Sundays: 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th July and 5th & 12th August
Sunday 15th, 22nd & 29th July and 5th & 12th & 19th August
It is vital that our campers are aware of our rules at XUK. 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.
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:
It is vital that your child packs for their stay or assists you. Upon their return, they will need to pack their belongings back into their bags.
Unless you book the Airport/St Pancras transport we will assume you are coming directly to XUK. Seats on our transport runs are guaranteed only on full payment.
Airport/St Pancras (Eurostar) Service:
It is vital that we know the following information as early as possible for both inbound and outbound flights:
If the airline asks you to provide information about who will be collecting your child, please give them the following information:
Please look at ‘Getting to XUK’ for information about flight/train times and the airports/station we pick up/drop off your children.
There will be a wait at the airport or station. It is essential that you pack a snack for your child to have on their transfer.
Travelling directly to/from XUK:
Our address is - Abberley Hall School, Worcester, WR6 6DD.
Each Wednesday the whole camp goes to Oxford, Warwick or Stratford Upon Avon for a bit of shopping and sightseeing. 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.
If you’d like to book an optional extra, you must let us know before camp starts. There are limited places on all extras and they are booked on a first come first served basis. Please note that days & details of optional extras are subject to change.
For our Wednesday trip and Theme park optional extra we give parents of 16 and 17 year olds the option to let them go around town/theme park in small groups without being accompanied by our staff. In order to opt in to this, parents must complete the permission letter we will send before camp begins.
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 on Wednesdays (trip day)).
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:
Most phone networks have very patchy reception on our site. If ‘Juniors’ bring a mobile phone, they are subject to the following rules:
‘Intermediates’ & ‘Teens’ may bring a phone if they wish. We take no responsibility for its loss or damage. Phones may not be used during activity sessions, meetings or meal times.
Writing emails and letters:
Delivery of the post is very exciting for those who receive letters. The address is ‘XUK, c/o Abberley Hall School, Worcester, WR6 6DD.
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 email@example.com. These are handed out at the next available meal time.
If your child needs to bring medication with them to camp you will need to complete and return our 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.
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 difficult, 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 also urge you to contact us and we can discuss anything relating to your child.
Our dormitories range in size. We have smaller rooms that sleep three and dorms that sleep twelve. The average dorm size is four to six.
Please let us know if your child would like to share with any of their friends who are booked.
While every possible step is taken to accommodate dorm, circumstances can occasionally mean not everyone's wishes can be met.
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.
We advise approx £35 - £40 per week, which should be sufficient.
Pocket money can be spent on healthy snacks and merchandise at camp or to buy snacks & souvenirs on trips.
XUK is in the countryside and is very different to living in town. If your child suffers from asthma or hay fever there is a chance this will be worse than usual on camp.
At night time there are a number of animals and insects that are harmless but can get inside the building if doors and windows are open & lights are kept on. Our staff are trained to look out for this but we need children to support our efforts.
Each week we present the ‘XUK Citizen of the Week' award. This will be given to the best ‘Citizen’ at camp, who our leaders decide best sums up what’s good about XUK – a sense of humour, friendship, and a desire to make the most of camp. There will be a presentation each week and each winner will be offered one free week at one of our camps next year!