Parents Guide FAQ

What activities will my child participate in?
We provide an extensive range of outdoor activities on land, water and underground. Examples of these can be found on the website. The exact combination of activities always varies as we tailor each course for individual groups.  The course will reflect the groups aims and aspirations, which could be curriculum based, team work, leadership or adventure amongst others. Each morning we will make a decision on how the group are developing, their preferred options and the weather, in order to choose the best venue for the day.

How many activities will they take part in?
Lots of activity! For a full day they will meet the activity instructors at 0930 and head out into the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia, or over to the coastline of Anglesey returning to centre around 1630 to 1700. Through exploring the different venues they will take part in many differnt activities.  For example, the gorge can include scrambling, swimming, jumping, rock climbing, abseiling, zip line, team building and weaseling. In the evening either the visiting staff or our instructors will provide extra fun activities such as orienteering, night walks, team building or beach games.

How many people in a group?
The instructor to student ratio is 1:10 for most activities. This number maybe less when participating in certain activities eg. Multi pitch climbing 1:2 or winter walking 1:7.  As much as possible we keep the same instructor with each group throughout their stay.  This allows for continuity, allowing the instructor to get to know each individual in their group. 

Will my child need bedding?
Most groups prefer to bring their own bedding, please speak to your child's group leader or teacher to discuss what is arranged. Arete Outdoor Centre can provide bedding if this has been pre-arranged, including pillows, duvets and appropriate covers.  

Is food provided?
Arete has both catered and self-catered accommodation. If your group is being catered for we provide a cooked breakfast plus cereal, toast, fruit, packed lunch and a three course evening meal. The main meals, for example, could be roast pork or chicken, spaghetti bolognese, pizza and wedges or pasta bake. All dietary requirements can be catered for and we have a separate vegetarian and halal menu plus meals for various intolerances. 

Does my child need money?
At the centre we have a tuck shop where children can purchase food, drinks and souvenirs. The tuck shop will be open in negotiation with teachers and group leaders. Young people will be responsible for their own money and Arete Outdoor Centre will not be accountable for any loss.

Can my child bring mobile phones, computers, tablets etc?
It is up to the school or youth group whether young people are allowed to bring their own electrical equipment. It will be the responsibility of individuals to look after their own personal equipment. The Arete Centre is not responsible for loss or damage to any personal equipment.

What kit will my child need to bring?
Please go to the kit list page for a recommended list.  Arete Outdoor Centre will provide all technical equipment and safety kit. We also have an extensive store of waterproofs, wetsuits, boots and fleeces to keep students warm and dry.

Does my child need insurance?
All the instructors and the centre have £5 million liability insurance but if you wish your child to be personally insured they will need a separate insurance.