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Cumulus School Expedition

Mini expeditions in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset


A mini expedition for students who would thrive on activities requiring thought and planning, which are both challenging and exhilarating and who would benefit from developing and understand new skills to equip them for the expedition and for life itself.

The ‘Cumulus Curve’ on school expedition camps!

Example Programme:

Monday AM – Arrival
Monday PM – The afternoon will be spent doing a round robin of skills training such as Rope Skills and Knots, Navigation, First Aid and Team Building Tasks on-site.

Tuesday AM – High Ropes Course – Series of high elements and an abseil to practice rope work, team building.
Tuesday PM – Start of Expedition – Walk to the Bushcraft Site, set up camp/ Hennessy Hammocks and spend the night there.

Wednesday AM – Continue Expedition – Walk over the hill to catch the Steam Train to Swanage. Once in Swanage, Urban Orienteering fun competition in Swanage.
Wednesday PM – After lunch in Swanage – Catch High Speed Rib Boats from Swanage Pier to Brownsea Island (30 minute journey). Once at Brownsea Island, camp out in 2/ 3 man expedition tents and cook your own meal on a trangia.

Thursday AM – Continue Expedition – Walk from Brownsea Island catching the public boat and chain ferry across to Studland. Just before the campsite there will be a River Crossing for the group to complete. They will need to set up a system of getting the team and bags across the section of water just before the campsite. Again, putting team work, navigation and rope skills they have learnt to the test.
Thursday PM – Dorset Waterpark – Let your hair down!

Friday AM – Pack Up, On Site BBQ and Depart

Trip Checklist

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

FAQs - The Essentials


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 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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