Activ Camps is always about safe, inclusive and active fun!
At Activ Camps we believe that children learn best when experiencing the world, and all its intensities, through play. Our goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for children to build fantastic friendships while developing an eagerness and confidence in being active and a curiosity to explore their surroundings and try new things.
Our sessions range from introducing adapted versions of the more traditional sports (rugby, football, cricket, netball and rounders) to outright madness on our giant inflatables.
All the while, however, children continue to develop their sports specific and fundamental motor skills in a safe and inclusive environment.
Activities can vary according to the age of the children, and we highly recommend you check venue pages for facilities like swimming pools
Please note, the age groups below are displayed to highlight the activities available to each age group, not the ages in the groups. Age differences in groups can vary based on who’s booked in for the day, however, we always look to group children of a similar age.
Our Holiday Camp Activities
No day at Activ Camps is complete without a go on a giant inflatable!
Activ Camps has an epic selection of giant inflatable slides and assault courses, as well as a ‘Total Wipeout’ style of Last Person Standing. These inflatables are unparalleled and a unique selling point of Activ Camps, especially as they rotate from camp to camp every couple of days meaning the anticipation and excitement levels are always off the charts!
So your children can get ready to bounce, slide, roll and have the time of their lives at Activ Camps! These inflatables include slides as high as 22ft, assault courses as long as 33 ft and slip ‘n’ slides piled high with bubbles.
Of course, health and safety is a top priority in these sessions with robust safety briefings and wind speed checks every session being examples of just a few steps that we take to keep this activity safe.
These fast-paced games include the likes of Capture the Flag and 40-40 Homie, where children can work in teams or as individuals to invade areas guarded by ‘catchers’ in an attempt to retrieve some treasure or reach the safety of a ‘base’.
These are amazing activities for stretching those legs and accelerating to full speed, whilst dodging and stepping those acting as catchers. Teams are given time to strategize, deciding how to work best to their individual and team strengths in order to outsmart the opposing team and achieve victory.
Invasion Games are great for developing the skills, strength and stamina needed for more mainstream team sports, such as rugby, football and hockey.
Embrace the wild and wacky in this series of ‘Crazy Games’, focusing on non-stop fun and being a little bit silly.
Activities include Uber-Olympics, where the equipment seems to have quadrupled in size, Parachute Games played with a giant and multicoloured parachute, and Run the Gauntlet where children have to dodge and duck their way through the gauntlet of balls before doing their most spectacular dive on to the giant mat. There’s also ‘Freak Out’ played with innumerable bouncing coloured balls that need to be captured before the opposing teams can.
And, in the summer, Water Fight Mania! Played with wet sponges, we start with adaptations of ‘Grandma’s Footsteps’ and ‘Stuck in the Mud’ allowing children to slowly get wetter and more silly before an all-out water fight. This is always a favourite and the staff always seem to come out of this soaked and smiling too.
These often hilarious and always unconventional challenges are fantastic fun for all.
Sporting Skills sessions are Activ Camps’ very own adapted versions of the more traditional sports focussed on in schools. They are played in a more fun, inclusive and creative way, allowing for the development of the core skills needed to succeed in the more mainstream and competitive sports.
Adaptations include Diamond Cricket, where we double the number of batters, and award points for great fielding and encouragement. There’s Handball, played to develop the pass-and-move strategy and skills needed for the highest level of netball. Also, sports such as football are played in the form of imaginative games such as Football Challenge and Shark Attack.
This approach protects your child from the pressure of feeling like they have to be an elite athlete, frees them from their pre-existing perception of how good they are at any given sport and, ultimately, allows them to feel confident and happy at our holiday camps.
Team Challenges require and lead to, developing fantastic teamwork, communication and leadership skills, as teams strategise their way to achieving a common goal.
These activities are designed to require the involvement of every player on the team before they can win or before they can score. Be that a pass before the team is allowed to shoot or, in Benchball, having to have the whole team up on the bench before the team can win!
