Woodland Adventures

The SHACs Winter Woodland Adventure Days

Due to the current Covid 19 situation all woodland adventures with The SHAC are currently on hold. Please follow live updates on our Facebook page for more information:

We look forward to getting back out in the woods as soon as we can.

The SHAC at Belmont School - Base Camp

Holmbury St Mary - Nr Dorking

The SHAC at Birtley House Estate - Wigwam Woods

Bramley - Nr Guildford

The SHAC at Buckland Park Lake - Viking Camp

Buckland - Nr Reigate

Woodland Adventures for 6-12 year olds

The SHACs Woodland Adventure Days are an innovative, proven way of allowing young people aged between 6 and 12 years old to develop and grow by spending time outside in a safe and supportive environment. We encourage our young attendees to be free whilst engaging them in valuable learning that comes from spending time outside in a natural environment, this is supported by an extremely well qualified team with years of experience in the outdoor education sector helping young people to learn new skills, make new friends and have some time for freedom of mind. To support this we have a strict “No Tech” policy.
Our Adventures are based on the true principles of  “Forest School” teaching techniques, proven to increase children’s motivation, confidence and communication skills but with a massive emphasis on fun and freedom. The young people in our care get to really choose how they spend their time with us. We supply the knowledge and experience but we will be led by them in order to deliver what it is that they want to do with their time with us allowing them to make decisions and lead the way for us to follow.
Your child will take part in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks in a safe woodland environment with a team of instructors that are 2nd to none in this environment. They will have the opportunity to learn about using tools and managing campfires, experience real Bushcraft techniques, join in with wide games that encourage independence and learning, build dens and shelters, rope swings, natural crafts, bridge building, wildlife spotting and tracking and hammock time! Time for young minds to develop and process.
Accompanied by fully trained instructors, they will make new friends and learn new skills whilst having huge fun guaranteed. We are not here as child care we are here to assist in the development of young people that care about the environment and want to learn more without knowing they are learning.
We are #TeamSHAC

Our Woodland Activities

The range of woodland activities we offer is constantly developing, but a typical session can include:

Shelter building

Crafting from natural materials


Environmental art

Safe fire making


Using tools

Green woodwork

Assault courses

Tree climbing

The general age range for young people attending our woodland adventures are from 6yrs - 12yrs old and children are with us from 10.00 am until 4.00pm and we run our adventures in all weathers with the exception of high winds and Lightning storms.


We Believe in the ethos “No such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.”
Children turning up with the wrong clothing is the biggest problem we have. Having the right clothes and shoes can make the difference between your child having a great time and being miserable. It’s up to you to make sure they come properly equipped, so please follow these guidelines.
You need to provide your child with appropriate foot- and outer-wear – stout shoes or boots are essential, plus warm clothes and a waterproof outer layer (top and bottom) – so WATERPROOF COAT AND TROUSERS. Long sleeves and long trousers also.


You need to feed them! Please provide your child with a packed lunch and snacks, these should include:

A mid-morning snack


A mid-afternoon snack

Drink for the day

Please bear in mind that your children will be outside all day, and active for a good part of that day, please pack their lunchboxes accordingly. Being hungry in the woods is even less fun than being cold!


The Session leader and assistant both hold a current outdoor first aid certificate, specializing in first aid in the outdoors. However, it is up to you to ensure that we have your child’s current medical information at the beginning of the session, and that they also have any medication (i.e. epi-pens and inhalers) with your child’s, name, medication and time of last dose/incident written clearly on the outside.
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Come and join the adventure!

To view the kit list for the day please click here.