The TeamCamp programme comprises three core elements: Action, Drama, and Life-Skills. Above all, we have designed related activities to be engaging, team orientated, and fun.
Children are age grouped and activities vary by age group. For example, 3 to 6 year olds follow a simplified core programme, with a greater focus on arts and crafts; while 9 to 14 year olds get more opportunities to lead activities and more skills workshops.
The TeamCamp programme operates in a weekly format with most activities taking place in core teams of 5 or 6 participants. Some activities span the whole week and groups build a strong team over the course of each week.
Because of this, it is preferable for children to attend in complete weekly periods. This maintains the sense of mutual support in any given week, and allows children to work through activities and challenges together.
Personal attention and coaching: Core teams each have their own staff Team Mentor. Some activities involve alternative teams across age boundaries. The Team Mentor acts as a facilitator to team activities, and helps the team avoid counterproductive patterns (e.g. blaming), while encouraging positive ones (e.g. active listening).
Each week, activities packed with flexibility and variety: Each week has a different theme that ensures that different activity types remain fresh each week. Games, challenges, activities, and teams change each week. Participants may select different roles too, for example the drama project provides the choice between editing, direction, prop-making, wardrobe, and performance activities.
Each day begins and ends with free choice activities, where children may engage in reading, art, sport, table tennis, or other games. This period also enables flexible drop off and pick up times. Activities blend the three core elements of Action, Drama, and Life-Skills:
Action: The action element includes team-based action games, music, and sports. As well as fitness, fun and team working, it builds body awareness, rhythm, and confidence. To this end, there are not only team games such as Football or Dodgeball, but also Street Dance, African Drumming and introductory Yoga. Finally, some activities we include just for the fun of them, such as team laser tag in a massive blow up maze with specially trained staff.
Drama: Participants are split into teams to develop short plays that they will perform at the end of the week. Those who prefer not to perform may instead focus on script writing, direction, and prop making. In support of this, there are masterclasses in acting (with tips from top drama schools) and creative writing (sharing tips from successful authors). Finally, there are drama games for building creative improvisation skills in suitably silly scenarios.
Life-Skills: The Life-Skills element makes use of exciting team based games to introduce and practice core skills in leadership, teamwork, negotiation, and personal psychology. To put these skills into practice in a fun and engaging way, 'Raid & Trade' and/or 'Team Attack!' (games created exclusively for TeamCamp), take place throughout the week. Participants take on different leadership, character, and activity roles to bring their team glory!
Here follows three example timetables for each of the three age groups. Not shown in the timetables is the 15 minute morning and afternoon breaks. For information on timings, please see Locations, Dates, & Times and/or FAQs (which has other info about the timetable too).
Matilda spoke about the activities non-stop and was so excited to be going each morning.
My favourite thing was laser tag and playing outside with my new friends Molly and Matilda.