Sojourn in the Wild
There are things only nature can teach. Have you exposed your child to them? If no, your child needs liberation, a venture into the outdoors for them to feel, experience and glean lessons first-hand. And through the Junior Naturalist Summer Camp, that is exactly what we enable them to do.
Situated just beyond the swarming city of Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park is the perfect place for kids to explore the zealous naturalist within them. 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!
- Two days and one night in the world renowned Bannerghatta National Park
- A great respite in the lap of nature
- A treasure trove of nature learning
- A whale of a time with a friendly, patient and helpful camp skipper
- A riveting expedition that is sure to have them asking for more
The Suvarnamukhi stream ebbs and flows through the Bannerghatta’s landscape, which is dotted with deciduous forests, scrublands and valleys. Much like young cubs taking in the majesty of their home, the Park will envelope youngsters in a sense of wondrous rapture.
The Park proudly boasts of a plethora of species such as wild elephants, leopards, wild dogs and sloth bears apart from the commoner mammals. It is also home to 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.
While the young ones frolic and have fun in the lap of nature, the Camp is also designed to bestow knowledge in a way that is interactive and witty. Your child will return to you enthralled and enriched.
Children will intimately experience nature akin to their storybooks – meet like-minded naturalists, adventure through the different parts of the Park, tide over the hills, snake through the valleys and reflect quietly by the lakes each day.
As evening dawns, the little ones will retire to their lodgings for a night of games by a bonfire and have a whole lot of fun in the unsullied environs.
Ambling through the green wonderland, this Camp will instill in them a keen interest towards wildlife and forest conservation, ensuring their conversion into responsible green citizens while having discourses about topics such as poaching, pollution, habitat loss, etc.
Through the nature walks, the Camp will impart knowledge about a plethora of topics such as – specie identification,camera trapping, camera hacks and precautions to take while capering through the wild.
We depart Bangalore after light at 9:00 a.m. and proceed to be enchanted on our much-awaited Junior Naturalist Summer Camp. After a short bus ride, we soon reach our welcoming resort at Bannerghatta National Park.
After check-in and a scrumptious lunch, Skipper will conduct ice breaker activities so as to get the children acquainted with each other. There will also be a brief on the wildlife found in the area.
For this evening, the group will depart on a nature walk and visit the animal rescue shelter, which will help them empathize with wounded animals.
We return to the resort at dusk, after enjoying the many sights, sounds and smells of the forest. The children will then gather for a wildlife film screening.
Lastly, over bonfire and dinner the children get to know one another better and discuss the unique experience of the Bannerghatta National Park.
We end the night with a session of entertainment followed by a presentation on wildlife in the area.
25 April, Thursday
The final morning of the Camp arrives as we wake up to the melodious bird-songs outside our windows.
We embark on a final nature walk. Post the walk, we gather for breakfast and a final rendezvous before checking out at 11:30 a.m. and driving back to the city, where you eagerly wait to hear your child’s tales.
- Per child on triple-sharing accommodation
- For two children on triple-sharing accommodation
- Per child on triple-sharing accommodation
- Triple-sharing accommodation in comfortable tents
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
- Bottled Water
- Travel to the venue
- All safaris and entry fees
What’s Not Included?
- Airfare if any
- Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
- Insurance, laundry and phone calls
- Camera fees if any
- Soft drinks
- Anything that is not included in the inclusions list
- All applicable taxes
- 100% Camp fee in advance for confirmation
- 10% outside 30 days before the camp
- 25% between 29 and 22 days before the camp
- 50% between 21 and 15 days before the camp
- 75% between 14 and 8 days before the camp
- 100% within 7 days before the camp
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
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 to attend?
Your child can expect a maximum of 15 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 sort of accommodation can my child expect?
Accommodation will be in luxury tents in a well-furnished resort with all the basic amenities (electricity, running water, hot food etc) available. Each tent will be shared by three children.
By what mode will children explore the forest on this Camp?
Children will enjoy the wilderness mostly in a safari vehicle, but also by boat.
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?
- Water bottle
- Cap or hat
- Shoes and slippers/floaters
- Three sets of sober-coloured outdoor clothing, shorts, swimwear, night clothes and towel
- Toiletries and other personal essentials
- Notebook and pen or pencil
- Mosquito repellent
- Camera and binoculars (if possible)
How do I register my child/children?
Simply click on the ‘BOOK NOW’ tab and fill out the form on the page and we’ll get back to you pronto.