Sunday Funday Nature Experience - Camp for Kids
There are things only Nature can teach. Have you exposed your child to them?
The Outback Experience presents the perfect opportunity for budding young naturalists and wildlife photographers. This specially crafted day-long camp is a perfect opportunity for children between the ages of 10 to 16 to experience the best that nature and wildlife has on offer.
We will spend a full day at The Outback Farm & Homestay, our own property on the banks of a gleaming lake, which is the perfect gateway to experiencing the joys of birding, wildlife tracking, angling and wildlife photography. What's better, with award-winning wildlife photographer Phillip Ross as your camp leader, your child is sure to have a fun-filled time while exploring areas of Bannerghatta seldom visited by tourists.
The campsite is situated right on the fringes of the Bannerghatta National Park. This unique park, home to wild Asiatic elephants, boasts of being the world's closest wilderness to a metropolis. The park is richly diverse and is also home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears and an array of nocturnal wanderers including the rare honey badger or ratel in addition to more commonly sighted animals such as gaur, wild boar and various species of deer. The park is also a birdwatcher's paradise, with over 150 species of bird, including the yellow-throated bulbul and rufous-bellied eagle. Be assured to sight at least 30 species within the property.
Come join us and enrol your child for this day-long one-of-a-kind camping experience!
Virtually in the backyard of bustling Bangalore, the Bannerghatta National Park is a unique one, in that it is one of the world's closest wildernesses to a metropolis and is home to wild elephants. The park also hosts leopards, wild dogs and sloth bears apart from the commoner mammals, and boasts of over 170 species of birds including the rare rufous-bellied eagle and yellow-throated bulbul.
Designed to let budding young naturalists explore these riches, this Camp is a journey of discovery into parts of this park that are seldom seen by tourists.
Staying at our own property by the edge of a gleaming lake that seems straight out of a fairy tale, the group of budding naturalists will, in this idyllic setting, learn fishing, play nature games, and enjoy singing around a bonfire to have a whole lot of fun in unsullied environs.
They will also discover the wonders of nature while exploring different regions of the park, tide over the hills, snake through the valleys and reflect quietly by the lakes on each day for maximum enthrallment.
Meanwhile our Skipper will keep the children enthused and entertained so while learning a wealth of new things on a journey of fascinating discovery, they have a whale of a time.
An avid angler, great raconteur and naturalist par excellence, Phillip uses his passion for wildlife to spread the joy of nature through his infectious ways to adults and children alike. Having explored wilderness areas throughout India as a photographer and naturalist, Phillip has won many laurels, including a Wildlife Conservation Award in 2009 for his report on saving the Bannerghatta National Park. And courtesy of his skill, imagination and technical mastery, his work has been used in various magazines, newspapers, journals and calendars for embellishment and education through his incisive lens.
Read more about Phillip here.
TESTIMONIALS BY PREVIOUS CAMP PARTICIPANTSKids who were a part of a similar Camp previously said:
Well, this camp has been really educating coz I got answers for all the questions I had. I also LOVED the food. It was delicious. And the hikes were worth the time coz the fantastic scenery you see at the top of the hill made me SPEECHLESS. To end it off...I LOVED IT.
- Nidhi Prakash, Bangalore
No words can describe the pure beauty of nature. This is truly a time you appreciate what you have and you feel good about yourself. I got to do things I never thought I could. I even got new experiences, e.g. fishing. The food never failed. All campers were really nice and we all had fun. Phillip, you're awesome! It's amazing what you do and share with us all. I'm coming back next time for sure!.
- Chanchal Agarwal, Bangalore
The place is so close to nature and is always full of life. The activities were really fun. There was a lot of excitement in the group when we went trekking. It was awesome!
- Calvin Stanley, Bangalore
This was an amazing camp! Everything was put together really well...the food was wow! Right from fishing to Ninja Attack, everything was just so much fun! I don't know how those two days went by so quickly, but I miss them already! The campfire and the trek up the hill were the best...I loved it!
