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Top 5 Residential Summer Camps for Under 10s

7 June 2023

If your kids are the type who thrive on adventure and independence, why not send them on a residential camp this summer? They’ll be kept busy with exciting sports and outdoor activities, making new friends and learning new skills. You’ll be amazed by the stories they bring back with them. Read on for our top five:

Camp Cooper Summer Camp

Camp Cooper, taking place at two locations in Scotland, provides a classic American summer camp experience for children from the age of 7. The camp offers a wide range of activities, including singing, dressing up, and campfires, that help create a fun and memorable experience for kids. Youngsters can choose their own programme to explore and develop their skills and interests in areas including sports and performing arts. The camp attracts children from many countries, so there are opportunities to make new friends and learn about other cultures.

PGL Summer Camp

Running since 1957, PGL has 12 centres and a wide range of activities and themed holidays available for kids aged 8 upwards. Classic seven-day multi-activity camps are the most popular, but shorter stays and themed weeks are also offered. Activities include abseiling, assault courses, climbing, kayaking, survival skills and zipwire, plus there programmes combining these with pony riding, cooking, sports, theme park visits and surfing and sailing, so there truly is something for everyone.  

Wellington Riding School Summer Camp

Wellington Riding School in Hampshire runs a residential camp with a wide range of activities for horse-loving kids aged 7 and over, from tack and turnout to musical rides and dressage. The coaches are some of the best in the business, and the facilities at this leading equestrian centre are second to none. In addition to riding activities, the camp offers trips to the cinema, swimming, karaoke, and board games in the evenings. So if your child is mad about horses, Wellington Riding School Summer Camp is the perfect place for them to spend their summer break.

Camp Kernow Summer Camp

Camp Kernow Summer Camp offers a unique opportunity to experience an environmental summer adventure for children from the age of 8. Set in 200 acres of organic farmland, woodland, streams, lakes, and hedgerows, the camp is powered entirely by sun and wind energy. This means campers can enjoy a true wilderness experience while learning about sustainable living. In addition, the camp offers a wide range of activities, from archery and canoeing to bushcraft and nature walks.

Wickedly Wonderful Summer Camp

Wickedly Wonderful, located on the coast in West Sussex, is ideal for children aged 6 and over to spend their summers. From pony riding and crabbing to boogie boarding and kayaking, there are plenty of activities to keep little ones entertained. In the evenings, they can toast marshmallows on the campfire with their new friends before crawling into their tents to sleep soundly. 

There are many great residential summer camps for under 10s, each offering a unique range of activities and experiences. Whether your child is interested in horse riding, environmental adventure, or just having fun with new friends, there's sure to be a camp perfect for them. So why not take a look at some options and find the perfect place for your child to enjoy their summer holidays?

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