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When you hold an acorn in your hand, it is sometimes hard to imagine how that small seed can grow into a flourishing oak tree. Since its inception, Acorn Adventure has had children’s educational, social and personal developments at its roots, and has gone from strength to strength.
Here’s how our story began… In 1982, Andrew Gardiner, a secondary school teacher, arranged for a group of his pupils to go on an adventure holiday to Tal-y-Bont, in North Wales. During this trip, Andrew noticed that the simple experience of camping together with real adventure activities was invaluably beneficial to his pupils’ self-esteem, confidence and responsibility. With this simple concept at its heart, Andrew began to look further afield for locations that would appeal to teachers wanting to inspire their pupils too. Acorn Adventure is now operating eight camps across the UK, France, Italy and Spain; and Andrew is still very much involved in the business as our Chairman.
At the heart of Acorn’s business is our staff. You will be directly motivating and encouraging our schools, groups and families with outdoor activities and entertainment. At Acorn, we value our staff because we know that without you, our business wouldn’t be as successful as it is today.
As such, we believe that we should give something back. We believe that our staff have the potential to further their career in the outdoor industry and we provide our staff with the opportunity to develop themselves by offering a range of NGB courses throughout our season. At Acorn it doesn’t matter if you come to us without qualifications, we will help you get to where you want to be. All that matters is that you are passionate about what you do, whether that’s entertaining children; preparing fresh, healthy food or instructing sessions in a natural setting.
Our “village” concept is unique. The Acorn village typically consists of around 16 tents facing in to a village ‘square’ and a marquee for meeting and eating. The Acorn village is specifically designed to provide the perfect setting to develop a strong sense of community and encourage team spirit. We strongly believe that the camping element within an adventure trip significantly enhances the outdoor experience, helps young people take more responsibility for themselves, and is also, of course, great fun.