Based out of our campus in a expansive coffee estate in the Eastern Ghats, this program is a perfect introduction to the outdoors for first time campers. We have six action-packed days all planned out to get children curious, engaged and up on their feet as they bound about exploring the hills. Discovering four new activities and an exposure to ideas and experiences opens up their minds to a whole new world.
The days are balanced with time in the wilderness, on camp and indoors. Campers spend a day concentrating on each activity in smaller groups of 15–18 and under the guidance and supervision of trained instructors. Small groups encourages everyone to get more comfortable and interact with their new peers. Back at camp—creative tasks, engaging games and fun bonfire sessions keep the energy high.
"Caring for each other, responsibility for the surroundings (be it the tent or nature around), being spontaneous, accepting diversity and being sensitive to each other seem to be a given thing on the tour. These qualities when imbibed allow the child to naturally bloom into a successful adult. Hoping my daughter will take these forward and adapt them into her everyday life."
6AM Wake up and enjoy a hot beverage with biscuits
7AM Warm-up for the day
8AM A hearty breakfast to build energy reserves
9AM Disperse for outdoor activities. One day for each
1PM A nutritious and much needed lunch on campus
1:30PM Free-wheeling time to freshen up and relax
2:30PM Cool time activities that mix fun and learning, taking the experience beyond just adventure
5PM Milk, tea and snacks to up the energy levels
5:30PM Other cool time activities, de-briefing, group sharing sessions or personal reflection
7:30PM Soup and dinner cap off a power packed day
9PM Lights off, get into sleeping bags and slip into a golden slumber
Spend the nights under the stars in spartan yet comfortable tents that are kitted out with camping mats and sleeping bags. Share tents with your new friends—boys and girls separately, of course!
Being well fed and hydrated is crucial to staying energised for the action-packed days. A fully functional kitchen on campus dishes up fresh, wholesome and nutritious food for every meal. Water, soup or juice provided during hydration breaks through the day. Our instructors take care of the rest. They're all certified outdoor experts who go through extensive training and assessment before working with us. For the comfort and special needs of girls, there is a female instructor assigned to each activity group. A doctor is also present on campus at all times to attend to medical needs.
The group departs from Bangalore in luxury AC buses at 6:00am. We stop for breakfast on the way and reach the campus in time for lunch. On the way back home, the bus reaches the assembly point by 10:30pm. Outstation participants need to fly into Bangalore a day before the departure date.
This program might be more demanding than the usual physical activities your child may be used to. We recommend a little jogging, stretching and exercise a few weeks before the departure to gain the flexibility and agility needed to truly enjoy the experience. Do this wearing the shoes you want to carry for the program—it'll help break into them.