ACTIVITIES

We have a variety of activities that can be found at the Oaks that can be both self run by leaders or instructor led. Each activity can be booked in hourly slots, on the hour. As you have a look through the activities please note the recommended and maximum capacity numbers per time slot. Below are also the links where the pricing and risk assessments can be found: 

Air Rifles

Try your skills at using our air rifles aiming not only at basic paper targets (although this makes for a great souvenir to show Mum and Dad), but also challenges such as knocking down cans. Also who doesn’t love a good competition against others in the group? Our own instructors will go through everything showing you how to use the rifles safely, and may even give the leaders a chance to show off their marksmanship!

Instructors

This activity is run by qualified Oaks Staff. However a leader is requested to help supervise the young people when not on the range.

Age

This activity is suitable for 10 years old upwards, dependant on their height.

Location

Behind the car park, adjacent to the recycling area.

Numbers

A strict maximum of 12 participants per hour.

What To Wear

Normal Camping Clothes.

Parental Consent

The Scout Association requires that written parental consent is obtained for all persons under 18 taking part in shooting activities. Before your session commences the group leader will be required to show evidence that this has been done and sign the range log book to confirm that consent has been obtained for all participants. See link below for forms.

ARCHERY

This isn’t just about firing an arrow at a yellow dot. Suitable for all ages, there are a number of enjoyable activities we like our young archers to do to develop their firing skills. Who knew you could make a pizza from firing an arrow? As of the start of 2020 we have brand new equipment and netting for campers to try out.

Instructors

This activity can be run by our own qualified instructors or a group leader that has a scout permit for archery. Proof of this permit must be supplied beforehand in the booking process.

Age

For any age above 6 years old. We have bows for varying heights and strengths.

Location

Next to the Service Team Hut, down the side of the Clarke Hut

Numbers

A maximum of 15 participants per hour.

What To Wear
  • Long-sleeved shirts, jumpers
  • No Baseball caps
  • No neckerchiefs
  • Long hair to be tied back

Climbing Tower 

After being out of service for a period, the climbing tower is now back up and running! Master any fear of heights by scrambling up our 40ft wall and ringing the bell at the top. The wall allows 2 participants to go up at a time, meaning you can go up with a friend, or have a little race if you’re competitive. If the wall is still too easy, try climbing up without using an arm or leg. Also with our brand new equipment, including helmets and harnesses, you’ll be looking very stylish venturing to the top.

Instructors

This activity is run by qualified Oaks Staff

Age

This activity is suitable for all ages.

Location

Further up from the main campfire circle, in the woods next the Bouldering Wall and Black Hole.

Numbers

Maximum of 15 participants per hour.

What To Wear
  • Camp Clothing
  • Recommend no tight fitting trousers for more movement
  • Recommend soft shoes rather than boots for easier climbing

Bouldering Wall

Rather than a “thrill” type activity, our indoor bouldering wall is about skill and challenges. It is a good start for young people to gain confidence in climbing and can be used as a team building exercise. Whereas in climbing you move upwards and are secured with a rope, the idea with the bouldering wall is to traverse sideways without a harness. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, but if more of a challenge is needed, try taking the shortcut via the overhang.

Instructors

This activity is self run by the groups own leaders. It is recommended that you use at least two leaders to supervisor the activity, inside the bouldering wall.

Age

This activity is suitable for all ages.

Location

Further up from the main campfire circle, in the woods next to the Black Hole.

Numbers

We recommend 10 participants per hour. There is no strict limit in numbers, however this isn’t a large room and too many on the wall will make it difficult to use.

What To Wear

This is an indoor activity so coats aren’t required. Soft shoes not boots make the activity easier.

Black Hole

This is a great way to overcome any fear of the dark. The black hole was constructed years ago by the campsites service team and has been enjoyed by many on the site ever since. You will find yourself crawling through a pitch black maze, using touch to get around. If you’re lucky and brave enough to venture further in, you may even find the second floor! Some great games can be made using this activity too, such as treasure hunts, time trials and even a version of cat and mouse. 

Instructors

This activity is self run by the groups own leaders. It is recommended that you use at least three leaders to supervisor the activity, but this will of course depend on the age of the participants.

Age

This activity is suitable for all ages.

Location

Further up from the main campfire circle, in the woods next to the Bouldering Wall.

Numbers

We recommend 15 participants per hour. This is not a strict limit, however it is easier to monitor numbers inside the maze.

What To Wear

Trousers are recommended to cover the knees as crawling is involved.

Activity Ideas
  • In – Out: Each participant has to find their way round inside the wall from entrance to exit.
  • Treasure Hunt: Hide items in the Black Hole for participants to find.
  • Both ways: Two teams set off from opposite ends and try to pass without being spotted (we suggest teams of 3 – the others can have a rest).
  • Timed: Fastest time from start to finish.

