Outposts - about us

Outposts - about us

We are...

We are...

an outdoor activity centre for schools and youth groups based in Somerset on the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our programmes include archery & airgunsbush craft, first aid, high ropes, mountain biking, water and rock  based activities, team-building and Transitions Days for Year 6. We also provide Leadership & Prefect Training and residential camps as well as overseas expeditions. The activities are suitable for a whole range of ages and abilities.

 

We believe in...

giving young people the opportunity to develop essential life skills such as team work, leadership and communication, outside of the classroom environment. 

 

We have a proven track record

We were established in 1997 and since then have worked with over 9,000 young people every year. We have many happy customers.

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School in a Bag

School in a Bag

School in a Bag is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world. Each SchoolBag is filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn. 

All expeditioners will fund and hand-deliver a SIAB School Bag to a student as part of their community placement.

We have a beautiful location

When we say Outposts is based in a beautiful rural location on the Quantock hills we really are. Take a peek at our 'Outposts from the air' video to see just what the location is like that you would be coming to for your schools' outdoor activities. Unbelievable that we're only 10 minutes drive from the M5 yet totally secluded. 

Colonel Michael Kingscote - Founder & Managing Director

Colonel Michael Kingscote - Founder & Managing Director

On completion of a full military career, during which he commanded a UK Special Forces Regiment, Michael founded Outposts Ltd in 1988. Since then the company has expanded to provide outdoor training to over 8500 clients annually. It simultaneously mounts overseas expeditions. 

Michael's wide military experience encompasses the conventional and the unorthodox. He has led challenging expeditions in many parts of the world, particularly in the deserts and mountains of the Middle East and Africa. His life has always been an active one and he fully appreciates the need in peoples' lives to be able to work alone or to benefit from working as a team. His extraordinary military background and expertise in expedition leading make him well qualified for the task. 

He is an Accredited Practitioner of The Institute of Outdoor Learning, Honorary Colonel of the RTMC and Lientenant of The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of The Guard.

Chloe Harman - Operations Director

Chloe Harman - Operations Director

Chloe is passionate advocate for the power of outdoor learning for children and adults. She was fortunate enough to grow up in the countryside and was a keen scout; this cemented an early love for the outdoors and sport. She studied Sport Psychology at University and throughout university worked as an instructor at an Outdoor Education Centre and was able to tie in a lot of her university work in a practical setting. Following graduation she worked hard to develop her practical skills and qualifications as well as building up a large repertoire of ‘soft skills’. She has developed and run workshops on reviewing techniques, sustainability in the outdoor industry and leadership theory.
She was promoted through Senior Instructor to Chief Instructor to Operations Manager at Mill on The Brue and is now Operations Director with Outposts Ltd where she can apply all of her experience.

Widening Participation

Widening Participation

Our Widening Participation Programme is specifically designed for students who are aspiring to attend university, perhaps from a background that traditionally does not enter higher education. The aim is to build the self-confidence and self-belief of a selected group of Sixth Form students. Our programmes are designed to bond students in an environment far removed from their every day school life.  

 

"I wanted the students to step out of their comfort zone and feel more confident about strange/unfamiliar situations and the camp did all these things. It also helped them bond with people that they did not know very well quickly which was fantastic.  I was really surprised by the quality of the food as I was expecting basic fare.  It was delicious, plenty of it and home cooked.  The ladies who provided it were also really lovely- fantastic hospitality."

University of Sussex – Widening Participation Initiative 2015

 

Chris Ray - Programme Facilitator

Chris Ray - Programme Facilitator

Chris has had extensive experience in team work training and leadership development. He started out in the Marines, recruiting and training commandos. He moved into training consultancy, specialising in leadership and is now owner of Success Creation that works in the education industry, Owner of Vision and Performance specialising in sports coaching, Performance Director of the Young Racing Driver’s Academy and Director of The Business of Sport.  

 

Katie Dorpman - Project Manager

Katie Dorpman - Project Manager

Katie is currently on maternity leave. 

Katie graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Cultural History and International Relations before spending two ski seasons chalet hosting in the French and Swiss Alps.

Katie spent her Gap year travelling through Brazil and India as well as working for a mission charity in Lucknow. She has been Assistant Leader on expeditions to Nepal and South Africa.

Bronwen Packham - Office Manager

Bronwen Packham - Office Manager

A key member of Outposts Ltd, Bronwen is most likely to be the first point of contact for any enquiry. Additionally she is responsible for the smooth operation and administration of the office and Outposts' UK Programmes.

We have very experienced staff

We have very experienced staff

Our instructors and facilitators are all inducted and vetted by us to ensure their training and qualifications are current and that they are DBS checked. With years worth of experience working with young people on outdoor educational programmes, they bring a breadth of knowledge and life experience to draw upon to help inspire and encourage.  

 

We are safe

 

Helen Hawkins - Sales & Marketing Manager

Helen Hawkins - Sales & Marketing Manager

Helen is responsible for spreading the word about Outposts not only from our offices in Broomfield but out and about visiting schools to give assemblies; meeting teachers, parents and students.

Helen is passionate about adventure activities, the great outdoors, travel and the benefits of exploring the world for young people. After graduating from university she went to live in Germany for three years and then subsequently spent three months working on charity projects in Namibia. She has travelled throughout the world, including destinations to which Outposts Expeditions venture, such as South Africa and Nepal, where she climbed the dizzy heights up to Everest Base Camp.