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Gear Up – Hyd

Gear Up for the Outdoor & Adventure Summer Camp

Congrats! On registering for the summer camp at Hyderabad 29 May - 02 June 2024

This page lists important information, documents for the summer camp

Important Instructions for the Hyderabad Summer Camp - 29 May - 02 June 2024

1. Documentation

Please Download, Print, Sign and Submit the following Documents at the Campsite on 29 May 2024

Attend Zoom Orientation Meeting -Sun 26 May - 10 am

Zoom Meeting Details will shared on your email and whatsapp. 

Please attend with your child. 

Timing: Sunday 26 May 2024 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am

2. Manneguda Campsite Address

Drop Zone Forest Campsite, Adjacent to Deccan Trails, Manneguda Village, Gangupally Tanda, Vikarabad, Telangana 501101

Parents to drop the kids at the campsite on 29 May between 9 am – 10 am.

Google Map : https://goo.gl/maps/ahN4b84E4DSKRBgJA

Campsite Incharge Phone for (call for camp Directions only): 9573498193 (Mahender) 

Outlife Camp Incharge Phone: 7729988781 (Diyanat)

Note: Pickup and Drop from Home can be provided at a addtional cost of Rs 5000 per kid.

Select Item

    Backpack/Rucksack for carrying all items to the camp.

      Bandanna/scarf /sun Hat/Cap

        Small Day Pack / Small Bag to carry things each day at camp.

          Dress clothes - 3 Full sleeve Tshirts / Full Track Pants / Under Garments

            Night Wear - Pyjamas and Tshirts.

              Hygiene products and Toiletries

                Mosquito repellent cream

                  UV protection cream / Sun Screen Cream

                    Washing Soap for clothes

                      Toilet / Tissue paper

                        Canvas / Sports/ Trekking shoes

                          Comb or Brush

                            Slippers/ Floaters

                              1 Poncho / Rain Coat
                              Select Item

                                *Steel Plate, Steel Mug, Spoon and a Empty Snacks Box

                                  *1 Bed Sheet/Blanket

                                    *Toothbrush and toothpaste

                                      *Bathing Soap and Shampoo

                                        *Flashlight/Torch

                                          *Towel and Napkin

                                            *Reusable 1 litre water bottle

                                              Umbrella/Rain coat

                                                2 Garbage Bags

                                                  5 pair Socks

                                                    Zip-locks to keep small items together

                                                      *Notebook and pen/pencil *Spare Specs

                                                        Camera (Optional)

                                                          Compass for Navigation (you get this at most stationary shops )

                                                          Note: No OUTSIDE SNACKS/FOOD, No SPRAYS/DEODORANT/PERFUMES (Which may attract insects so plz avoid), No Cosmetic Products Allowed in the Camp.

                                                          Preparing Your Child for Their First Camp Experience

                                                          Sending your child to an outdoor summer camp for the first time can be exciting, but also a bit daunting. Preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for your child.

                                                          Firstly, it’s important to talk to your child about what to expect at camp. Discuss the activities they’ll be doing, the friends they’ll make, and the fun they’ll have. This can help to build excitement and reduce any anxiety they may have.

                                                          Next, involve your child in the packing process. This can help them to feel more prepared and in control. It can also be a good opportunity to discuss the importance of each item they’re packing.

                                                          Lastly, reassure your child that it’s normal to feel a bit nervous or homesick at first. Let them know that the camp staff are there to help and that they can always reach out to them if they need anything.

                                                          Now, let’s delve into more detail about what to pack and how to handle homesickness and other challenges.

                                                          Handling Homesickness and Other Challenges

                                                          Homesickness is a common challenge for kids attending camp for the first time. It’s important to reassure your child that this is a normal feeling and that it usually passes after a few days.

                                                          Before camp, discuss strategies for coping with homesickness. This could include keeping a journal, writing letters home, or bringing a comforting item from home.

                                                          It’s also important to encourage your child to reach out to the camp staff if they’re feeling homesick or facing any other challenges. The staff are there to help and will have plenty of experience dealing with these issues.

                                                          Lastly, remind your child of all the fun activities they’ll be doing and the new friends they’ll be making. This can help to shift their focus from what they’re missing at home to the exciting experiences they’ll be having at camp.

                                                          Please make sure your ward/child understands the expectations from him/her and it’s advisable to let them read this document in its entirety

                                                          Camp Start: Camp will start on 29 May. Kids are to be dropped at Drop Zone Forest Campsite at Manneguda by 10 am. 

                                                          Visiting Camp

                                                          The Camp will be very busy with activities and parents are discouraged from visiting the camp or calling as it interferes with the schedule. In case of Emergency contact with the Outlife Team. 

                                                          Participant Phone Use

                                                          The camp experience is a way for children to develop a greater sense of independence. Therefore, no phone is available for participants to routinely make or receive calls. Cell Phones Not Allowed in the camp. Campers arriving with phones at camp must deposit the phone on arrival. The phone will be returned on the departure day.

                                                           Contacting Your Ward In An Emergency

                                                          We discourage parents from talking to their child during the entire duration of the camp as it interferes with their becoming independent and self-confident. In emergency circumstances, please get in touch with the Outlife Team or camp educators.

