The Bhillar campus was launched in 2015 and has been the base of our summer camps in West India. Perched at a height of 4200 ft in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Bhillar is part of the beautiful and ethereal Western Ghats. The campus is set within an 80-acre estate that overlooks a valley to its east and hills to its west. A large ground on one side of the campus serves as the activity hub for children and offers stunning views of sunrise and sunset over the Ghats. The campus is equipped with tabins and a dorm styled farmhouse accommodation.
First timer programs are designed for 9-12 year olds to encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and explore the world of adventure and wilderness experiences. These programs are 5-day long experiences and are shorter than our usual Discover-On Campus programs.
Typically a program has 50-70 participants who work in 4 smaller activity groups of 15-18 participants under the care and guidance of trained outdoor instructors.
There are 4 activities offered on this program - rock climbing, wilderness craft, ropes course, and back packing. Participants spend a day doing each of these activities and these are usually conducted in the first half of the day. Post lunch the participants engage in activities that include community service, environment awareness or village visits. Late evenings are for informal activities, campfire and group interaction.
We offer a fixed combination of all four activities (Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Backpacking and Wilderness Craft) on our First Timer programs
Please Note: While fun is an important element in our designs, we do not promise a cushioned, luxury holiday. We take utmost care to ensure that children are well fed, remain hydrated and have a comfortable sleep. But being without phones, sharing living spaces, baths, toilets is as much a part of the unfamiliar environment that aids learning as the great big outdoors.