Aims of The Outdoor Group
The Outdoor Group aims 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.
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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.
covid plan for camps
Tents to be pitched a minimum of 6 meters apart: the ODG will pitch all its own booked tents.
Social distancing to be maintained at all times (in accordance with Government Guidelines at time of holiday).
Where social distancing cannot be maintained use of correct PPE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED.
Each person / family will be provided with a bag containing cutlery plates and mugs etc. This is yours to use during your stay. You are responsible for washing these up. Please return at the end of your stay. There will be a box to leave them in.
Please bring your own wine / beer glass for drinking. We have disposable cups, but it never tastes the same from one of them.
Cook tent and van is out of bounds to everyone except ODG STAFF.
We will do all the cooking and washing up of pots and pans.
We will make up your choice of take away lunch.
PEOPLE WILL BE SERVED IN FAMILY GROUPS, ONE FAMILY AT A TIME.
Washing up sinks at the camp facility block can only have one person at a sink at a time. This is to reduce the number of people in the block to maintain social distancing.
Teas and coffee will be made by ODG STAFF or a nominated person for that day.
If you use one of our sleep mats please leave it at the collection point (I will tell you where that is when on site, probably by the van), so we can wipe down all mats with antibacterial spray.
If you use one of our sleeping bags, please place in the provided black bin bag and leave it at the collection point.
Please allow social distancing guidelines to be followed in the dinning shelter. I will arrange tables so conversation can still take place.
If necessary, I will erect extra shelters.
MAX 2 FAMILIES IN 0NE DINING SHELTER IF SPACE ALLOWS.
We will have the fireboxes lit, but please keep to social distancing rules around it. If necessary, I will light a second firebox.
MAX 2 FAMILIES AROUND A FIEBOX AT ANY ONE TIME.
PLEASE KEEP TO SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES
Please remember to wash your hands regularly during your stay.
We will do our upmost to provide alcohol Gel at various places, but please bring you own as a backup.
CHILDREN AND TAPS
Will parents please make sure children do not touch taps on the field or in facility block to fill up water soakers /pistol, water carriers etc.
Please bring your own chairs, if possible, to help reduce the sharing of equipment. The table benches will be wiped down after use.
DIARY OF EVENTS
FRIDAY 28TH MAY-SUNDAY 6TH JUNE
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SWANAGE CAMP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
SATURDAY 21ST AUGUST-MONDAY 30TH AUGUST
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