Q: Where will the campers sleep?
A: There are eight individual lodges that sleep up to eight campers at the Wild Lodge Khao Yai. Each lodge has a front balcony, a main room, and en-suite bathroom with a rain shower. The rooms have high ceilings and free-standing fans, designed to encourage natural ventilation. Beds with foam mattresses and clean linens will be provided. Boys and girls will be separated, and we will try to group the rooms by year level.
Q: How do I contact my child at camp?
A: Camp is a chance for your children to unplug from their online devices and tune into nature, so no personal cell phones or computers are permitted in the lodges. We also want to cultivate their independence, so calls home will be not be permitted unless there is an emergency. You can follow your kids through our Facebook page which will be updated with new photos daily.
Q: Should I send money with my child?
A: There is no need to send money with your child as all activities, food and snacks will be provided. If you send your child with money, the camp cannot be held responsible for how it is spent or if it is lost.
Q: What languages do the staff speak?
A: All the instruction will be in English, but members of the team also speak Thai, Russian and Dutch.
Q: What happens if my child loses their money or belongings at camp?
A: The camp organizers will not be held responsible for any lost items. At the end of each day we will announce and display any found items at the dining area. If the campers do not claim any items by the close of the session the items will be donated to a charitable organization. We suggest no expensive clothing, electronics and jewelry be sent with your camper.
Q: What if my child gets homesick?
A: This camp only runs for five days (four nights), not much longer than the average field trip, so we have every confidence it will be an easy transition for your child. To help your camper fully enjoy this experience, please do not give them the option of returning home prior to the end of the session. Some children take a little time to settle into a new environment and if they are attached to the prospect of going home early, it can keep them from relaxing and having fun. If your child has a more difficult time adjusting than the average camper, we will be sure to let you know and come up with a solution together.
Q: What do the kids eat at camp?
A: The onsite chef will be cooking up a mix of healthy Thai and western cuisine. If your child has special dietary requirements, please note their needs in the registration form and we will make sure they are met.
Q: What if my child gets hurt or sick?
A: In case of an emergency, any initial first aid that the Wild Lodge team is authorized to administer would be carried out on site and then, if necessary, the child would be transferred to a nearby hospital:
Fort Chakapong Military Hospital, Prachinburi – 20 minutes by vehicle
Chao Praya Apaipubeth General Hospital, Prachinburi – 25 minutes by vehicle, which is preferable if time permits.
All campers are covered under the Wild Planet’s accident program. Further details are provided in the consent form we send to parents who have registered.
Q: My child needs to take medication daily. How can I be sure the medicine will be administered?
A: If your child is to take any medication while at camp, please enter the information in your registration form and present it to the staff at the check-in table at the departure location.
Q: What safety measures are in place?
A: All programs are supervised by a highly experienced team of Thai and expatriate staff, all of whom are medically trained. Our activities provider, The Wild Planet, was independently assessed last year and is BS 8848 compliant, which means they meet the rigorous standards required by the British Standard for “organising and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the UK.” You can read more about it here: http://www.thewildplanet.com/safety/
The Wild Planet staff have been certified by at least one and, in some cases, all of the following first aid training courses: Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care, React Right Primary and Secondary Care, Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) Wilderness First Responder.
Comprehensive evacuation plans are in place for all locations and local clinics and hospitals are informed in advance of events in their area. First aid kits are carried on all activities.
The Wild Planet Code of Practice is available on request and risk assessments can be provided for all activities, along with copies of local licensing and insurances.
Q: What should we pack?
A: Keep in mind that at camp clothes will get dirty and items are often lost, so please do not send your kids with trunks full of expensive clothing. We will send you a complete pack list once you’ve registered for the camp.
Q: What experience does my child need to participate in the activities?
Campers do not need any previous experience. Full instruction will be given before any activity begins.
Q: What equipment will the campers need?
A: Full equipment is provided for each camper for all activities. This will include personal protective for water activities and harness and helmets for climbing activities.