The Outdoor Group's aim is to get people together from all walks of life. Our focus is to provide cost effective weekend and longer camping holidays, with day activities in the winter months . We want to be community to one another and support each other as we venture out and about.
The Outdoor Group started with a vision to reach out to people who were struggling to take holidays, whether for financial reasons, lack of confidence or just needing a community environment. I shared the idea with our Vicar at our Church and he encouraged us to follow the vision God had given in the summer of 2012. We were warned that there was no money or help to get us started, but to go for it, with lots of encouragement and enthusiasm.
The camps have been growing and diversifying ever since. We started with 3 camps in the year, from Easter to the end of the summer holidays, but this has grown. We now provide camps for other local Churches, a homeless charity in Watford and a camp for families in our son's class. In 2016 interest grew in providing private and commercial camping, so it was decided that a Community Interest Company should grow out of the original idea, in order to reinvest profits back into the the Community Camps. As the commitment grew to provide more camps throughout the year, it became harder for us to provide all these on a voluntary basis.
What we do
The Outdoor Group provides opportunities for people to enjoy short camping holidays and learn new skills in the great outdoors.
People from all walks of life can enjoy time away, sharing fun, laughter, chores and exploring new areas in a Community atmosphere. The Group gives people the opportunity to take time out of their normal routines to think and take 'risks' in a safe environment.
During the winter months we enjoy day walks and cooking a roast dinner over an open fire (often in the rain or snow).
In the Spring and Summer we go under canvas and enjoy camping
Tents (from 2 - 8 berth)
Basic self inflating sleep mats
Sleeping bags for hire
Cook tent with a full working kitchen
Event Shelters (to accommodate about 25 people)
Food (cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and cooked dinner)
We can provide camps for people on a commercial basis for families, Church Youth Groups, Schools, Friends, Buisneses or anyone who would like to have a camp set up for them to enjoy.
well were getting into 2020 our day out in southend is this saturday 1st febuary
all the price for the camps are published and were starting to take bookings for the camps dont forget you can pay for your hoilday weekly or monthly .
it going to be a busy year we have quite a few booking for private camps were doing camps for some charitys also one for group the year 6 familys from our local school
and a camp for the local business /community group
link 4 growth.
DIARY OF EVENTS
JANUARY 4th WALK IN MUD OR SNOW
FEBUARY 1ST SOUTHEND ON SEA
MARCH 7TH WALK
MAY 7TH -10 CAMPING AT BRIDGE HOUSE SHILLINGFORD OXFORDSHIRE
[please note bank holiday Monday is now the Friday 8th may]
MAY 22RD -31ST MAY CAMPING AT DOWNSHAY FARM SWANAGE
CAMPING AT SEA VIEW CAMPSITE SLAPTON SANDS DEVON
[this is a week long camp only , no odd days just a weeks camp]