Partner Frequently Asked Questions
Residential Activity/ Behaviours Programme
What sort of activities will there be?
Whilst staying with Call of the Wild there will be a lot of different activities to take part in. Some will be indoor- based and focused on completion of tasks and problems to solve, some will be outdoors. The outdoors or our ‘Green Classroom’ gives everyone a place and a space to reflect on their learning away from the constraints of work.
Activity + Reflection = Learning – John Dewey
Outdoor tasks may include hill walking, caving, climbing, gorge walking, canyoning, raft building, river crossing or waterfall walking.
Will I be able to take part? What if I can’t or don’t think I can?
Everyone will have an equal opportunity to take part and will be safely supported to achieve, even though you may be scared at first. It will always, above all, be totally safe.
Nobody will be made to do anything they aren’t capable of or are too worried about doing.
It’s important that we now all about everyone’s medical and dietary needs prior to your arrival. We can then plan to make sure you get as much from the programme as possible without you feeling unable to take part in some of it for any reason.
Our aim is to ensure everyone learns to the maximum in the environment and how you feel about it is important to us.
There will be a designated and trained first aid person with the group at all times and ample back up and support to transport anyone if needed.
What if I can’t swim?
If a water based task is included then everyone will have wetsuits, a buoyancy aid and a helmet for any activity near or in the water. You do not need to be able to swim. Just trust in us and enjoy the experience. We will keep you safe.
What do I need to bring?
There will be a kit list sent to everyone prior to your arrival. Walking shoes or boots if you have them are ideal as it may be muddy and trainers will get wet. However strong shoes or wellies are an option too. Although we may be walking and climbing so wellies in this instance can be a problem. You will also need a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet if we work in the river at all.
What will the weather be like?
The weather in the Brecon Beacons can, as anywhere in the UK, vary from day to day and hour to hour. So we encourage at least one complete change of clothes for the outdoor activities. There will be ample space to dry it out after each day of activity
If the weather is too bad, we will find alternative activities that are safe and accessible. Although walking or caving in the snow can be lovely!
What are the sleeping arrangements like?
All of our accommodation is bunkhouse style. I.e. there are a number of comfortable bunkbeds in each shared room.
Rooms will either be all men or all women. No rooms are mixed sex.
Bathrooms and washing facilities
There are plenty of showers. Some in shared, same sex bathrooms, some are private ones in single bathrooms.
There are also plenty of toilets, including a disabled facility.
Will I be camping out at all?
This is a possibility but it will only be if weather permits and for one night only. It will be safe and all washroom facilities etc. catered for in nearby buildings. It will be fun and safe at all times.
What about food?
We will have our own chef and catering staff on –site, preparing all meals and snacks. We can cater for all dietary and religious needs. All we ask is that you tell us before you come on the medical forms so we can make sure we prepare all the right food for you.
There will also be facilities to make your own tea/coffee and soft drinks when you need to.
Wifi is variable and dependent on venue. We cannot guarantee a signal. Phone signals are quite good.
Where will it take place?
At an outdoor centre in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. The view is terrific and all you will hear is the sheep in the fields around. Venue details including directions will be forwarded to you in plenty of time. There is also one date in Scotland for those who may have longer travel times.
The National Park is in a designated Dark Skies area so you will see the heavens in all their glory at night, clouds permitting!