Camp in the Cloud

So…what is Camp in the Cloud?
Camp in the Cloud is a virtual environment containing lots of activities, games and challenges – lots of the things you would see at a residential Over The Wall camp, but taking place in your own home. The resources you’ll need to complete activities will be in the Camp in the Cloud activity box.
What’s the schedule?
Your schedule will be emailed to you approximately one week before camp starts and a full schedule of events will be visible to you when you login to your homepage.
 
There will be a registration period so that you have time to log on to ensure you have no issues accessing the platform, to have a look around (remember lots of the activities won’t be available yet!), and make your profile to tell the other campers in your team who you are.
 
To be fair to everyone, the live activities will start on time, so if you are late you are very welcome to join in, but we cannot wait to start activities.
 
In between these times there are lots of other activities and games to explore too at your own pace.
What types of activities will be available?
We will set a different challenge each day known as a ‘Headline’ challenge. The activity sheets and resources for all Headline challenges will be in your box; one day this will be Arts & Crafts, one day it will be Problem Solving and one day it will be STEM. There will be a daily Dance Party after lunch and each morning you can vote for the dance you’d like to do. Afternoons will be freeflow time – there are various activities you can discover by exploring Camp in the Cloud including active challenges, mindfulness and wellbeing, a movie, arts & crafts, and games such as archery and sailing. There is also a message board where you can chat with your team. If you are attending a Family Camp, there will also be opportunities to interact with other families.
What types of activities will be available?
We will set a different challenge each day known as a ‘Headline’ challenge. The activity sheets and resources for all Headline challenges will be in your box; one day this will be Arts & Crafts, one day it will be Problem Solving and one day it will be STEM. There will be a daily Dance Party after lunch and each morning you can vote for the dance you’d like to do. Afternoons will be freeflow time – there are various activities you can discover by exploring Camp in the Cloud including active challenges, mindfulness and wellbeing, a movie, arts & crafts, and games such as archery and sailing. There is also a message board where you can chat with your team. If you are attending a Family Camp, there will also be opportunities to interact with other families.
What’s this about a postal box?
You’ll receive a box in the post approximately one week before camp, containing all the resources you’ll need to participate in the online activities. The resources are organised into coloured envelopes by day…don’t open them until the day!
 
There will be video or written instructions on Camp in the Cloud to help you complete the activities. There will also be written instructions in the envelopes.
What do I need to participate?
You’ll need a device that can connect to the internet; this can be a PC, laptop, tablet or phone or a combination of these. Ideally your device will have a camera/webcam as when you’ve completed your activities and projects, we’d love you to take a snap of them and upload them to the camp gallery so we can see what you and the rest of your team have been up to. Cabin Chat will also be via Zoom video conferencing. You’ll also need your postal box which contains the physical resources needed to participate.
Who will I be online with?
Depending on which camp you are attending, you will either be part of a team, assigned by age, or you will be online with other families just like yours. And of course, we will also be on the platform with you, ready to help whenever needed.
Is there any adult supervision?
Camp in the Cloud will be supervised by Over The Wall staff. At camp, we have a 2 to 1 policy, whereby no adult is alone with a child; this policy will also apply to Camp in the Cloud.
What about security?
We take camper safety very seriously. Access to the platform is password protected and campers and families are asked, for the safety of all children participating, that passwords are never shared.
 
The initial password you will receive is automatically generated and is long for security purposes. You can copy and paste this when logging in to Camp in the Cloud for the first time, where you will then be prompted to change your password.
And what about safeguarding?
Camp in the Cloud will be supervised by Over The Wall staff; all have enhanced DBS and reference checks and safeguarding children training. Campers will be required to agree to our Camper Charter, which was written by campers, and sets out expectations around behaviour and how we treat others. Camper message boards will be moderated by our staff to ensure content is appropriate, and staff will be present for virtual Cabin Chat. Over The Wall has zero tolerance for bullying and/or harassment – on and off the platform.
What do I do if I have concerns?
If you’re worried about something, please click on the ‘Need help’ button on Camp in the Cloud to connect you to a member of Over The Wall staff. You can also email cloud@otw.org.uk
What’s expected of me?
For all our camps, whether they’re in person or online, we expect everyone (campers, families, staff and volunteers) to sign up to our charter. This was written by our campers:
 
