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 into camping season now
the first camp of the year is in a weeks time
SHILLINGFORD 3-6 MAY
then its the SWANAGE CAMP 24 MAY- 2 JUNE at downshay farm harmans cross
INSPIRE camp at berkhampstead is 28th-30 june
WATLINGTON is 28th august-1st september
were also doing some private camps as well .
NEW HOPE charity
ST MERYLS SCHOOL
LINK 4 GROWTH
DIARY OF EVENTS
JANUARY 5th WALK IN MUD OR SNOW
FEBUARY 2rd walk 6 miles
MARCH 9TH WALK
APRIL 6TH -13th COTTAGE HOILDAY IN SCOTLAND
MAY 3RD –MAY 6 CAMPING AT BRIDGE HOUSE SHILLINGFORD OXFORDSHIRE 3DAY CAMP
INCLUDING CANOEING ON THE THAMES
MAY 24TH – JUNE 2rd CAMPING AT DOWNSHAY FARM SWANAGE
JUNE 28TH-30TH INSPIRE CAMP AT BERKHAMPSTEAD
AUGUST 28TH –SEPT 1ST CAMPING AT WHITE MARK FARM WATLINGTON