Information for children

What you can expect…

Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been before, coming to one of our residential outdoor centres is going to be enjoyable, challenging and exhilarating. You’ll be experiencing some real adventures in very exciting places – rivers, caves, crags, mountains and gorges.

If it’s your first time away from home, don’t worry, our centres are homely, warm and comfortable and we cook fantastic, tasty food. Please let your teacher know if there is any food you can’t eat so we can find something you like.

Breakfast is cereals, toast, and a hot cooked option (maybe beans on toast or bacon and eggs)

We have a packed lunch (sandwich, crisps, fruit) usually eaten off site. You will need to make your own sandwiches each day just before starting breakfast.

At the end of the day, you will have a hot meal such as pizza, pasta, fish fingers and curry. There will always be a choice and each day there will be different meals to choose from.

Being away with your friends is probably exciting, nerve-wracking and a little bit scary! But we aim to make it lots of fun. The boys and girls will live on separate corridors, in small dormitories with bunk beds, so you won’t be alone at night. There are ample toilet facilities and the showers are lovely and hot and each have their own cubicle, so no sharing needed.

We expect you to help us in making the trip go smoothly. You will need to keep your bedroom clean and tidy, maybe hovering up! You will make you own bed, help out with cleaning tables after meals and make a packed lunch for yourself each day.

Your activities will be organised in advance so you should have the chance to get involved in the planning from the start. The more you do this, the better the course becomes. Make sure you talk to your teacher or organiser and find out what they have planned and you can get a heads-up on what to expect.

We want you to experience success and to understand what teamwork really means. To make this happen you will need to make sure you follow instructions, act responsibly and safely, consider others – and to have a go at everything!

Download a guide to high quality outdoor learning

Download the ‘very useful’ kit list [please send through to daleevans@monmouthshire.gov.uk]

Booking Information

Bookings are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s always worth having a chat with us as we can be flexible on timings and activities and sometimes groups can get a booking after there has been a cancellation.

How much deposit will I need to send you?

Please do not send your deposit with your application. Our charges detail the nominal deposits required for each centre. Deposits are due for payment 10 weeks prior to the start of your visit. 

Cheques made payable to Monmouthshire C.C. are non-returnable or transferable. If deposits do not reach us by the required date your booking will be re-allocated.

How do I finalise the details of my booking?

You are welcome to contact the centre and discuss your programme. 10 weeks prior to your visit you will need to send to the centre, a completed reply slip detailing the final make-up of your party (final payment will be based on these numbers) and confirmation of the programme that you will be following.

When shall I send the final balance?

We will issue a final invoice immediately your group arrive at site. Cheques should be made payable to Monmouthshire C.C.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you should need to make a cancellation, please let us know as soon as possible. We ask you to confirm cancellations in writing to eliminate misunderstandings and errors. 

If cancellation is made less than 6 weeks prior to the start of the course then full course fees (equivalent to the cost of a minimum number centre booking) are payable.

Insurance

MonLife Outdoor Education has third party liability cover of £15 million. You are advised to contact your own insurance broker should you wish to take out cover for personal accident or loss or damage to personal effects.

What you need to tell parents

We recommend to party leaders that parents of any client under 18 are made fully aware of the programme to be followed and informed of the qualifications and experience of staff who are to lead activities (see below).

The centres have adequate Public Liability Insurance. Personal Accident Insurance can be arranged through the party leader.

Clients will be asked to supply details of home and work telephone numbers of next of kin, the client’s doctor and any relevant medical conditions.

We can offer advice and assistance if you wish to organise and deliver your own courses in environmental and field studies.

How are bookings allocated?

We begin to accept bookings from other users in July. Bookings are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Demand is high and we are not always able to provide everyone with their first choice.

We may refer to last year’s allocation to ensure that applicants who were not previously successful are given priority.

In the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a booking, you will be placed on the reserve list and informed of available dates as they occur.