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Cumulus Coast

An action-packed adventure residential on the world famous Jurassic Coastline

Overview

An action-packed programme of bushcraft, coasteering, waterparkkayaking, mackerel fishing, crabbing, rock-climbing & abseiling, a Cumulus Coast adventure is the perfect choice for a school trip or leavers’ camp. Fun and educational, with links to the National Curriculum, the 3, 4 or 5 day programmes encourage students to enjoy and explore the great outdoors.

Read our glowing report from one of our 2017 adventure school trips…

 

Set in a secluded, exclusive camp on the edge of Poole Harbour, with 24 hour on-site pastoral care, each programme combines traditional bushcraft workshops with adventurous activities, from coasteering to kayaking and abseiling down sea cliffs.

  • The opportunity for all ages to experience an authentic outdoor adventure on the beautiful Jurassic coastline of Dorset – the perfect location for adventure activities
  • We have the staff and knowledge to deliver the experience of a lifetime.
  • The best camp accommodation in the area and the best staff for your group.
  • The highest staffing ratios for your adventure activities – you get activities that are safe, exciting and transformational.

As a business partner of the Jurassic Coast Trust we are now also able to offer bespoke educational sessions to incorporate added depth to your programme of activities into your school’s programme, provided by the Jurassic Coast Trust team of specialist ambassadors.

Activities

  • Camp-craft: Students will work through workshops scenarios which cover a range of Bushcraft skills. Tailored to meet the age and abilities of the group, these workshops are designed to enhance their skills.
  • Kayaking: The students will have a lot of fun, learning how to control their kayaks and developing confidence in the water through basic paddle strokes and water safety techniques.
  • Mackerel Fishing: Students will be taken along the coast to the best fishing spots with a friendly skipper who will show them the ropes and explain the fishing technique. Hopefully bringing back lots of Mackerel for the camp fire!
  • Rock Climbing & Abseiling: The students will learn how to fit a climbing harness, tie basic climbing knots and enjoy sea cliff climbing.
  • Coasteering: An action-packed adventure along the world famous Jurassic Coastline, coasteering takes students on an exploration of caves, rock pools and cliffs. The activity includes swimming, scrambling and cliff jumping.
  • Dorset WaterparkDorset Waterpark is a huge Woodland Waterpark spread over two lakes overlooking Corfe Castle. Each lake features different challenges for the students to tackle.
  • In-camp entertainment: The students will work in their teams to compete in a series of fun games and activities.

Food & Accommodation

Our coastal camp is set in the heart of stunning woodland next to Poole Harbour, where our students and teachers will all stay under canvas making for a functional and practical campsite in a beautiful location. All of our meals are cooked at camp, using plenty of fresh ingredients. The campsite also boasts a large communual tipi with a central fire pit, a fully equipped kitchen with a generator for charging phones and laptops, plus we will take the students off your hands with our 24 hour on-site pastoral care.

Example Menu

Breakfast: Full English breakfast

Lunch: Beef Fajitas

Dinner: Sausage hot pot with mash / Dessert: Cheesecake

Health & Sanitation

We provide the highest level of health and safety on our courses. The camp has toilets and showers that are free of charge.

Special Dietary Requirements

Our meals are freshly prepared on-site each day and we cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and nut free.

Trip Checklist

If you’re a teacher or youth group leader check out our school residential trip checklist

FAQs - The Essentials

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What will my child get to eat on the camp?

Cumulus Outdoors will provide the food throughout the camp, so no need for a packed lunch! There will be a set menu prior to the camp commencement.  All packed lunches are made on-site by the students. All dietary and religious requirements are catered for and we strictly have a no nut on camp policy.

What sort of activities take place on camp?

Depending on the programme, the students will be taking part in Coasteering on the Jurassic Coast at a place called Dancing Ledge as well as Climbing & Abseiling. Kayaking is also a popular activity where students sit in ‘sit on top’ kayaks which are very safe and offer 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 on offer include Bushcraft, Waterpark, High Ropes course and more.

What equipment will my child need?

There will be a kit list sent out to all students. 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 main canvas 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.

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.

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5/5 based on 6 reviews
 

Review Entries

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5/5

I'm off to start planning how I can get on the trip again next year!

I just wanted to drop a quick message into the main office so that you are all aware how pleased, grateful and appreciative not only I, but the school and parents too, for how much the children enjoyed their week in Dorset.

It was great to get them away from their computers and phones for the week and get them doing things that kids their age should be doing; exploring, climbing, foraging and singing ridiculous songs at night time instead of sleeping! We were in more than safe hands with Luke, Paul and Alice on camp and it was also impressive to have Roxie, Sam and Tom pay us a visit while we were there too.

Having worked in similar environments to this prior to my teaching days (last week makes me miss it!) I recall how difficult it is to please everyone and with quite a range in characters I thought it was going to be a tricky one getting some kids involved. I was wrong. With Luke's entertaining and encouraging ways, Paul's encyclopaedic knowledge and Alice cooking up a storm there was plenty to keep everyone happy.

All of the activities pushed the children beyond their comfort zone; from the shy to more adventurous they all had their own challenges to tackle. This kept some in check, gave the quieter ones a chance to shine and unearthed a sense of adventure in some that they never knew existed - who knew how good fresh mackerel cooked over the fire could be or that we were camped so close to our supply of groceries tasty enough to supply Waitrose. In all it was just what the kids needed and exceeded all that I could have hoped they would take from it.

Thank you to all involved with organising our week away and thanks in particular, again, to Luke, Paul and Alice.

All the best for the remainder of the season, I'm off to start planning how I can get on the trip again next year!

Tom Lloyd

Cumulus Coast Camp June 2017

5/5

5/5

Great Camp

The camp was a great success, all our students had a great time and gained much from the experience. The staff and instructors were very caring towards the students particularly when they were ill and also dealt with behavioural discipline issues in a consistent manner.
The camp ran well, it seemed very well organised with timings feeling just right with no one getting rushed but moving activities on if attention was waining. There was also great flexibility and adaptiveness with situations outside of camp control with an excellent Plan B when weather prevented coasteering! Great attention to detail especially with dietary requirements. Thank you!

5/5

5/5

“Enjoying an exceptional experience”

The Cumulus Coast programme was very well planned and expertly delivered. The students really benefited from the knowledge and expertise of the staff and instructors which ensured they achieved the very best they could while thoroughly enjoying an exceptional experience.

Tim Clarke

Cumulus Coast Camp June 2017

5/5

5/5

Excellent

Excellent group leader; very professional, helpful and brilliant with the students. The variety of activities during the week was great and really enjoyed by everyone. All campsite staff to management and activity staff are all extremely helpful, brilliant with the students and clearly love their jobs which makes all a very positive experience. Thank you!
Cumulus Coast Camp in June 2016

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5/5

First Class!

I'd just like to say a huge thank you for last week. Children (and adults) greatly enjoyed the experience and have arrived back at school full of stories and just about recovered from the week. Please thank Havi, Beth and Nathan on our behalf; the care that the children received was first class. We look forward to seeing you next year,”

Rachel McTavish
Aldenham School
May 2018

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5/5

Fantastic time

I just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail to say what a fantastic time we all had with you guys at Cumulus. Despite the rain we were all buzzing on our return. Please pass on our sincere thanks to Roxy, SJ, Tom and the rest of the team there. They were all great.

I asked the kids to write a brief sentence or two about the trip…

“This was the best experience ever!”
“The food was so tasty!”
“I loved the songs and rhymes”
“Staff were amazing”

So many great comments.

I have had so many positive e-mails from parents about the trip. So, again thank you so much.

Can I wish you all a wonderful Summer.

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