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Survival Camp

Survival Camp is a popular choice for children keen to learn how to survive in the wild!

Perfect for experienced survival fans and those wanting to try something new, children will explore the Fairthorne woods and water, learning fire lighting skills, shelter building and much more. Children even have a chance to sleep under the stars during the summer.

Additional help for parents

To make busy schedules easier we offer the following Survival Camp extras:

Stay overnight or longer

Children can extend the fun of all of our camps by joining one of our residential options:

  • sleepover – all children on Survial Camp have the option of a sleepover during every Daycamp period.
  • Big Weekends – children aged 8 years and over can enjoy a 2 night stay from Friday to Sunday on selected weekends in the summer.
  • Residential Camp – children aged 8 years and over have the option of a 5 night stay at Easter or throughout the summer.

When do they run?

Survival Camp will be running on the following dates:

  • Whitsun: 30th May – 2nd June
  • Summer week 1: 31st July-4th August (not offered at weekends)
  • Summer week 2: 7th August-11th August (not offered at weekends)
  • Summer week 3: 14th August-18th August (not offered at weekends)
  • Summer week 4: 21st August-25th August (not offered at weekends)
  • Summer week 5: 29th August-1st September (not offered at weekends)

For details of all camps and themes please visit our  dates & prices page.

Challenge by choice

Many of the children that visit us are ready for greater challenges and the programme of Survival Camp activities allows them to fulfil their potential. Those who are not quite so eager will be sensitively encouraged to push themselves as far as they are happy to. Fairthorne Manor exercises a ‘challenge by choice’ policy, whereby no individual will be pressured to participate in an activity they are not ready for.

Children who require additional support

If your child requires additional support to access our schemes, please visit our support page for further information, including details on potential funding for buddies.

Through membership of the YMCA Community, you will have the chance to feel a greater sense of ownership and belonging, as well as enjoying exclusive member events, discounts and early booking discounts.  For more information visit our Membership page.

Children on Survival Camp will learn a whole range of survival skills, including fire lighting, shelter building and campfire cooking. Children can test their shelter building skills with an overnight camp. Children new to survival activities will be taught basic skills, whilst those more experienced will be able to enhance and practice their skills as well as learning some new ones.

See our sample programme for further information.

Daycamp prices

Daycamps are offered every school holiday.  For details on dates, prices and bookings please see our dates & prices page

Booking one of our camps couldn’t be easier:

  • Book online
  • Call us on 01489 785228 and book over the telephone
  • Visit us in person – our reception is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm

Please note, our Daycamps are very popular, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Daycamps must be booked by midday the Thursday before the Daycamp begins during periods, when full weeks must be booked.

Survival Camp is suitable for children in school years 4-11 (for the summer holidays those children about to start year 4 in September) and most popular with children in school years 4-9. If your child is in school year 10 or 11 they are welcome to join in but should be aware that the majority of the group is likely to be younger.  Children in school years 10-11 can only be booked onto this camp over the phone, online booking is not available.

We offer a variety of ways to pay:

  • Credit/debit card
  • Cheque (in person) in advance
  • Cash (in person) in advance
  • Childcare vouchers – if booking online or by telephone, you must pay in full at the time of booking using a credit/debit card and send us the vouchers for the childcare element of the booking with a clear reference of which child the payment relates to. Once we receive the vouchers, we will refund the voucher value back to the card with which you paid. It can take between 10-14 working days to refund you once we have received the vouchers. Alternatively, if booking by telephone, we can make a provisional booking and ask you to send the vouchers to us with your child’s name listed on the payment.  Once the vouchers are received, your booking is confirmed and a confirmation sent.  Please note that bookings are only confirmed once payment has been received.  We accept vouchers from a variety of listed childcare providers.  Childcare vouchers will only be refunded for eligible services that have been delivered within 6 months of receipt of a customers voucher.

Our Daycamp Booking Conditions are available as a download; please contact us if you would prefer a hard copy.

Survival Camp is suitable for children in school years 4*-11 but most popular with children in school years 4*-9. If your child is in school year 10 or 11 they are welcome to join in but should be aware that the majority of the group is likely to be younger. Children in school years 10-11 can only be booked onto this camp over the phone, online booking is not available. Children will be in multi-aged groups, but will be grouped with children of a similar age wherever possible.  Children will be in multi-aged groups, but will be grouped with children of a similar age wherever possible.

*for the summer holidays those children about to start year 4 in September

Children coming on our Survival Camp should come prepared to be outside whatever the weather. We are an outdoor centre, so your child will get muddy and dirty!  The vast majority of the activities on our Survival Camp are outside, so please ensure you send your child with clothing appropriate for all weathers.

Children attending Survival Camp should bring the following:

  • Packed lunch and a drink (refillable bottle as we have plenty of water points around site) or add a packed lunch to your booking
  • Snacks for breaks in the day
  • Warm clothing (Jacket, jumpers, t-shirts)
  • Shoes that can/will get wet
  • Towel (warm showers and changing facilities are available)
  • Spare clothes (a complete set including pants!)
  • Spare shoes to travel home in
  • Plastic bag (to put wet clothes in)
  • Optional tuck money (in a labelled money bag or purse)

Please do not send your child with flip flops or crocs, mobile phones, electronic equipment or other items of value as we cannot be held responsible for them.

If your child is attending residential camp please click for a full kit list.

Fairthorne Manor is located a short 10 minute drive from Junctions 7 and 10 of the M27, approximately 1 mile from the village of Botley near Hedge End. The full postal address is:

Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH

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