, this is an exhilarating coastal paddling activity. For details on national award schemes and qualifications visit the British Wave Ski Association website. 
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Windsurfing
Also known as “boardsailing”, this activity involves sailing on a surf board or surfing with a sail! The skills of windsurfing can be taught on an inland lake or a coastal location. For details on national award schemes and qualifications visit the RYA Windsurfing website. 

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