Village Camps Summer Camps Homepage

Education Through Recreation™ Since 1972

Summer Camps in Austria, Canada, Portugal & Switzerland

Adventure Camp | Portugal | Santa Cruz

This is a challenging programme that introduces campers to a thrilling range of outdoors activities and water sports. This busy programme takes full advantage of the pine forests, cliff sides trails and beaches that surround the camp, as well as the excellent on-site sports activity facilities at our campus.

Programme suitable for ages 10-17

Programme Overview

The aim of this programme is to acquire vital skills needed to safely enjoy the outdoors whilst having fun and sharing adventure with new found friends.

Campers on this programme spend about 3-hours each weekday on the adventure activities, usually in the mornings. Activities alternate each weekday between choices in and around the beaches of Santa Cruz and alternative non-beach sports and other activities.

The closest beach is only a 15 minute walk for Camp and just a short drive away is the beautiful Obidos Lagoon which the perfect sport for a variety of water sports. The region also boast many outdoors activity centres and sports of natural beauty as well as adventure trails.

Our all-action programme has something for all campers who enjoy the great outdoors!

Inland Sports and Activities

Summer Camp rock-climbing
Summer Camp hiking
Summer Camp mountain-biking (trails start at the door of our camp base)
Summer Camp a high-ropes course
Summer Camp nature trails
Summer Camp orienteering
Summer Camp outdoors survival skills
Summer Camp Visiting caves and speleology
Summer Camp Paint ball

Water sports and Seaside Activities

Summer Camp Intro to surfing
Summer Camp Paddle boarding
Summer Camp Body boarding
Summer Camp Sailing
Summer Camp Windsurfing
Summer Camp Kayaking
Summer Camp Beach Volley

Adventure campers often join Surf campers on beach activities.

Safety Matters - Qualified Staff

Our trained counsellors work as a team under the leadership of an experienced Village Camps Programme Coordinator who ensures a vital emphasis on safety, high quality equipment and appropriate clothing and equipment for the campers.

The Village Camps’ team is assisted by fully qualified local specialist staff with first-hand knowledge of the terrain when taking part in specialist activities/sports.

Accommodation, Excursions & Activities

The accommodation is just a 15 minute walk from the beach and the centre of the town of Santa Cruz, and is part of the recently purpose built “Pousada da Juventude”. The “Residence” building is reserved exclusively for Village Camps and it has 4-6 bed modern and spacious apartments with en-suite facilities. Campers have access to a large, private swimming pool and exclusive use of two activity rooms and sports courts.

The excursion highlights include a day trip to visit Lisbon, catamaran sailing and dolphin-watching, a visit to the medieval city of Obidos.

There is a variety of afternoon and evening activities both in Camp and outdoors, which campers from all programmes participate together. These all camp activities are organised and supervised by Village Camp counsellors.

Further details on the excursions and on the activities available at the Santa Cruz camp can be found on the Portugal Overview Page.

View Camp Country Overview

View Camp Daily Photo Galleries

  Watch the video below  
Camp Dates & Prices

Employment at this Camp


Other Activity & Adventure programmes available...