Outdoor Activities and Residential Programmes
Call of the Wild are licensed with the Adventure Activities Licensing Service to offer outdoor activities to children and young people under the age of 18. We are an independently owned private company based in the Brecon Beacons National Park. We have a proven track record for delivering safe, value for more money edventure based experiential learning programmes and fun school residentials involving activities such as caving, climbing and gorge walking.
We can arrange evrything for you from single days through to full residentials using our two centres in the Brecon Beacons. Take the hassle out of arranging the trip!
In 2014 94.2% of our customers rated their experience with us as good or excellent in terms of their overall experience and value for money
What We Offer for Your School Residential, D of E Course or Programme
Examples of College Courses suitable for our residential courses:
‘A’ Level Course WorkSchool children climbing in the Brecon Beacons National Park
- Outdoor Recreation
- Leisure & Tourism
- Public Services
- HND Watersports & Adventure Management
- Diploma and National Diploma Mountain Skills,
- Bsc Sports Science modules
- Key Skills such as problem solving, trust and working with others
Examples of Programmes available for Schools:
- School residentials for Years 5 through to Year 11
- Personal Development – Confidence, Trust & Social Skills
- Leadership & Group Dynamics – working together effectively
- Key Stage 3 & 4 Outdoor Activities
- Specific Expedition training & planning
- Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DOE Expeditions)
- GCSE Courses linked to National Curriculum such as Physical Education
- Geology and fieldwork based courses based in the Forest Fawr Geopark
One to six day courses cover all aspects of outdoor pursuits, personal development & key skills, tourist site visits & talks by professional providers. We will target specific modules within your course syllabus. Evidence can be collected throughout the course in several ways from photos, video, written, self assessment, discussion groups & staff observation.
“I just have to write and thank you for the wonderful residential visit we had…..the children enjoyed the week and they haven’t stopped talking about their experiences. You have an excellent team and everyone contributed towards making it a very special week for us all.” Gill Peters, Hemyock School, September
A Typical Itinerary for a Year 6 School Residential
- Day one – Command tasks, team challenges & hill walk Young people climbing with Call of the Wild as part of an adventure activity course in Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
- Day two – Climbing and abseiling followed by a gorge walk
- Day three – Waterfall or Hill Walk
- Day four – Canoeing, kayaking and caving
- Day five – Command tasks, team challenges and games
Evening activities can also be arranged to entertain the children. This is an example of one itinerary but we can tailor a programme to suit your requirements. You may wish to visit on a weekend or for a shorter duration.
Evidence For Course Work
We can design sets of work sheets and activities that will lead students to complete outcomes and produce a portfolio of evidence gathered during the week. Lecturer course notes may be provided to help fully prepare college staff before the residential. Materials may include:-
- Work Sheets
- Aural testing
- Self Assessment
- Staff, Peer & Instructor evaluation
- Signed evidence by instructor & staff
- Photographic evidence
Field Trips and Educational Visits
Youth groups can stay at Call of the Wild’ Maes y Fron Farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Call of the Wild also design courses for field trips and other non-vocational courses involving pupils. These can be for Geography, Geology or just for experiential learning in an outdoor environment. Why not combine your stay with days of outdoor activities interspersed with educational visits.
Call of the Wild also have a wealth of experience in catering for youth groups whether it be the Scouts, Guides, Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes or Charitable Organisations.
Why Call of the Wild
- Personal growth through adventure
- Your safety and enjoyment are our priorities – AALS licensed
- Accessible – No excessive journeys being just 20 minutes off the M4
- Natural locations – Brecon Beacons National Park
- All inclusive packages
- Reduce your workload
- Sole use of facilities
Why Use the Natural Environment of the Brecon Beacons?
The outdoor environment is an alien and unfamiliar environment for many children. The adventure of the first visit to somewhere such as the Brecon Beacons is the same for every generation. Use of the natural environment through adventure activities can make a unique contribution to personal growth through sharing experience, improving self confidence, exploring personal beliefs, attitudes and values whilst living and learning with one’s peers. The unforgettable experiences gained by participants from Call of the Wild’s utilisation of the wonderful natural landscape of the Brecon Beacons National Park enables this personal growth through adventure to occur in a safe and secure setting.
“We had a fantastic time with you. Everyone – children and staff – came back exhilarated and keen to pursue the activities they had started to learn. As a veteran of many school camps, I can honestly say that you thought of, and took care of our every need – even quite personal ones! The activities were great, with the right level of challenge and many parents report that their children’s self-esteem has rocketed! The children themselves can’t stop talking about the trip, and ‘sawsome’ is now part of the class vocabulary!” Louise Bray, Burlsecombe School, September
Why the Outdoors is So Important to Children’s Development
Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day.
He decides it’s time to get back to nature – literally.
“This film will change your life”Patrick Barkham, The Guardian
This is one of the most powerful and compelling films I’ve seen for some time . The messages that David includes are the every same we keep banging the drum about when trying to convince the powers that be the outdoors and engagement with it is one of the most powerful and life changing experiences people can have no matter what their age. watch the Videos and make your own mind up!
Why Do Children Need to Play?
The Science of Nature
Childhood in the UK
If any of the above interest you, contact us now!