Extra Info For Parents
Below is a list of some of the frequently asked questions from parents – please take time to have a quick scroll through them – but if you have any other questions, please get in contact. Remember if you would like more information about food, accommodation, staff, price, dates etc, then please click on your sport in the main menu.
How old must campers be?
Both boys and girls who are 9 years or older are welcome on any camp. Our camps are most popular with 12 to 16 year olds but we also get many who are both younger and older. The important thing is that the child is happy being away from home by themself for a week.
For the Girls Only Camp, there is a far wider age range.
How good do you need to be?
On every camp there is always a mixture of abilities - however the camps are not really suitable for complete beginners. This means that if you've literally just gone out and bought your first skateboard or scooter, then you might find the camps a bit intensive. Campers should at least be happy with the basics and know how to use a skatepark safely. Get in contact if you're unsure.
What are the arrival and departure times?
Campers should be dropped off between 9 and 10am on Monday morning – and picked up on Friday between 5 and 6pm. You can find map and directions to the camp below.
What should we pack?
Your skateboard, scooter, bmx or inlne skates
A sleeping bag or duvet
A bed sheet
Some sunny weather clothes
Some cold weather clothes
Towel and toiletries
Any electronic devices such as phones, ipods, cameras, video cameras, laptops etc are up to you. Whilst the accommodation is secure, we do not take responsibility for any of these items being mislaid either on site or out at parks.
There is no need to bring extra food or drink, however some children like to bring some chocolate or sweet treats, or energy drinks and this is down to you.
Pocket Money. Once on camp everything is paid for but some children (and parents) like to bring a little money in case of emergencies or in case they need to buy any replacement parts etc.
Can I make special travel arrangements?
As shown above, normal drop off is on Monday morning and pick up on Friday evening – if however you would like to drop your child off on the Sunday before camp to help with transport or travel plans, then this can sometimes be organised. There is a £30 cost just to cover the extra nights accommodation at camp, staff supervision and food etc.
Likewise if for any reasons, a Friday collection is not possible, then it may be possible to stay at camp until Saturday. (The same £30 a night cost)
If children are travelling by themselves to Birmingham either by train, bus or plane, then arrangements can sometimes be made to collect them from the stations. There is a £30 cost for a member of staff to do this.
Please contact us with any queries.
What about children coming from abroad?
Last year, children came from 16 different countries to take part in the camps.
The closest airport to fly to is Birmingham Airport. Children usuallly need to arrive on Sunday in order to be ready for the start of camp. We can collect from the airport (£30) and provide the extra night of accommodation and food (£30).
Children can also be returned to the airport on Friday evening (£30).
Any questions or to discuss travel arragnements please get in contact.
Can we contact our child on camp?
Yes, of course. These days most children have their own mobile phones anyway – but if your child does not have one – or decides not to bring one - then you can contact the camp leader. This is usually either:
Geoff - 07821 361 186
Greg - 07530 360 381
Please note that during the days we are very busy so do not be worried if we can not answer our mobiles immediately. Please leave a message.
It is also worth noting that we regularly check our emails, so we are also contactable this way too. Please see the contact page for details.
What is your transport for the week?
Trasnport is normally a 17 seater minibus equipped with seatbelts.
Depending on the size of the group there may be an additional 9 seater minibus or car, again equipped with seatbelts.
Do the children need pocket-money?
Everything on camp is take care of including food three times a day and entry to any skateparks – however some parents like to send their children with a little money for extra snacks or to buy new parts etc.
Directions to Camps at Earlswood Accommodation
Earlswood Lodge, Wood Lane, Earlswood, Solihull, Birmingham, B94 5JP.
By Car: From Junction 3 of the M42 take road off the roundabout signposted Foreshaw Heath. At T-Junction turn left. After hump backed bridge take 1st road on right (Wood Lane). Entrance is 1 mile on the right. Sat Nav post code is B94 5JP.
By Train: The nearest major train stations are Birmingham New Street or Birmingham Moor Street. From here you can either take a short taxi ride to the Camp or take a smaller train to Earlswood station. This is just a minutes drive from the site and a member of staff may be able to collect you (must be arranged in advance).
By Aeroplane: Most airlines have services that fly to Birmingham International Airport. From here you can either take a train into Birmingham city centre and then out to Earlswood station – or you can take a taxi from the airport direct to the Camp.
Directions to Camps at Peckwood Accommodation
Peck Wood Centre, Rowney Green, Alvechurch, Worcestershire, B48 7QE.
