Going Through Brook with Green Canoe
“Adventure School is a fantastic programme for young people offering a blend of outdoor activities and all-important life skills. I have long maintained on my expeditions that selecting people with the right personal attributes is the key to success as you can teach and train the technical aspects. I am convinced that Adventure School will provide many young people with the foundation and grounding in life skills such as teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, and decision making to give them the best start in life. It will change lives and help prepare them for future challenges. Happy adventuring.”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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Next Event: 26/07/22

Dates Now Live with increased duration and reduced prices (£35 per day)

Tickets from £35.00
Time 08.45 to 16:00

Based at Kempston Outdoor Centre, participants will learn adventure skills, take part in watersports activities, have fun, and make new friends. They will use life skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and communication. Activities range between our 'wet & wild' and 'woodland wild' programmes.



  1. Create an opportunity for young people to enjoy the outdoors.
  2. Help young people learn adventure skills like paddling & bushcraft.
  3. Encourage young people to re-wild themselves with nature.
  4. Teach young people the benefits of teamwork skills.
  5. Promote caring for our environment.

Develop your Adventure Tribe and skills with Canoe Trail. The Adventure School is holiday activities for kids aged 8-12. This summer holiday club is designed to provide a stepping stone for young people to learn watersports like canoeing and kayaking, develop confidence and life skills and also help towards programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. They will develop lifeskills through outdoor learning challenges including teamwork, leadership, risk management, decision making, problem-solving, and communication. To date, we have provided Adventure School to several thousand young people.

We deliver a mixture of activities

➼ Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Canoeing.

➼ Bushcraft Activities

➼ Team Challenges

➼ Paddle START Qualification

➼ Climbing

➼ Bouldering

➼ Campfire Cooking

➼ Raft Building

➼ Orienteering

➼ Tracking games

➼ Adventure School Certificates

➼ Knot skills

➼ Archery

➼ Field Games

Important and useful information

All equipment is included as part of our course.

We cover a mix of activities including Woodland Wild and Wet n' Wild programmes. You need to ensure you drop off and collect your child promptly at the designated times.

We expect each participant to adhere to a behaviour code of conduct which will be sent after booking. All participants must follow the social distancing guidelines and listen to the instructors.

What you will need to bring:

➼ Packed lunch including snacks and drinks.

➼ Spare clothes including shoes as there is the possibility of getting wet!

➼ Waterproof jacket.

➼ Sun hat.

➼ Antibac for hands.

➼ Medication if applicable.


Safety & Governance

Canoe Trail puts safety, risk management, and governance at the top of our priorities in all we do. 

Our team is highly qualified as coaches and leaders holding a wide range of qualifications including canoe and kayak leadership, UKCC Level 2 coaching awards, Level 3 and 4 coaching qualifications, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and teaching qualifications. All staff are DBS checked, trained in safeguarding, and hold current outdoor recreation First Aid Certificates (2 days).

Please note: Occasionally some activities may be cancelled due to risk assessment.

Please note: Due to Covid-19 the numbers on this course will be limited and it is first come first served, so please ensure you book your place and have it confirmed to avoid disappointment. Due to Covid-19 any children who fall ill either prior to or during the week must be kept/ taken home and will not be able to return.


We work with relevant partners and maintain relationships with them to bring the best programmes. This programme was funded by Sport England and has been delivered through organisations such as YMCA, Fun4YoungPeople, Young Carers, Local Schools with great results on attendance, self-confidence, and life skills.