Cool camp for kids
Looking for a day camp to bung the kids during the school holidays? My daughter spent the day at Mavericks Camp in Banstead, and she loved it.
When your daughter climbs into the car after a day at a holiday camp and starts begging to do it again the next day, you know you’re onto a good thing.
Why didn’t I do this before? Last summer, my tween spent the day at Mavericks Camp at Banstead, and she had the time of her life.
And so did I – I got rid of her from 9am until 4pm which is some kind of heaven when you’re trying to work from home without interruptions. I love my darling girl, but she does like to chat!
Mavericks is a brand new day camp, set up by Jessica Smith, a former primary school teacher who has worked with kids since she was 14 including many years on holiday camps.
It’s run from Woodmansterne Primary School and the focus is on traditional camp activities like treasure hunts, arts and crafts, and nature trails, but there’s also things like cooking, trampolining, archery and quad biking.
The camp is run every weekday throughout the holidays (£40 for one day, £120 for three days, and £185 for the week – which I think is brilliant value) and the activities change each day.
My daughter with a friend which I always think makes it easier – but there were a couple of similar aged girls who had come on their own and they seemed perfectly happy.
Kids are divided into age groups – Mini Mavericks (3-4 years), Magical Mavericks (5-9 years) and Teen Mavericks (10+ years) – and activities are tailored to each group. A typical day for the Minis involves drama, dance, a nature trail, scooter time and various crafts. For the Magicals, expect them to do sports, archery, bouncy castle time, face painting, drama and jewellery making.
My daughter – a Teen Maverick – did quad biking (which she LOVED!), face painting, something involving cream pies and throwing, yy, and zz. Her camp leader for the day was Dom, a super friendly guy who seemed to be lots of fun. When I arrived to pick the girls up he came bounding over to say goodbye and filled me in on their day.
The girls were buzzing – they’d had such a good time – which is good news for parents who are looking for for childcare during the school holidays.