These challenges foster camaraderie and trust, with the children required to work as one – a very special and valuable life skill to develop.
Rest & Relaxation
At such a non-stop fun, activity-focused holiday camp, it is important to take a moment to take a break and to recharge. However, we facilitate this in a structured and engaging way.
Activities such as Trust and Initiative, as well as Gutterball, allow teams to solve challenges by focusing on communication skills and teamwork. Whilst Yoga and Tai Chi, allow the children to slow down physically and mentally, two equally important skills.
These activities offer a chance to rejuvenate and find inner calm amidst the lively atmosphere.
Life is one big adventure and childhood should be filled full of adventurous activities to prepare for it!
All of Activ Camps’ holiday camps in London create a sense of adventure, especially with our daily Giant Inflatables and Invasion Games. On top of these, we have a range of Adventure Activities. This includes Archery Tag, (think Paintballing played with marshmallow-topped arrows), played for the oldest children and Mini Archery, which uses sucky-top arrows, for the youngest children at our holiday camp.
We also have Pedal Karts so children can experience the need for speed and, at Emanuel School, Rock Climbing! This epic activity is delivered by specialist instructors, with the highest levels of safety ensured, and allows children to literally reach new heights!
Due to the nature of these activities and the need for specialist equipment and instructors, these activities are not run daily and should be considered a big bonus, rather than a staple activity.
Activ Camps love to be able to provide swimming as often as possible, recognising that there’s nothing better than splashing around and playing marco-polo during the school holidays!
We ensure the highest standards of safety with qualified Lifeguards on poolside, Activity Instructors in the water and robust Swim Ability Tests carried out. All children four and five years old will have to wear lifejackets.
Holiday camps in London that can provide swimming, or Pool Fun as we like to call it, are few and far between. We currently provide this at four of our venues: Burntwood School, Emanuel School, St Paul’s School and Wimbledon College.
Non-Stop Fun Activities
Some activities may vary depending on location, weather, season and age restrictions. Please visit your venue-specific pages for further details.
4 – 5 Year Olds
Surrounding our 4 & 5-year-olds with colour, movement and sound, throughout the fun, interactive and non-competitive activities allows them to learn in a memorable and safe environment.
Our younger groups on camp tend to have one or two more extra downtime activities as part of their schedule, with relaxed free-play activities and circle time, giving them a chance to discuss their day freely.
6 – 11 Year Olds
Children between these ages will enjoy the main Activ Camps programme.
With a grand total of seven different activities per day, your child will embark on a journey of skill development and personal growth. From team sports to problem-solving challenges, they’ll enhance their sporting abilities, social interactions, and critical thinking skills, all while staying active and energised.
12+ Year Olds
Children between the ages of 12-14 years old will enjoy the main Activ Camps programme of up to seven non-stop fun activities a day along with access to new experiences such as the Rookie Programme if they wish to add to their experience on camp.
For ages 14-17, we offer the Young Leadership Programme. Click here to find out more.
This opportunity is designed to harness the independent energy of the 12 – 14-year-olds on camp by giving them the occasional experience of supporting younger groups, and developing their leadership and communication skills.
Children will be given the chance to:
- Work under the direction of our fantastic staff to facilitate safe, inclusive and fun activities for younger groups
- Develop leadership and communication skills as they help to organise small groups of children
- Be given the opportunity to make decisions on their daily programmes and give the children a level of ownership over their experience with us
If your child would like to be a rookie, please ask a member of staff on camp.
Find your perfect holiday camp venue…
Here at Activ Camps we pride ourselves on the quality of the venues we provide. During the summer holidays, Easter and every half term, you can find Activ Camps in several areas of South London including Barnes, Balham, Clapham, Honor Oak, Streatham, Tooting, Wandsworth and Wimbledon.
Find your nearby venue today and explore our wide range of facilities available at every site.