Adventure camps for kids are a fantastic way for them to have fun, learn, and meet new people during the school holidays. There’s a lot of things to think about when it’s crunch time and you’re deciding where you think they’ll have the most fun. Well, we’re here to help you with everything you need to know about adventure camps with kids.
We’ll walk you through the benefits of outdoor adventures, the best ages to send your child on a holiday camp, and explain everything your child would be up to on a stay at PGL.
What are the benefits of outdoor adventures?
Outdoor activities have endless benefits, both physically, socially and mentally. They’re great for getting your kids active when they’re off school, they are perfect for creating new friendships through our collaborative games and challenges, and a great stress reliever with them being so much fun!
Here are some of the best benefits of outdoor play:
- Boosts social skills & creates friendships
- Develops independence skills
- Improves health & fitness
- Relieves stress
Adventure camps for kids have so many benefits to offer children. We recommend you take a look at the full breadth of benefits that outdoor play can provide.
What’s the best age to send your child on a holiday camp?
There are many factors to think about when you’re deciding what’s the best age to send your child on a holiday camp. We think the ideal age for adventure camps for kids is 8-14 years old. Why? Well, at the age of eight, kids are usually in Grade 3, which is when schools typically start their residential camp programmes. It’s an exciting time for the little ones, and a chance for them to start developing independence skills. At ages younger than this, homesickness is often common, so we believe that waiting until an age when that feeling disappears naturally is best.
From having thousands of children coming to our camps every year, we see that this age range is when they are most engaged with our adventurous activities. This is when kids are eager to try new things, meet new people and get involved!
What to pack?
Deciding on what you need to pack for your child for their adventure camp trip can be difficult. How many pairs of shoes do they need? What do they need for the activities they will be doing? Well you can make those decisions by seeing what a typical day at camp for your child looks like below. In the meantime, here is our list of essentials that we recommend:
Take a look at our blog ‘what to pack for an outdoor adventure camp’ to see why we recommend each of these items (and the quantities you’ll need!).
Holiday camps with PGL
Our adventure camps for kids offer a unique holiday experience over the school breaks. We know that before you choose whether to send your child to camp, you’ll want to know exactly what they’ll be up to day-to-day. Well, you can!
A typical day at camp
Here’s your child’s typical day on a holiday camp with PGL. The day will be packed full of activities and fun!
|Morning||Breakfast time! Your kids will head down to the dining room for the most important meal of the day. They’ll need all the energy they can get because it’s a busy day of adventures!|
|Activity 1||The first activity of the day! Today is the Flying Fox.|
|Morning Tea||Pit stop. Rehydrate and grab a snack before heading off to the second activity.|
|Activity 2||Canoeing (If your child is on a holiday camp in the winter, then watersports will usually be substituted for land-based activities).|
|Lunch||Time to refuel. Back to the dining room for some much needed lunch.|
|Activity 3||Low Ropes|
|Afternoon Tea||Another quick recharge before the final activity of the day!|
|Activity 4||Leap of Faith|
|Dinner||It’s dinner time. Your child can socialise with their new friends and talk about their action-packed day.|
|Evening Activities||Capture the Flag, Photo Challenges, Quizzes. This is a great time for your kids to relax and wind-down from the day.|
|Supper||Quick snack and drink before it’s off to bed|
|Bedtime||Once everyone is tucked in, it’s lights out. It’s time to regain all of that energy and get a great night’s sleep.|
Adventurous outdoor activities your kids will love
We have a huge selection of activities that your child could be taking part in during their time here. From watersports to challenge courses, ball games, and more! Take a look at some of the adventurous outdoor activities your kids will love:
Accommodation on a PGL adventure camp
What is the accommodation like on an adventure camp with PGL? We want to ensure maximum comfort for everyone at camp, all with the opportunity to take in the ultimate camp experience.
PGL Campaspe Downs
- Cabins – Sleeps 4-8 with en suite bathrooms, or sleeps 2-12 with separate toilet and shower blocks. All cabins are bunk-style with heating. Children are grouped by age and gender, so that it’s like one giant sleepover with their new best buddies!
- Roundhouses & Lodges – Sleeps 6-12 (Some with ensuite facilities, others with shared). Depending on the size of the group, the children will be housed in roundhouses or lodges for the duration of camp. Children are grouped by age and gender, so that it’s like one giant sleepover with their new best buddies!
Book your child’s outdoor adventure camp with PGL!
Now you know all about adventure camps for kids, why not take a look at our range of holiday camps to see what we have to offer.
Our holiday camps are adventurous, fun, thrilling and more! With a fantastic selection of action-packed activities, your child won’t get bored this school holiday.