- Namrata Joshi, Mumbai
This place is awesome. Also the surroundings are like heaven on earth. The food was great and the activities were unbelievable!
- Vrushab Kumar, Bangalore
- DAY 1 2 July 2017, Sunday: Excited Arrival and Early Exploration
Arrive at the pickup point in Bangalore at 7 a.m, and once all the children have assembled, we'll depart in pre-arranged transport. An hour later we arrive at the gorgeous campsite set by a lake in the forests. After check-in, Phillip will introduce the property while your child enjoys a refreshing welcome drink and refreshments. Later we will get to know each other through a fun ice-breaking name game.
After the game, Phillip will talk to your child about ornithology and lead the group around the beautiful property to explore its avian wonders. We should come across at least 30 species over the hour we spend birding.
It's now time to grab fishing rods and bait, and head down to the water's edge. Phillip will introduce everyone to the art of angling, and your child will learn about various angling methods, types of tackle, the species of fish found in the lake, and how to cast, set the hook and carefully retrieve the catch without hurting the fish. Please remember that all fish caught will be released back into the lake.
After working up an appetite catching some of the monsters in the lake, we'll give in to the enticing smells coming in from the kitchen. Yes, lunch time has arrived and the chef reveals the delicacies prepared. After a delicious lunch, we'll return to the lake to continue practicing what we learnt earlier in the day about angling and give ourselves another chance to catch some fish.
After the angling session, we'll embark on an exciting trek to a nearby hill and birdwatching trail from where we are treated to a panoramic view of the forests of Bannerghatta. From here, your child can witness an amazing sunset, click stunning landscape images and, if lucky, sight some of Bannerghatta's wildlife in the valleys below. It's a great place to spend the evening and a great opportunity for the children to learn how to identify and study the diverse birdlife and how to approach birds without disturbing them. We return to the campsite for a steaming hot beverage and some refreshments while Phillip helps put together the bird checklist and talk about wildlife conservation and the steps we can take in order to make a change.
Finally, since all good things come to an end, we bid farewell to beautiful Bannerghatta. On the way back, we reminisce about all the highlights of the day-long camp and return to the city with the memory of a leisurely day well spent.
Inclusive of service tax
Inclusive of service tax
Inclusive of service tax
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who should attend this Camp?
Anybody between 10 and 16 years of age is welcome to join the Camp. There are no other eligibility criteria.
How many participants can be expected on this Camp?
Your child can expect a maximum of 14 other kids for company. The Camp strength has been kept down to ensure smooth running of the event and quality time with the Skipper for each kid.
What about my child's safety during the event?
Your child's safety is of paramount importance to us. The Skipper leading this Camp has been trained by Toehold on child protection; child behaviour and development; health and safety; activity programme delivery; and Toehold's code of conduct, policies and procedures. The Skipper will accompany the children on all activities and the Camp will have at least one staff member qualified in administering First Aid, at all times.
What things should my child bring to this Camp?
Cap or hat
Shoes and slippers/floaters
Three sets of sober-coloured outdoor clothing (including shorts and swim wear), night clothes, towel and woollens
Toiletries and other personal essentials
Notebook and pen
Camera and binoculars (if possible)
My child is older or younger than 10 and 16. Can an exception be made?
The age group of the children has been carefully chosen keeping in mind the content and style of delivery. However, if your child is outside the age group and you're interested in admitting him or her, please talk to us.
Where will we be spending the day and what sort of food can we expect?
We will be visiting the The Outback Farm & Homestay in Bannerghatta. The farm & homestay is situated right on the periphery of the park and overlooks the jungle. The food served is a delicious buffet spread of local, Indian and Anglo-Indian delicacies.
How do I make the payment?
We have multiple payment options available from which you may choose one as per your convenience. Details will be shared when we receive your enquiry.
How do I register my child?
Fill up the form in the 'BOOK NOW' section and we'll get back to you with all the necessary details in a jiffy.
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