By Car: Take Junction 2 of the M42. Follow the signs for Redditch. At roundabout turn right towards Alvechurch. Go up the hill and over the bridge. Peckwood is on the left hand side - next left then into gates after 100m. Sat Nav post code is B48 7QE.
By Train: The nearest major train stations are Birmingham New Street or Birmingham Moor Street. From here you can either take a short taxi ride to the Camp or take a smaller train to Alvechurch station. This is just a minutes drive from the site and a member of staff may be able to collect you (must be arranged in advance).
By Aeroplane: Most airlines have services that fly to Birmingham International Airport. From here you can either take a train into Birmingham city centre and then out to Alvechurch station – or you can take a taxi from the airport direct to the Camp.
What is the Refund Policy?
Anytime up to 1 month before your camp start date, upon notice of cancellation (e-mail or telephone call), all fees minus £60 processing charge per child are refundable.
Cancellations within 30 days of your scheduled arrival will not receive a refund. Depending on availability it may be possible to transfer the camper to another week though.
What is the Safety Disclaimer?
I understand that I am allowing my child to participate in the sport at their own risk.
I understand that I waive any and all claims for personal injury, illnesses or property damage against Camp Rubicon.
I authorise the staff at Camp Rubicon to act as my childs guardian and according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention.
What is the Photo and Film Policy?
Camp is an exciting experience that we and the children often like to document through photos and videos that we most commonly share online.
I give Camp Rubicon the right to film and photograph my child during the weeks camp.
I give Camp Rubicon the right to use any recordings in any future media or reporting.
What are the Camp Rules?
Campers are not permitted to engage in any form of bullying whether verbal or physical towards another child or staff.
Campers are not permitted to leave the camp or a skatepark by themselves. They must always be accompanied by a member of staff.
Campers are not permitted to use any type of foul language towards other children, staff or members of the public.
Campers are not permitted to vandalise or ‘muck around with’ any property of the camp or another camper.
Campers are not permitted to use any drugs.
Campers must be respectful of all staff members and follow their instructions when given.
Any breaking of the rules will result in a telephone call to the parents – and the option to send the child home.
What is the Anti Bullying Policy?
At Camp Rubicon we just want everyone to have an amazing week of fun – we therefore take a very hard line with any form of bullying.
Bullying can take place in many ways – whether it is by teasing another child, excluding another child, being mean towards another child or threatening another child – and it can be done through an individual or a group of children.
There is no excuse whatsoever for any form of bullying – and the staff will deal with it very seriously as it could have a major impact on the enjoyment and safety of a child.
We encourage all the children on camp to talk to staff if they notice anything or experience anything, so that it can be dealt with quickly and with minimum of fuss.
The staff are always available to talk to – and have been trained to keep a close eye out for any early signs of inappropriate behaviour – as well as help all children settle in to life on camp – and what might be their first time away from home.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
In very rare circumstances it may be necessary to cancel a camp. This can happen if drivers, staff or pro riders are sick or injured. It could also happen if a significant number of campers drop out very late or fail to book. We always aim to provide fun and safe camps and in both these circumstances, a reduced number of children or missing staff would impact on this.
In this event we would always offer to move the children to another upcoming camp at no additional cost – and we usually throw in some nice free product too or a bit of discount, just to say thanks for being accommodating and sorry for the inconvenience.
A full refund would of course be available too.
We’re not responsible for claiming back any other costs incurred but will always try and give plenty of notice, so that this job is easier for you.
Is each sports camp seperate?
Each sport camp is held separate to each other. This means that a skate camp for example is separate to a bmx camp. Separate accommodation, separate minibuses, seperate parks, seperate staff etc.
The exception is Girls Week where all the girls are together regardless of sport.
Property and Lost Property
We advise that children do not bring items such as tablets, laptops or any other unessential possessions with them on camp.
Camp Rubicon is at no time responsible for any items brought on camp and all children are responsible for looking after their items both at camp and whilst at skateparks.
Camp Rubicon will where possible help locate any items but are not responsible for any lost property.
If parents are concerned with their childs property, we suggest taking out insurance for the 5 days.
Late Payment and Charges
Camp Rubicon have introduced instalment options to help parents pay for camp.
We understand that sometimes personal situations mean that a payment is missed or late. When this happens, we will be in touch to talk about it and we will add on an additional 2 weeks to allow the payment to be remade at no extra cost.
If a payment is more than 2 weeks late then unfortunately we have to start passing on the charges that we ourselves will receive from the various suppliers, which stand at £10 for every fortnight late.