Outdoor Pursuits Benefits...
course consists of 19
outdoor pursuits sessions
Our purpose is to provide a high quality experience in a safe and caring environment, for the development of young people through the provision of adventure courses.
Many companies concentrate primarily on providing fun, new experiences and therefore include many non outdoor pursuit fillers in their programme. We regard this as an opportunity wasted. Of course, fun and new experiences are an important part of any course, but it is not Manor Adventure's primary objective.
Tailor Made Courses designed to Maximise the Experiences
At Manor Adventure we offer four different outdoor pursuits courses. Schools can mix and match from each of these flexible courses to meet individual objectives and requirements. Our philosophy is to maximise the experience for each and every child. While attending Manor Adventure we ensure that outdoor pursuits are offered from 9am - 9pm. We do not offer "fillers" in the evenings, although our BBQ and Disco evenings are very popular for schools wishing to unwind on the last night. A Monday to Friday Superbreak Adventure course consists of 19 outdoor pursuits sessions. A Friday to Monday course consists of 14 outdoor pursuits sessions and a Friday to Sunday course 9 outdoor pursuits sessions - fantastic value.
Three UK Centres of Excellence
Many of our competitors boast that they handle hundreds of thousands of school children each year. We believe that offering three quality UK centres of excellence is far more important. All our management and financial resources are focused on achieving our very high standards.
We believe our facilities are the best available to schools in today's competitive market place. We have every intention of ensuring that we keep this status by continuing to invest considerable sums each year, supported by our dedicated and professional building and maintenance team.
At Manor Adventure, unlike other centres, we do not provide "Groupies". We believe that part of the experience of being on a school trip away from parents is to develop social skills and have certain basic responsibilities. Children are given some space to be able to develop under the careful supervision of their teachers and our staff.
It is crucial that teachers are well supported by our Centre Staff, who are always on hand to help and provide assistance 24 hours per day throughout the school's stay. We also believe that good quality accommodation is important for teachers who are giving up their free time for the benefit of their pupils.
Children will be using a lot more energy than they would normally, so it is very important that each child receives three substantial meals per day (we do not provide pack lunches - except schools booking the hill walk). Our Catering Manager's high standards ensure that the quality and quantity of the food is fresh, tasty, nutritious and plentiful. We provide meals with plenty of fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and a large choice of salads.
Boots and Cagoule Hire
Believe it or not it has been known to rain in our corner of Sunny Shropshire. To minimise expenditure to parents, especially as children seem to grow so quickly these days, we hire out boots and cagoules for a nominal fee. This is a non profit making service.
Education outside the classroom...
child are enormous
Manor Adventure helps to provide life skills by providing challenging, rewarding and stimulating courses. Over the years, pupils attending our outdoor pursuits courses have benefited from the following life skills:
Inner confidence and personal achievement
Our aim is for each child to grow six inches in confidence before they leave our centre!! Children are challenged with new and different tasks, but with the skill of the instructors and with the support of their school friends, find they are capable of achieving much more than they thought. Our outdoor pursuits courses are designed to challenge children in such a way that each goal is achievable regardless of the ability of each individual. By completing perceived difficult outdoor pursuits, each child develops self confidence, a positive attitude to new challenges, and becomes more respected by their school colleagues. Over their stay at Manor Adventure the self esteem of each child grows and grows.
Listening and communication skills
Many of the activities which take place at Manor Adventure require children to listen carefully to instructions and to communicate with their colleagues. In many cases, children have to justify their reasoning to their peers.
By being taken out of their comfort zone and having to do new activities and tasks participants quickly learn to respect their instructors and peers. Children live, sleep, eat and do activities together, which is especially important in developing social skills.
Our personal development course teaches children how to work together and how much more can be achieved as a member of a team. We help build positive relationships within the school group and between the teachers and their pupils. Many schools use Manor Adventure to develop team bonding, especially at the start of the academic year.
Develop new skills
The great benefits that outdoor pursuits bring is that they are fun and very different to what takes place at home or at school. Each child develops new skills which may lead to an interest in the future. Children learn that sports do differ from just the team sports taught in schools such as football, rugby, hockey, netball and cricket. Children who lack the necessary coordination in ball sports often excel at other activities once they have been given the opportunity. Life and education is about giving children the opportunity to find their forte and fulfil their potential.
Our courses help develop leadership skills in all children, not just the more confident child.
The activities and challenges are fun and different. Everybody learns more when they enjoy doing the tasks. An important part of the personal development course is problem solving, which under the guidance of our excellent instructors, challenges, motivates and tests each group. We make children think from a completely different perspective than is required in the classroom.
Children are given a certain amount of individual responsibility such as organising themselves to meet at the right times for activity sessions and mealtimes. (One of the main reasons Manor Adventure does not employ "Groupies"). Children also develop team responsibility - learning that they form an important part of a team and that their contribution matters.
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Manor Adventure probably offers the highest standard available in the school market. All our bedrooms in Wales are en suite, whilst the vast majority are en suite in Shropshire. All our dormitories, bathrooms and teachers' rooms are refurbished on a regular basis.
Directors on site
Unlike other companies, our directors are based on site to assist our centre management team if needed. Also, by being hands-on, the directors benefit from an awareness of the continual changes being placed on Party Leaders.
Manor Adventure in Shropshire caters for a number of Special Needs children/schools each year. In 2005 Valley View, a specially adapted accommodation block, was completed for wheelchair guests. The requirements of each school are unique so it is highly recommended that Party Leaders visit our centre to discuss the suitability of our infrastructure and the type of course we can offer.
From a teaching point of view, our courses allow teachers to see their pupils in a different light and to monitor how each child copes in a different environment. It provides an opportunity to really get to know their pupils better, and possibly help find aspects which may help motivate certain individuals on their return to the classroom.
Children learn about assessing and managing risk under the guidance of the Manor Adventure instructors.
Many of our schools find that children return to school highly motivated by their experiences at Manor Adventure. Each child, while at our centre is challenged, stretched and encouraged to achieve whilst in a safe caring environment which contributes to their personal and academic growth.