The Outdoors Project, Sussex
Need something fun for the kids to do over the school holidays? The Outdoors Project to the rescue with locations across the county.
The old work/family juggle never gets easier and the solution is often screen-time or so-so kids clubs, so imagine my delight when I discovered the fab outdoorsy adventure kids club, The Outdoors Project.
Offering after school and holiday clubs, the Outdoors Project takes place in schools, local parks and green spaces in Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Crawley, Lancing, Shoreham, Three Bridges and Worthing.
Wind, rain or blazing sunshine, the clubs go ahead, getting kids outdoors to let off steam, make friends and have a go at activities they might never have tried before. The clubs range from activities like bushcraft such as building a freestanding shelter to camp out in or fire lighting, or they could have a go at twine, arrow head and craft sessions or making para cord survival bracelets – they might even pick up a life skill or two.
For the gamers, there’s clever ideas such as ‘Tech meets Nature’ where activities are based on popular video games, be it set on earth or in a cursed forest where the kids build and maintain a village, craft weapons and earn points – clever huh?
There’s also team building, activities based around books and seasonal camps themed around Halloween and so on… the games are always changing so kids can go back again and again and not get bored – and they will want to go back because The Outdoors Project has cleverly created a stamp card, which they can exchange for a patch when it’s completed – and forget boy scouts – these are street-wise stamps, with cool designs.
The clubs are suitable for kids in Primary School Year 1 – Year 6 and run 10-3pm in the holidays and at weekends and after school in certain locations. Importantly, the staff (who come from backgrounds in teaching, SEN, forest school, sports coaching, bushcraft and childcare) are fully trained, DBS checked, and First Aid trained and there’s update training throughout the year to keep things fresh and skills honed. That’s piece of mind then… and did I mention they do kids parties? Dream. Come. True!
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