Summer holidays can be the best time of a kid’s life, or the most boring depending on how well you plan it out. You can dilly dally your time away or enrol your precious into summer camps so that they can socialise, learn new things and have a ball. Here’s a list of the guys you need to get in touch with if you want to go for some summer camps in the wilderness and woods!
Youreka Nature Campouts
Youreka, established in 1996, is an adventure camp that aims to use nature to build confidence and teamwork in children. The camps are divided according to ages: white star for 9-12 years, red star for 12-14 years, and black star for 14-17 years. The camps are set up in Sitlakhet and Jayalgarh in Uttarakhand, Yercaud (Tamil Nadu), Junga, Tirtahan, and Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh and Kambre (Maharashtra). Children undergo a variety of mental and physical challenges during the duration of the camp, including rock climbing, mountain climbing, backpacking, and even mountain biking.
Age group: 9 to 17 years
Where: 6th Floor, Minarch Tower, Plot #4, Sector 44, Gurgaon
Call: 8448286301, 8448286302
With a diverse team hailing from backgrounds such as outdoor and adventure, behavioural sciences, the armed forces to theatre and arts, and education, Inme aims to educate and create learning situations using adventures and challenges. Directed towards 9-18 year olds, Inme provides tented accommodation on campus and organised activities, challenges, learning and informal fun sessions around the campus.
Age Group: 9 to 17 years
Where: 4, Bougainvilla Marg, DLF Phase 2, Sector 25, Gurgaon
Call: Delhi NCR: 9910744663
Pugmarks is a brand synonymous with the best in adventure, wildlife and leisure camping for children. ‘Fun and Learn’ is the underlying motto of all Pugmarks camps. The camps are so well designed and conducted that nervous first time campers get invariably converted into lifetime camping enthusiasts.
The youngest age group is the 8 to 10 years range. These camps are called Tree Tops. These are ideal for children to camp near Mumbai and Pune.
The next higher level is the Junior Adventure where the age group is 10 to 14 years. Most of these camps are in Maharashtra though a couple are in the North, in the Himalayan foothills. Here there are many adventure activities to enjoy like kayaking, Commando Obstacle Courses, Rappelling, Zipline, Slacklining, Parasailing, Laddering, Wall Climbing and many more.
Senior Adventure camps cater to the 14 years plus age group. These youngsters demand solid, heart-thumping adventure activities – no less. For them we have Rafting on the Ganga at Rishikesh with Bungee Jumping, adventure with social work at Mukteshwar near Nainital, leisure and water based adventure camps at the Andamans and Lakshadweep Islands and in Konkan, and the high-altitude treks from Manali and Dharamshala in the Himalayas.
Where: 131, Poornima Towers, 397 Shankarsheth Road,Pune
Call: Pune- 02066499999
65, Gr.Floor, Kudalkar Building, Opp.SBI, Near Ovenfresh, Ranade Road. Shivaji park, Dadar (W), Mumbai
Mumbai – 02224445938, 8879366191
Kshitij World, Mumbai
Kshitij was started almost a decade ago with the goal of child development through experiential learning. The organization has worked with more than 7000 kids in India. It currently offers summer camps in different areas like photography and outdoor sports. It also offers lakeside adventure camps in Kamshet, marine adventures in the Konkan, and more.
Age group: 7-14 years
Where: L. Block, Ranjit Studio, D.S.P. Road, Dadar (E), Mumbai,
KALAKRRUTI Enterventure Holidays
The work of art, Kalakrruti Enterventure Holidays – luxurious adventure camps for children and youngsters, If mind mapped can bifurcate and branch out to practically everything, because there is art in everything we do. Starting from the organizing camps to participating in them with fun & thrill needs – skills and techniques, in one word – KALAKRRUTI.
‘Rajasthani & Chinese Cooks’ whom we take along spreads a table of South Indian, Punjabi, Gujarati & World Cuisines like Chinese, Italian, Fast Food summing up with a different ‘kuch meetha ho jaye’ every day.
Making each camp/tour the way we would like to enjoy it, has driven us to personally ensure the best luxurious and comfortable stay at star hotels, huge resorts with modern facilities and besides the most picturesque natural beauty.
Where: 21 Prakash Mansion 1st Floor, Above Great Punjab Hotel Dr. Ambedkar Road, Opp. Fire Brigade Dadar (East), Mumbai
Call: 9819123666, 07666266065
Frolic Boonies, started in 2007, aims to provide a complete and wholesome experience of wildlife to children who can then carry their new-found knowledge on conservation back home and spread awareness. Their camps include an African safari camp in October, a Coorg rafting camp, and more. Currently, the Young Entrepreneurs Program is open for applications. Children learn how to recycle and upcycle things, they are introduced to farming, are taught cooking, and are taught principles of entrepreneurship through fun activities.
Age group: 10 years and above