People often ask us, what do you do between Easter and Summer Camps at Barracudas?
Well… once our Easter Camps close it’s all go, with just 91 days to get everything turned around and back out the door ready for the Summer Camps opening.
A huge part of what goes on at Barracudas is done at our warehouse, this is a large 14,906 square foot building based in Warboys Cambridgeshire and is set up with rows of racking all filled with activity equipment.
With 34 Summer Camps running this year we have a huge amount of equipment to get ready and sent off to all of our different schools. Each school receives 2 pallet loads around 8ft high each of equipment plus bouncy castles, trampolines, motor sports vehicles, team building equipment, balls, fencing masks and the aqua slide.
To get the equipment from our warehouse to all the Summer Camp locations our hard working equipment team spend the weekends before camps loading huge 18 tonne artic lorries with all the pallets and equipment, then drive around the schools dropping it off. The team then unpack the lorries and spend time training our seasonal staff how to use it. At the end of camps they then go around and collect it all and return it to the warehouse where the process repeats again ready for Easter.
Our team spend their days unpacking, counting, restocking, maintaining, cleaning and re packing the equipment. From counting out 1496 tennis balls, 894 archery arrows and over 3000 metres worth of extension leads to cleaning and maintaining 130 motor sports vehicles, 34 bouncy castles and restocking 78 first aid kits; it’s a very long process that takes a lot of time and effort!
Barracudas Activity Day Camps have 3 full time members of staff in the warehouse but hire additional staff between March and September, to help out with the busier times.