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A Typical Camp Day

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A Typical Camp Day

A typical day at a Zein Holiday Camp!

We pride ourselves on developing fun and engaging camps, which are totally individual to their surroundings and the number of children on camp, but our guide gives you a sneak peak of what happens on camp.

Children are grouped according to their age - Young Explorers are typically 4-6 or 7 years and Great Adventurers from 7 or 8 to 12 years. Some themed sessions are shorter for our Young Explorers, and the children are gently guided in their choices and options, whilst our Great Adventurers are given more autonomy and control over the shape of their day.  

We do at least 5 organised sports and/or activities on camp on an individual day and every day is different, as is every venue, so the list below is intended as a general guide only.  Clearly, there are also regular toilet breaks, opportunities for the application of sun cream, hand washing and so on, which are not specified in detail below.  We also always make sure that fresh water is available throughout the day for all the children.  Parts of the programme below are not applicable on Field Trip days.

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08:00 – 09:45

Arrival & free play - breakfast snack

Children can arrive from 08.00am – and we ask that all children are with us by no later than 09:30 so we can get started with the day. 
Breakfast cereals are served for those who want between 09:00 and 09:45.

09:45 – 10:00

Morning Meeting

A chance to come together and discuss the plans and activities for the day – and to allow children to express their preferences or share their ideas.

10:00 – 11:00

Theme Based Activity
Session 1

On a Monday this first session often takes the form of a team building / group activity to help ensure that the children get to know each other and 'gel' as a group.  Smaller groups are formed and a choice of the day's activities offered. Activity could be indoors or outdoors.

11:00 – 12:00

Theme Based Activity
Session 2

Following a water & toilet break, weather permitting this Second Activity Session is outdoors.
Smaller groups are formed and a choice of the day's activities offered

12:00 – 13:00

Wash Up & Lunch

Children wash up ready for lunch. Lunch is prepared fresh by our staff - basic, wholesome food such as wraps, pasta or rice, cooked meats, cheese, fruit and vegetables are all daily favourites.

13:00 - 13:30
Quiet Time / Free Play
A moment for the children to relax after lunch and engage in their choice of quiet activity, on their own or with friends.  Younger children have a longer period of free play before joining the next session.

13:00 – 14:00

Theme Based Activity
Session 3

Third Activity Session - a continuation from the morning, building on skills, techniques, projects etc.

14:30 – 15:30

Theme Based Activity
Session 4

Fourth Activity Session - smaller groups are formed and a choice of the day's activities offered

15:30 – 16:10

Afternoon Snack

Some light refreshments for our busy campers - fresh fruit, vegetable crudités and crackers are a good example of the type of food served.

16:10 – 17:30

Outdoor Sports / Recreational Team Games

A time to come together and have some fun - a range of age appropriate team games and activities are played with the leaders taking part too.

17:30 – 18:30

Start of Pick Up Time

Activities & Free Play

As some of the early pick ups start, all children have a choice of continuing with a planned activity or playing with some of the toys and games put out for their use.  Outside play is always one of the choices on offer.


Centre Closes

Last children are collected and staff prepare for another exciting camp day to come...

While the centre closes at 18:30, it is advisable to arrive not later than 18:20 to give you and your child time to prepare for home as well as receive an update from a teacher


The precise timing of field trips can vary according to the location being visited, and whether we are joining up with children from other Zein Camp locations.  The following is a general guide:

Early Trips  :  Depart 10:30  Return approx. 14:30

Late Trips  :  Depart 13:30  Return approx 17:00