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Essential XUK Excel information

Dates

Arrivals:
Sundays: 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th July and 6th & 13th August

Departures:
Sunday 16th, 23rd & 30th July and 6th & 13th & Saturday 19th August

Rules

It is vital that our campers are aware of our rules at XUK Excel. These are in place to ensure that every camper is happy, healthy and most importantly safe during their stay with us. Please go through the 'XUK Way' with your children before their stay.

Baggage

Please fit all luggage into one suitcase. Here is our kit list. When your child arrives, please ensure that they have the following items ready to hand in:

  • Medication in a named and sealed bag/container with
  • Money in a clearly marked envelope for our staff to put in our Camp Bank for safekeeping. Campers will have access to this money at set times.
  • Passports & tickets. We keep these for safekeeping.
  • EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for EU citizens only.
Campers during tug of war
Campers during tug of war

Arriving and Departing Modes

Unless you book the airport/Eurostar transport we will assume you are coming directly to XUK Excel. Seats on our transport runs are guaranteed only on full payment.

Campers during tug of war

Airport/Eurostar Service:

It is vital that we know the following information as early as possible for both inbound and outbound flights:

  • Airport (origin & destination)
  • Flight number
  • Airline
  • Arrival & Departure times

If the airline asks you to provide information about who will be collecting your child, please give them the following information:

  • Richard Bernstein, XUK Excel, Monmouth School, Almshouse Street, Monmouth, NP25 3XP
  • +44 (0)1600 710 432

Please look at ‘Getting to XUK Excel' for information about flight/train times and the airports/station we pick up/drop off your children.

Travelling directly to/from XUK Excel:

  • Arrival day: Check-in is between 15:30 and 16:30 Please do not arrive before 15:30. To ensure that the camp is at its best, we will not check in your child before that time
  • Departure day: Children must be collected between 10:00 and 11:00. Please arrive on time to collect your child

Our address is - Monmouth School, Almshouse Street, Monmouth NP25 3XP

Teenagers playing lacrosse
Teenagers playing lacrosse

Optional Afternoon English Lessons

If you’d like to book afternoon lessons, please let us know before camp starts. These are booked on a first come first served basis. There are limited places on all options. Please note that days and details of lessons are subject to change.

Teenagers playing lacrosse

Trips

Each week we will go on a whole camp trip to Bristol or Bath. There will also be the opportunity for your child to go into Monmouth to visit the local shops. A walk into the stunning countryside will also be on offer.

If we believe a child’s behaviour may put their, another child, or a member of staff’s safety at risk we reserve the right not to take them on trips.

Dates & venues of all trips are subject to change.

16 & 17 Year Olds

For our trips we give parents of 16 and 17 year olds the option to let them go around town in small groups without being accompanied by our staff. In order to opt in to this, parents must complete the letter sent to them prior to camp starting.

Girl during art activity at XUK summer camp
Girl during art activity at XUK summer camp

Contact with your Children

Phone: +44 (0)1600 710 432 - during XUK Excel only

Head office (09:00 – 16:30): +44 (0) 20 8922 9739

If we cannot answer please leave a detailed message. We will call you as soon as we can. Please be aware that our camp phone is not manned all the time (and will not be manned at all during trips).

Do not be alarmed if you do not get a call from your child. The probability is that you were engaged, out or your child is having too much fun!

Children can only use the office phone to call home once a week during their stay. This is because:

  • There is limited time during the day when children are not in activities, English lessons, eating or sleeping.
  • We need to keep our lines free for emergencies.
  • Children will not call home on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • It is vital if children have a problem they talk to us first so we can help them.
Girl during art activity at XUK summer camp

Mobiles phones

Children may bring a phone if they wish. We take no responsibility for its loss or damage. Phones may not be used during activity, English lessons, meetings or meal times.

Writing emails and letters

Delivery of the post is very exciting for those who receive letters. The address is 'XUK Excel, Monmouth School, Almshouse Street, Monmouth NP25 3XP'.

Any food sent (or brought to camp) may be checked. This is for the health and safety of all children and staff, some of whom have very specific allergies.

You can also send emails to your children to xukexcel@hotmail.com. These are handed out at the next available meal time.

Fantastic all weather pitch at XUK Excel
Fantastic all weather pitch at XUK Excel

Sun Cream and First Aid

By sending your child to XUK you are permitting staff to administer sun cream, painkillers, insect repellents, antihistamines, skin healing cream, plasters, throat soothers, heat rub,ice spray, diarrhoea relief, anti-inflammatories and rehydration salts as required.

If your child has any allergies or you do not wish your child to be given any medication please let us know urgently by telling us in writing immediately.

Fantastic all weather pitch at XUK Excel

Medication

If your child needs to bring medication with them to camp you will need to complete and return our electronic Medication Form.

We will not administer medication without the electronic form being completed.

By sending your child to XUK you are permitting staff to administer sun cream, painkillers, insect repellents, antihistamines, skin healing cream, plasters, throat soothers, heat rub, ice spray, diarrhoea relief, anti-inflammatories and rehydration salts as required.

If your child has any allergies or you do not wish your child to be given any particular medication please let us know urgently by telling us in writing immediately.

Teenagers Archery at XUK summer camp
Teenagers Archery at XUK summer camp

Dormitories

While every possible step is taken to accommodate dorm/room requests, circumstances can occasionally mean not everyone's wishes can be met.

If your child does wish to stay with friends, please let us know at the earliest opportunity.

Teenagers Archery at XUK summer camp

Settling In

Please help us help your child by telling them before and during camp to always talk to staff if they have any problems or concerns.

We understand that that this may be a new and challenging, experience and it is crucial our staff are the first point of contact for your child to make their stay as fun and easy as possible.

If you, the parent, have any concerns, we urge you to contact us and we can discuss anything relating to your child.

Laundry

Children staying for longer than one week who require laundry may pay for this service on site. There is a charge for this (£6 per bag - this can be shared among friends in a dorm) and will be taken off their pocket money.

This service is NOT SUITABLE FOR DELICATE OR EXPENSIVE CLOTHES, which should be washed by hand or not brought at all.

We advise all children to bring a net laundry bag!

Clothes that are not clearly labelled with your child’s name will be at risk of being lost if they are washed. This is your and your child’s responsibility.

Teenagers at XUK trip having fun
Teenagers at XUK trip having fun

Pocket Money

We advise approximately £35 - £40 per week, which should be sufficient.

Please allow for a damage levy of £5.00 per week. This will act as a deposit and may have a percentage, or the full amount, deducted if any damage is caused. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

Teenagers at XUK trip having fun

XUK Excel Citizen of the Week Award

Each week we present the ‘XUK Excel Citizen of the Week' award.

This will be given to the best ‘Citizen’ at camp, who our leaders decide demonstrate – a sense of humour, friendship, and a desire to make the most of camp.

Each winner will be offered one free week at one of our camps next year!