Watersports Camp 2020

Tuesday 26th May – Friday 29th May

Open to those in Yr 5 – Yr 8

The Exploration Society are delighted to invite children in Years 5-8 on a Watersports camp set in the Norfolk Broads National Park this May Half Term. The children will learn how to sail and canoe and explore the Broads on foot and by boat from their waterside campsite. Limited places so book today!


Travel, Food and Accomodation

The group will travel up to Norfolk by coach from London, a journey of around 3hrs with a break halfway, arriving at Salhouse Broad campsite in time for lunch. Any children joining from Cambridge will be picked up from Fourwentways services on route.

During our stay we will camp on the private campsite next to Salhouse Broad, making it ideal for our activity programme. The children will stay in groups of four or five in our large comfortable canvas bell tents, complete with carpets, sleeping mattresses and fairy lights. Toilets are close by and instructors will camp in the field too in case they are needed overnight. We will erect a large shelter for activities and meals in case the weather is poor.

Meals will be prepared from fresh ingredients with the children will assemble their own lunches and help cook dinner over the campfires. A buffet breakfast with hot and cold options will get everyone ready for an active day! We will also provide mid morning and mid afternoon snacks.

Showers will be available on the motor cruiser which will be moored up next to the campsite.


During the course of the week we will run an exciting activity programme on and around the water. By keeping the number of participants on camp low, we can ensure everyone gets plenty of opportunity to develop their skills.


We will run sailing sessions in traditional wooden Broads boats where 5 children sail together with one of our instructors, overseen by a safety speed boat. They will all get to take the helm, set the sails and play games and races with the other boats.


When the wind is either too light or too strong for sailing, and as an evening activity, we will run canoeing sessions where the group will learn the basic paddle strokes and work with a partner to navigate their boat confidently around the lake and explore the local nature reserve

Target Sports

Back at camp we will set up some ranges where groups can try their hand at axe throwing, archery, catapults and building trebuchets, competing with other teams to get the highest scores of the camp.


“Once again the Buccaneer’s trip was a hit with our 13 year old daughter. She came back buzzing about the adventures she’d had and eager to attend again. Thank you for providing her with such a quality, inspirational experience!”

Safety and Leadership

We will adhere to a number of protocols to ensure the children have a safe and enjoyable time at camp including:

  • Buoyancy Aids will be worn at all times when on the water
  • There will be a high ratio of well-qualified instructors to lead the activities
  • All staff are First Aid Trained and we will carry a comprehensive medical kit
  • When sailing, there will be at least one experienced sailor per boat
  • The children will be given specific Safety briefings before all activities
  • The boats are well maintained and sourced from reputable and trusted Boatyards
  • A detailed risk assessment is prepared for all activities
  • A small, fast rescue boat will be accompanying the fleet at all times during the trip

“The instructors are always enthusiastic and friendly, inspiring role models for the children.”

Kit List

You may also want to read our general notes on clothing and kit


  • Kitbag / Holdall / Suitcase
  • Warm Sleeping bag + Pillow
  • Small day bag for outings
  • Shoes to wear while sailing (Wellingtons ideally)
  • Shoes to wear for everyday use (walking shoes or trainers)
  • Underwear & plenty of warm socks
  • Thermal underwear (just in case its nippy)
  • Light hard wearing trousers/ warm leggings (not jeans – these are almost impossible to dry once wet!)
  • Warm fleeces/Jumpers
  • T-shirts/shirts
  • Gloves, Hat, Scarf/buff
  • Sunglasses in case of bright sun
  • Waterbottle (A plastic/metal Sigg style bottle is best)
  • Full Waterproofs (Trousers AND jacket) – to get 15% off and free delivery on all orders at our partner Muddy Puddles, use the code EXSOC1117
  • General toiletries and Towel
  • Pyjamas
  • Head torch
  • Packed lunch for Day 1


  • Reading book / Games
  • Teddy Bear
  • Disposable camera

Electronics and personal mobile phones are not permitted on this expedition. All leaders will be carrying phones and we will update our blog with news and photos throughout the week.

Booking and Fees

The cost for this trip is £495 pp. This includes:

  • Return transport to Norfolk
  • Hire of Canoes, Sailing boats, safety boat and a Motor Cruiser
  • Staff instructor ratio of approx 1:5
  • Camping fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Food from Tuesday evening to Friday lunchtime
  • All applicable taxes and card fees

A 20% deposit of £99 will be charged as a deposit when booking.  The remaining balance of £396 will be invoiced in Feburary 2020.


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