Jungle Trail

One of the most popular activities on site is our adventure course set within the woods. There are over 15 obstacles to climb, balance, swing, slide and get tangled up on, making this a great challenge for any age. Just be prepared to get a bit muddy! The Jungle trail is excellent to be used for team challenges, time trials and races. Due to its higher maintenance and the odd tree falling, the course is constantly changing and new obstacles are added on occasion.

Instructors

This activity is self run by the groups own leaders. It is recommended that you use at least three leaders to supervise the activity, but this will of course depend on the age of the participants.

Age

This activity is suitable for all ages.

Location

In the woods to the left of the Campfire Circle.

Numbers

We recommend 15-20 participants per hour.

What To Wear

If it’s wet you are going to get muddy! So old clothes are required. Trainers or soft footwear would be best.

Activity Ideas
  • Challenge: Each participant has to complete the course.
  • Time Challenge: These need to be supervised with care to ensure that the participants don’t make mistakes when rushing.
  • Carry-over: An a object has to be transported down the course by a complete team – e.g. Half a bucket of water, egg in a container or a very large object which requires team work to negotiate the whole course. How about an item which needs to be dismantled and then re-constructed to get through parts of the course e.g. the tunnels.

MOUNTAIN BOARDING

Although the site does get the odd flurry of snow during winter, we don’t quite get enough to be able to go snowboarding or skiing! Mountain boarding is a great alternative to this, as it is effectively a snowboard on wheels. This activity is great for practising balance and learning how to control the board. It isn’t as easy as it looks, rolling down a hill standing up. All the safety gear is provided too.

Instructors

This activity is generally self run by the groups own leaders, but the site will provide an instructor if you require help to begin with.

Age

This activity is suitable for Scout and Guide age and upwards

Location

The boards and safety equipment can be found outside the container next to the shower block at the beginning of the day. The activity runs at the top of the hill down the centre of the field.

Numbers

We own 5 mountain boards in total so a maximum of 15 is recommended for an hour.

What To Wear

Normal camp clothes.

Grass Sledging

A bonus to having a campsite on a hill is that you can run, roll and sledge down from the top! Grass sledges are effectively sledges with caterpillar tracks which makes sliding down the slope a lot easier. Race against the rest of the group or just have fun looking at the view on the way down. Need more of a thrill to go faster? I’m sure a leader will volunteer to be the packhorse, for a fair return of course!

Instructors

This activity is generally self run by the groups own leaders, but the site will provide an instructor if you require help to begin with.

Age

This activity is suitable for anyone below Scout and Guide age.

Location

The sledges and safety equipment can be found outside the container next to the shower block at the beginning of the day. The activity runs at the top of the hill down the left hand side of the field.

Numbers

We own 5 grass sledges in total so a maximum of 15 is recommended for an hour.

What To Wear

Normal camp clothes.

Orienteering

The campsite holds approximately 20 control points with unique clippers attached hidden around the site for groups to be able to run an orienteering session. These are hidden within the woodlands and on the field, making it a great way to explore the whole campsite. 

Packs can be handed out by the duty warden, containing the map and grid of all the numbers that there are to be found around the site.

Emojiteering

Hunting for letters can be a bit “old school”, so we’ve modernised it to go search for emojis instead! A map is provided with numbers on, where an emoji is located. Once found, the emoji can be drawn on the answer sheet, ready to be brought back to the leader to check. Not to worry if the leader can’t understand the drawing, get the team to pull that face instead! It’s all a bit of fun to practice those map reading skills.

Other Activities

Campfire Circles & Alter Fires

There’s nothing better than having a good sing along by a campfire after a fun day of activities during camp. By the buildings there sits a large campfire circle with plenty of seating and a stage for doing sketches as well as singing. If this is in use though or you would like a fire in another location for backwoods cooking (and warmth in the evenings), there are also portable alter fires free to use. The wood supply on site is always plentiful too, however this is not always guaranteed to be dry!

Wide Games

We love having the whole campsite being put to good use, so our on-site activities aren’t the only option if leaders are up for running their own self-led activities. Located at the top of the field are 2 bases that have recently been freshened up by our district explorers. These are perfect for wide games such as capture the flag. Having the field and forest area bordered by stone walling makes it suitable for knowing boundaries for other wide games too.

Pioneering

The campsite also has a supply of pioneering poles for campers to borrow and see what ideas they come up with. Our wardens will happily be judges for groups to see who has the best structure!

Hike Routes

There are a number of hike routes that can be done from the campsite, making it suitable for day hikes and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

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