As an active, outdoor trip and especially if your child is visiting one of our centres in France where the group will be staying in tents, there are a number of things that are NOT required for the trip!
Please do NOT allow your child to bring a mobile phone on the trip - all our sites have public payphones for a short message home if required.
Groups normally operate a telephone tree or other suitable notification system to inform parents of safe arrival of the group and to notify parents if there are any amendments to the timings for the return journey and hence the drop-off time.
If your child is homesick, then the ability to call home whenever they like may actually exacerbate the situation and will certainly cause the parents/guardians at home much distress. It is normal for a child to feel a little homesick at the start of a trip and this is usually overcome in the first day or so (if not hours!). Obviously, if this is not the case with an individual child, then the Group Leader and our team at centre will deal with such a situation in the most sensitive and appropriate way possible and will facilitate calls home if these are necessary.
As mentioned elsewhere, our insurance is unlikely to cover the loss/theft of a mobile phone as we are unable to provide secure storage for this or any other type of valuable personal item.
There are also no facilities to charge mobile phones!
We have found that mobile telephones can spoil the residential experience.
It is not possible to provide secure storage for pupils' valuables, therefore it is recommended that these items are left at home. Additionally, our insurance policy is unlikely to cover the loss or theft of valuable items because we cannot provide secure storage.
We are sure they can manage without their MP3 players, DS machines etc for a week!
At our centres in France there are NO (!) facilities to power or charge electrical items such as DS machines, itouchs, MP3 players or hairdriers and hair straighteners - please therefore leave them at home.