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Adventure & Activity Camp | England UK | York

This programme offers a thrilling range of leading-edge adventure and sports activities featuring hiking, high ropes, canoeing, kayaking and gorge walking PLUS the highlight, an overnight campout.

Summer Camp Programme suitable for ages 10-17

Programme Overview

Village Camps is one of Europe’s most experienced outdoor adventure operators,organising successful adventure camps since the early 1970s. Today our adventure and activity programmes are more popular than ever, attracting hundreds of campers each year to learn new skills in mountains, rivers and lakes.

This challenging Adventure Camp is a great mix of thrilling activities using the rugged moorland hills, rivers and lakes of the picturesque Yorkshire Moors interlinked with the vast open spaces and thick woods in the extensive grounds of our base at Queen Ethelburga’s College.

Off-site activities include:
Summer Camp canoeing and kayaking
Summer Camp ropes course
Summer Camp indoor climbing wall
Summer Camp rock-climbing on the beginners and intermediate terrain of Brimham Rocks
Summer Camp abseiling and a thrilling gorge walking experience
Summer Camp overnight camp-out – the campers’ vote for the highlight! Camp under canvas in glorious surroundings. The camp fire is fun and everyone enjoys cooking a hot meal and roasting marshmallows before fun games, camp songs and laughter under the stars – and then bed!

Back at the Queen Ethelburga’s campus the activities include:
Summer Camp testing session on the state-of-the-art Assault Course
Summer Camp survival skills course
Summer Camp team-building
Summer Camp hike along the banks of the nearby River Ouse
Summer Camp fun ‘water challenge’ session

IMPORTANT! Make sure to view our ADVENTURE VIDEO – shot on location in and around York, featuring many of the above activities.

Activities are half-day or full day, other than the overnight camp-out. The instruction for all adventure activities is by suitably qualified local experts or from the dedicated Village Camps adventure team.

Accommodation, Excursions & Activities

The Village Camps site, Queen Ethelburga's College, provides an exceptional standard of state-of-the-art accommodation. The Camp has an impressive range of leisure and sports facilities all in the glorious 'parkland' setting of the green Yorkshire countryside. Highlights include a full day excursion to Manchester with time for shopping and planned leisure activities in the impressive Trafford Centre as well as a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York. Here there is time to visit the famous York Minster and other major points of interest. In the afternoons and evenings, campers at York enjoy an exciting range of activities. Highlights are the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.

Further details about the excursions and activities can be found in the "Country England Overview Pages".

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Summer Camp Dates & Prices

Employment at this Camp

English Language Add-on GBP 150

*Not available for campers booking the main English programme


This is a superb, busy language programme designed for those campers who want to choose one of our main speciality programmes BUT who would like to spend some time learning English. VCTV takes place on a total of eight weekdays for 90 minutes for each session. This innovative programme is designed encourage every participating camper to speak English.

VCTV is operated by a mock TV crew of campers who design simple daily programmes for a short TV broadcast. Each camper has a role – Director, programme planners, camera operators, interviewers and editors. The crew produce a daily programme to be viewed by all campers – with news, interviews, in-depth investigations and clips that will appear on the website for parents. Every “job” involves discussions and co-operation, so everyone has to speak with their TV colleagues IN ENGLISH!

VCTV is run by a TV production and editing expert working with our qualified English teaching staff and other specialists. Extra English VCTV is available at a supplementary cost.