Find out the answers to any questions you may have about our school residential trips. Read our FAQs below:

What food will we eat on camp?

Cumulus Outdoors will provide food throughout the camp. There will be a set menu prior to the camp commencement. A full breakfast, lunch (packed if off site) and a two course meal will be served along with various snacks and fresh fruit. All dietary and religious requirements can be catered for by our dedicated team. Where possible notification should be given prior to camp commencing.

What sort of activities take place on camp?

Depending on the programme, the students will be taking part in various adventure activities including Coasteering on the Jurassic Coast at a place called Dancing Ledge as well as Climbing & Abseiling. Kayaking is also a popular activity where students use ‘sit on top’ kayaks which are very safe and provide lots of games and laughter. Mackerel Fishing takes place in Swanage, the students hop on to a fishing boat and go mackerel fishing in the middle of Swanage Bay. Anything they catch can then be taken back to camp and the staff will show them how to gut and cook on the fire – yum! Other activities can include Bushcraft, Waterpark, High Ropes course and more.

What food will we eat on camp?

Cumulus Outdoors will provide food throughout the camp. There will be a set menu prior to the camp commencement. A full breakfast, lunch (packed if off site) and a two course meal will be served along with various snacks and fresh fruit. All dietary and religious requirements can be catered for by our dedicated team. Where possible notification should be given prior to camp commencing.

What sort of activities take place on camp?

Depending on the programme, the students will be taking part in various adventure activities including Coasteering on the Jurassic Coast at a place called Dancing Ledge as well as Climbing & Abseiling. Kayaking is also a popular activity where students use ‘sit on top’ kayaks which are very safe and provide lots of games and laughter. Mackerel Fishing takes place in Swanage, the students hop on to a fishing boat and go mackerel fishing in the middle of Swanage Bay. Anything they catch can then be taken back to camp and the staff will show them how to gut and cook on the fire – yum! Other activities can include Bushcraft, Waterpark, High Ropes course and more.

What if my child doesn’t want to do the activity?

During our activities we challenge the students to participate voluntarily, to push their comfort zone and test themselves. No child will be forced to do anything they don’t want to do.

What equipment will my child need?

We supply all the equipment your child will be using, they just need to bring clothes, medication and toiletries. There will be a kit list sent out prior to camp. We do stress that it is not necessary to go out and buy all new kit to come on our camps, so long as you have a sleeping bag and roll mat, torch, appropriate footwear and some warm clothes you will be fine.

Will there be someone ‘on call’ through the night?

A Cumulus policy on all camps is that two members of staff will remain under the central structure overnight (not in a tent), with a lantern or light on during the night. Should any students have any problems during the night, it is made very easy and clear where the students need to go to find help.

How many staff will be working on the camp?

We typically have a 1:12 ratio, sometimes we exceed this to 1:15 depending on the age of the students.

What happens in an emergency?

All the Cumulus Outdoors instructors are first aid qualified. Both camp staff and instructors will be on hand to deal with any emergency. Should we need to contact you, we have your contact details.

Will there be qualified first aiders on site?

All staff are first aid qualified, enhanced DBS checked as well as Level 2 Health and Hygiene qualified. All instructors on the activity sessions are appropriately qualified and their qualifications often exceed the minimum requirement.

Can I contact my child?

Our emergency contact number is manned 24/7 giving you a direct link to your child day and night in case of emergency.

What is the toilet and shower situation like?

All our tented villages come with portable toilets and showers. These are regularly cleaned and the showers are warm!

What happens if there is bad weather?

We rotate activities to best suit the weather. If the wind or swell is too strong for water sports, these will be switched for something land-based, such as rock climbing. We will always do our best to carry out the activities as per the programme.

What about pocket money?

There may be the opportunity to purchase some local souvenirs either on camp or in Swanage (programme dependant). We recommend a maximum of £5.00.

Is the campsite secure?

Yes. We have private sites for the sole use of Cumulus Outdoors groups. All adults are DBS checked and the gates are locked at night.

Are you insured?

Yes. We have £10 million public liability insurance. We are accredited by: Institute of Outdoor Learning, National Coasteering Charter, Adventure Activities Licensing Service, DofE Approved Activity Provider and Learning Outside the Classroom (LotC).