Young Naturalist Camp - Summer Camp for Kids
There are things only Nature can teach. Have you exposed your child to them?
If no, your child needs emancipation, a venture into the outdoors for them to feel, experience and glean lessons first-hand. And through the Young Naturalist Camp, that is exactly what we enable them to do.
Designed to impart natural history education to young minds in a fun and effective way during your child's summer holidays, this Camp is the perfect opportunity to pave the way for your child's future and turn them into a green citizen!
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
18 to 20 April 2017
10 to 12 May 2017
The itinerary common to the above schedules is as follows:
- DAY 1 : Excited Arrival and Early Exploration
Our aspiring naturalists arrive at the Toehold Office in Jayanagar, Bangalore, where our Skipper will have been eagerly waiting to take them on a great excursion.
We leave Bangalore at 9 a.m., and a mere hour later, arrive at the campsite amidst hills, forests, a lake and clean air!
On arriving at the campsite we get to know one another through an introduction and a fun ice-breaking game.
Then it's time to show the children around the property, which is set amidst a beautiful hill-range with a little lake in the middle, which, like an oasis, makes for a perfect gateway in a wonderful wilderness.
Angling at the lake is heaps of fun, with an almost assured catch. Our participants will learn to assemble and set up their own fishing rods, so that the next day's fishing session is not delayed.
Soon, lunchtime arrives and our chef unleashes the delicacies he has prepared. After properly pampering our taste buds, we pull our cameras out and a session on nature photography will ensue. The children will also be taught how to approach and photograph wildlife in order to get those fantastic images they admire in magazines and books. This will be followed by another group game.
Then, after enjoying some refreshments, we depart on an exciting bird-watching and animal-tracking session. We will trek to a hill from where we enjoy a panoramic view of the forests of Bannerghatta, snap some landscape pictures, and scan for some wildlife in the valleys below. It's also a great place to spend the evening and practise what the children have learnt from the photography session. On the way down, we will set up a camera trap, and hope that some of Bannerghatta's nocturnal wanderers choose to walk by when we're cosily tucked in for the night.
Once back at the campsite, we enjoy an entertainment session over a bonfire, and hit the sack soon after a delicious dinner.
- DAY 2 : Excursion Proper
We awake to the songs of birds and open our eyes to an amazing view of the lake and the hills. It's time to grab the rods and the bait, and hit the road to the lake, where the group will be taught how to cast, set the hook and carefully retrieve the catch without hurting the fish. All the fish caught will be released back into the lake.
After a couple of hours of an intense angling experience we give in to the enticing smells from the kitchen.
Following a good breakfast, we eagerly leave on a bird watching hike. What will probably be playing big on everyone's mind is what may have crossed the camera trap. So, we first retrieve the trap and see what pictures have been taken through the night, before continuing on our bird-watching trail. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn how to identify and study the diverse birdlife and how to approach birds without disturbing them.
Soon after, we find ourselves back at the campsite for lunch. We review photographs taken during the Camp, while Phillip, the Skipper, presents a session on "taking great photographs".
Post-lunch, we rest a while before returning to the lake for an evening's angling session. Early mornings and evenings are when fishing is at its best and surely by now, everyone will have got hooked to it. Late in the evening, we take the children on a night walk, which should be an experience like no other. We will walk along the boundaries of the property looking for various frogs, insects and other nocturnal life and return to a delicious dinner and a night of sound sleep.
- DAY 3 : Swansong and Return
Awaking early, we head for a short trek around the camp, taking a final look at the camera traps. Soon we return for a steaming hot breakfast. We spend our last hour at Camp taking 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 camp and return to Bangalore by noon as budding naturalists.
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)
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