                                                          Parent Communication

                                                          Staff are trained to handle day-to-day situations that may arise during your child’s stay at camp in a safe and caring manner. 

                                                          Instances when you might expect to hear from camp staff for consultations or to arrange to pick up your child may include:

                                                          •Behavioural issues including bullying or verbal or physical aggression.

                                                          •Severe homesickness

                                                          •Illness with a fever over 100*F

                                                          •If your child receives medical care apart from regular first aid

                                                          •Daily Camp Updates would be shared with parents through Whatsapp by the end of the day on by the basis of convenience.

                                                          CAMP Communication Policy

                                                          The camp provides parents with the camp educators’ contact information and camp procedure around parent-child communication. 

                                                          Parents accustomed to communicating instantly with their children by cell phone, email or text messaging may have to adjust their expectations. 

                                                          Philosophy on which the camp communication policy is based.

                                                          Constant communication with parents is inconsistent with a camper developing his self-reliance and independence. However, be assured that the camp staff will contact you if there is any concern with your child, whether emotional, physical, or behavioural. Circumstances that merit a call could be any health issues, a visit to a hospital or doctor, or severe homesickness.

                                                          Our campsite policy does not allow campers to speak with parents by phone for several good reasons:

                                                          1. Phone service in camps is limited and cannot meet the demands of the entire camp population.

                                                          2. We prefer to keep phones open for day-to-day camp requirements and coordination or the rare emergency calls. 

                                                          3. Camp educators prefer to spend time with the campers rather than managing communications with parents.  

                                                          4. Philosophically, allowing campers to speak on the phone to their parents is counter-productive to the aims of the camp, which are to encourage campers to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, and independent.

                                                          5. If a child is homesick, hearing a parent’s voice usually makes things worse.

                                                          6. Phone calls cut into the day-to-day activities and schedule. 

                                                          7. Camp schedules are full of planned activities and special events. Scheduling parental visits or phone calls is an added complication in the busy schedule.

                                                          8. If a child has difficulty adjusting to camp, a parent’s phone call or visit usually worsens matters. 

                                                          9. It would be regrettable to reverse the camp staff’s hard work by asking for a phone call or visit after your child has overcome his initial struggle with homesickness. 

                                                          Daily Communication with Parents 

                                                          We would relay general information and pictures daily between 7 pm – 8 pm through WhatsApp each evening. 

                                                          Exceptions:

                                                          An exception to the no-phone call rule sometimes occurs when the child has a birthday. Other times it is to assure parents that their child has arrived at the campsite safely after travelling a significant distance on the first day of the camp. 

                                                          Please do not promise your child that you will call or visit when the camp policy does not allow it.

                                                          A good day to visit is the last day of your camp session. Your child can proudly give you the complete tour and introduce their educators and new friends; then, the family departs happily together. Parents will better appreciate the post-camp stories.

                                                          Camp Final Day:

                                                          Parents are requested to arrive at Campsite by 10 am for kids presentation and Pickup. Those who cannat attend the presentation are requestd to   pickup the child by 11:00 am from campsite
                                                          Camp ends by 11:00am on 02 June

                                                          • Participants should be able to carry their own luggage so avoid over packing.
                                                          • Please label all belongings with your child’s name.
                                                          • Since participants spend the majority of their time outside, please send clothing that is not expensive or new.
                                                          • Important: Participants have to label their clothing and belongings with their name with a marker pen
                                                          On Special Note:: Avoid tight clothing.

                                                          What not to bring to camp
                                                          • Cell phones, tabs, game players, Toys, DVD players, mp3 players, radios, e- readers, or video recorders or other electronic devices are not allowed in the camp. Any devices found will be confiscated and returned at end of the camp.
                                                          • Jewellery, expensive watches, Cash are not to be brought to the camp.
                                                          • Make-up or expensive clothing
                                                          • No perfumes or aerosol / pressured deodorants
                                                          • No Cosmetic Products
                                                          • Fireworks
                                                          • Personal sports equipment
                                                          • Knifes, Weapon, Sharp Objects, Matches, Cigarettes or alcohol are not allowed in the camp.
                                                          • Any prohibited items found with anyone will invite disciplinary action and removal from camp.
                                                          • No food, snacks or candy to be carried. Healthy veg meals and snacks will be provided to the kids at all times. Food at Camp is vegetarian only.

                                                          Outlife is committed to preserving the spirit of the Adventure camp. In our opinion, a cell phone, personal media players and other electronic devices
                                                          inhibits one’s link with camp experiences and diminishes the capacity to grow within a team and the natural environment. For these reasons we prohibit
                                                          participants from bringing cell phones and other electronics to camp. We have also found that kids who bring cell phones have a harder time adjusting to
                                                          camp life and can have more difficulty with homesickness. A large part of camp is learning to be independent and you can help your child
                                                          succeed by making sure the camp rules are followed.

                                                          Participants cannot leave the camp site on their own anytime during the entire duration of the camp without permission of the instructors/ parents.

                                                          No arguing, name-calling, or swearing, biting or hair pulling. 

                                                          Fights and quarrels and bullying are not allowed on the camp. 

                                                          Any fighting may warrant a disciplinary action.

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