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Call to Adventure 2023

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: Saturday 20th May,

A summary

**NOW OPEN FOR 2023 BOOKINGS!** 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. This is placed to meet boys in Year 7 and Year 8, at that stage for a thirst for adventure and a taste for independence really starts to arise. 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 th...

Chris Packe·Wild guide
Chris spent 15 years in investment banking, followed by 10+ years in the woods. He is particularly interested in leading curious people into less familiar environments and conditions: where the emergent and unbidden may play out, and things may be seen from an alternative perspective. This comes to life as nature-based youth mentoring programmes – year courses for young men and women such as Wolf Pack (13-15 years), Call to Adventure (12-13 years), as well as Feral Fathers (feisty weekend events for fathers and sons / daughters), adult or corporate events, and convening a monthly men’s fire circle (since 2015). In addition, he does work that is variously described as coaching, mentoring and guiding (he is a qualified mountain leader), and also sketch comedy, writing, cartooning and songwriting. Chris also finds himself owning a piece of woodland - a place to work, experiment and often to just go to alone and sleep in. He lives in Forest Row and a teenage daughter and son.

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

Drinks

Meals

Equipment

Safety

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.

Where
we'll be

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

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £625

Pricing information

Cancellation

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 demands 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. Before the programme starts: Once a booking is made, it means that other inquirers may need to be turned away. If a person has booked, changes their mind and wants to cancel before the programme starts, they will get a refund less £200 if the cancellation is before 31 January (this is reduced to £100 if the place is filled by someone else). After 31 January, no refund can be given, unless the place is filled, in which case a refund less £100 is given. After the programme starts: No new participants are able to join, and so there can be no refunds, apart from at the Mentor's discretion. 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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