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The excitement’s building for half term! With more camps open during the Autumn holiday than ever, we’re looking forward to a fun filled week at all our October camp locations.
We know there’s lots of things for parents to do to organise activities in the school holidays and we want to make things as easy as possible.
We’re all used to getting the family ready for their respective weekday destinations that we almost cruise through the mornings on auto pilot. During the school holidays, we need to get into a different routine and during half term, there’s hardly time to adjust before we’re back to normal again.
Don’t worry though, it really couldn’t be simpler at Barracudas. Treat this as a holiday for you too, as you don’t need to worry about handing in homework, having lunch money or if they have after school clubs. You can also forget calculators, special coloured pens and pencil cases too!
To help you and your child get organised for camp, here’s a handy guide of how to prepare and what to bring along for their activity day at our Autumn half term clubs:
No doubt you’re fully on top of this part, but just a few handy hints before their first day to avoid delays or disappointment:
Double check your booking. It’s always a good idea to check the dates and location before you come. We lead busy lives, and mistakes happen!
Complete your Essential Information form. Every child needs a completed and updated form for each season at Barracudas. This is now a fully online process, so the good news is you don’t need to print it out.
Make sure you have the QR code for your child’s booking. This will be sent to you with your booking confirmation and is what you’ll need to sign your child in and out with our new contactless system.
Why not download our new parent app. We introduced this in 2021 to offer you a seamless experience. You’ll not only be able to access your QR code, but also handy information about camp and our parent guide on the go!
Barracudas offers a wide range of activities to suit every interest. With 6 sessions each day and a choice for each, they’ll get the chance to take part in a variety of fun options this half term. From teamwork and sports to *swimming and arts and crafts, the possibilities are endless.
First and foremost, your child should be comfortable at camp. We suggest easy to wear and flexible clothing. They could be running around a field or creating an artistic masterpiece, so practicality is key.
The weather in October can be unpredictable. Where we can, we’ll be running as many sessions as possible outdoors but if it takes a turn for the worst, don’t worry, we always make sure we have lots of indoor space, so rain won’t ruin play! That said, it’s a good idea to pack some wet weather gear including a raincoat just in case.
Talking of weather, it’s getting a bit chillier now. Whilst children crank up their body temperature with all the running around, it’s a good idea to have some layers on at half term. They can peel them off and pop them back on depending on what they’re doing.
*Available at some camps. Check your camp page for more information.
They’re not going on a world tour; they don’t need a suitcase for camp!
Younger children may want to bring in spare jogging bottoms/t-shirt/leggings just in case, but this is a personal preference.
If your camp has a swimming pool, we also suggest bringing their swimming kit each day. As our timetables are confirmed for each group on the morning of camp, considering external factors such as the weather, we can’t provide the activity choices in advance. They’ll just need their swimsuit/trunks and towel and goggles if they prefer. If they require buoyancy aids or swimming hats, we can provide these.
We do recommend that all clothing is clearly labelled so we can reunite you with them if they go walkabout. This time of year, it’s more likely that they’ll be taking off and putting on coats and jumpers so it’s best to be safe than sorry!
We don’t offer any food at camp so each child will need to come in with a packed lunch. As well as lunch we have a morning and afternoon break for children to recharge and refuel, so some additional snacks for these times should be included.
There’s no access to fridges or food heating facilities at camp. We’d suggest preparing in the same way as you would for a school packed lunch, but remember it’s a busy and active day, so maybe a little more than usual! We’ve got some great tips for packed lunches at camp to help or why not look at our Waste Free Lunch ideas.
It can be thirsty work at camp so please send your child in with a refillable water bottle. We have numerous water stations available throughout our camps to keep children hydrated throughout the day.
This part couldn’t be simpler. They shouldn't need anything else! They won’t need money, as there’s nothing to buy at camp. They won’t need any additional forms of entertainment, including toys, iPads, iPods or tablets.
We advise not bringing in mobile phones but can understand some older children who are making their way to and from camp on their own may want to take these. Phones will not be permitted to use during the day and are brought into camp at the owner's risk.
As Barracudas can’t take responsibility for any items at camp please leave your valuables at home. On the odd occasion things can go missing. Whilst we make every effort to avoid this and to reunite you with any items found, we can’t guarantee this. We’d hate it if something precious, from jewellery to clothing or even lunch boxes were lost during their time with us.
We also offer lots of useful information and reminders to all bookers before their child comes to camp. You can also see our full Parent Guide for more details. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!
We look forward to welcoming your child to our fun October half term camps.