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Call to Adventure 2022

Outdoor mentoring programme for boys 11-13

Mentored by Chris PackeMentor summary: Wild guide
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Chris Packe
Location address: Scaynes Hill, RH17 7NP
Chosen age group:

For ages: 11 - 13 years

Available tickets:
Standard £625
Next date: Wednesday 26th Oct,

A summary

**THIS COUSE IS NOW FULL FOR 2022. DO ENQUIRE FOR 2023!** The Call to Adventure is an outdoor mentoring programme for a tribe of 11-13 year old boys. It comprises 3 episodes between May and October: an energetic springtime camp in the woods, a 3 day summer hiking expedition, and then welcoming in the darker autumn months back in the woods. The Call to Adventure is a classic mythological concept. The young protagonist reaches a point where something adventurous has been activated. He feels the need to travel away from the civilised village and the close protection it provides, into the wild lands and the unexpected challenges that they offer. Crazy antics ensue. A mentor is there to give the helping hand they need, in the moment and in the way that they best need it. For the protagonist, it’s not about being happy and safe, it’s about seeing what happens when they pull themselves from the comfort they have experienced so far, and it initiates the process of exploring what they a...

Chris Packe·Wild guide
At the heart of my youth programmes is my desire for young people to experience freedom and the transformation that comes from it: the freedom that grows from a young man taking a step into the unknown, discovering his own power, shaking off imagined or unchallenged restraints, and beginning to formulate his own rules about who he is and how he chooses to face the world. I have been a bushcraft instructor since 2015 (for 15 years I was an investment banker in London), and I am a qualified hillwalking guide. I am also engaged in mentoring, coaching and guiding, both adults and children. I have convened a consistent men's fire circle in the woods for over 6 years, I own a wood where I carry out small woodland management projects, I'm part of a sketch comedy troupe, and I often write, cartoon... even make rap songs. I have hiked all my life and spent many years mountaineering before having children and shifting my time in nature to the more easily accessible woods. Whatever the landscape, I have built up a massive respect for the powerful medicine contained in expedition-type journeys, and the glorious, valiant struggle they often serve up.

Learning aims

In the company of a crafty mentor and a band of fellow travellers, this programme can equip boys with confidence and willpower, life skills, practical skills, and broader horizons. A strong taste of what's to come in the coming adolescent years.

What's provided





Enhanced DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

First Aid Training

First Aid Kit

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

we'll be

Wapsbourne Wood, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, RH17 7NP

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £625

Pricing information


My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.

This programme requires a high level of commitment from the organisers, and therefore a reciprocal level of commitment from families sending their son to join. We form a tribe and journey through the 3 experiences as a cohesive group. Absences or mid-programme cancellations are highly disruptive to the group, due to the strong bonds formed. Once the programme starts, no new participants are able to join, and so the ability to provide refunds for cancellations is limited. In order to facilitate the commitment from the participant , I will meet / speak / Skype with parents and son, to ensure that the time is indeed right, and the intention strong and clear, to participate in this programme. After booking, I will send you additional documents including terms of participation (various acknowledgements and understandings around how we will operate), along with brief questionnaires around health and intention. Detailed event information will be circulated in good time ahead of each event.


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