What to expect - Outposts

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WHAT TO EXPECT

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR TRIP WITH OUTPOSTS

We have endeavoured to cover everything you might need to know, however, if we have missed something off or you would like some more detail, please do contact us.

Bespoke programmes

We pride ourselves on working hard to design you a completely tailor-made programme. Let us know what your objectives are, the age group, any themes or activities you would like to include or curriculum links we should focus on and we’ll work our magic. Our programmes may be unique but fun and a sense of achievement are standard.

Dedicated Course Director

You will be assigned a Course Director for the duration of your stay to ensure that you have one point of contact. Please talk to them initially if you have any questions or concerns during your stay.

Complaints policy

Our aim is that your stay with us will exceed your expectations, however, should there be something you are not satisfied with, please see our Complaints Procedure​.

Kit lists

We provide a detailed kit list for you to issue to students and parents well ahead of time.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Mapped against each of our activities are a list of learning outcomes. These are not exhaustive but give you an insight into how they can be used. Learning outcomes include taking responsibility, communication, problem-solving, creative, critical and independent thinking, resilience, listening to and following instructions, respecting others (adults and peers), improving social skills, leadership, adaptability, curiosity, perseverance and imagination to name but a few.

Mobile signal & charging

Reception on site is limited but staff are free to come into the office building to connect to the WiFi to make important calls, check emails and messages. There is electricity in the lodges but not in the Orchard Campsite, so if you are staying there, we recommend that you bring a portable charger.

Wet weather plans

Outposts endeavour to carry on regardless and the kit list reflects this – including waterproofs and appropriate footwear (never fear, we have spares). However, there are circumstances where even we must admit defeat, in which case we have a whole host of indoor challenges which facilitate similar learning outcomes and keep the group entertained. We will discuss these with you in advance.

Curriculum links

On the activity and programme pages you will find an overview of the areas we have linked them to the National Curriculum. We are always open to new suggestions and believe firmly in the integration of the outdoor activities and classroom learning.

The paperwork

We try to keep paperwork to a minimum. All we need prior to your trip is:

  • Group numbers, age and gender splits for the purpose of rooming.
  • Accompanying staff contact details for emergencies.
  • Any medical information e.g. allergies, injuries, illnesses, that we should be aware of. We need to know this in advance to make any necessary arrangements or adjustments to the programme.
  • Dietary requirements.
  • In accordance with GDPR this information remains anonymous until the group arrives, at which point we will require a list with names revealed to us, for the relevant. Outposts’ staff to be informed.
  • Please inform us of your intended arrival and departure times so we can meet and greet your group.