1. Be Respectful and Responsible
 
2. Celebrate Differences
 
3. Include and Accept Others
 
4. Always Appropriate
 
5. Ask for Help
 
In order that everyone feels safe, valued and respected on Camp in the Cloud, we may need to revoke access to Camp in the Cloud for anyone who is unable to meet the expectations of the Charter.
Staying safe online
In addition to our Charter, we ask you to keep Camp in the Cloud a safe and respectful environment by:
 
Never sharing your password or log in with others
 
Never sharing personal information (such as your address, full name or phone number)
 
Thinking before you post – don’t upload anything inappropriate or hurtful
 
If you’re sharing photos or videos, making sure these don’t contain personal information
 
If you’re joining video calls, not wearing clothing that reveals where you live (such as school uniform or local sports team strips)
 
Speaking to a member of staff or your parents or carers if anything or anyone upsets you or makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe
 
Keeping your device secure – ask a parent or carer to help with this, there are lots of great tips in the video below.

Our residential camps

About camp

How much will it cost for me and my children to attend camp?
Nothing – Over The Wall camps are totally free of charge for every child and family. Over The Wall is a charity and we fundraise to cover the costs of all the camps.
Where and when does camp take place?
Camps take place in various high-quality venues across the England and Scotland. To see a full list of venues and dates click here
What is Therapeutic Recreation?
Over The Wall encourages campers to become the hero of their own stories and our Therapeutic Recreation programme helps them do this. Learn more
What is the criteria for attending camp?
To find out who can come to camp and what the various criteria are for each of our camps, click here.
Can children with Diabetes attend camp?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide planned overnight care, such as BG checks, for any campers (see our essential requirements here). Whilst children with Diabetes are very welcome to apply for Family camps, we are not accepting applications to Health Challenges camp in 2020.
What is the accommodation like, do we camp in tents?
No tents! Accommodation is provided in buildings with bedrooms, bathrooms, electricity and even a plug socket for your hairdryer! Accommodation varies from site to site, but for a Family Camp you will be provided with a family room (or more than 1 depending on your size of family), many of which have en-suite bathrooms. For a Health Challenge Camp and Sibling Camp many of the rooms are multi-bedded and are shared with other children and young people from the team, again often with en-suite bathrooms. Our staff and volunteers are also resident and so stay on the same corridors as the children, to be on hand if required. All bedding is provided, but you will need to bring your own toiletries and towels.
What is the food like?
There is always a varied menu with plenty of choice and dietary requirements can be catered for as long as we know in advance. We do not allow any child or family to bring their own food to camp (unless by prior arrangement for special dietary requirements). For those applying for our allergy camp, we create a bespoke menu which is safe for everyone attending camp.
Are you Ofsted Registered?
Yes we are, and in 2018 we were awarded Outstanding in all areas!
What is SeriousFun?
We are part of SeriousFun Children’s Network – a network of camps that operate throughout the world. It was set up by the late Hollywood actor, Paul Newman.

Applying for camp 

What medical information do I need to provide after I have applied?
Any medical information that we request from you should be received by us as soon as possible. Applicants to Health Challenge camps must fill out our a Healthcare Professional Form which should be completed by the child’s nurse or consultant at the hospital. Applicants to a Family Camp or a Partnership Camp (those we hold in conjunction with another charity) must send us a clinic letter dated within the last 3 months. We will send this request to you on receipt of your application. Applicants to a Siblings Camp do not need any supporting medical information. We cannot assess an application for camp without the supporting medical information requested.
Can we apply to more than one camp?
Yes. You can apply for as many camps as you want, and we will let you know where we can best accommodate you.
Can we apply for a camp outside of our own region?
Yes, but priority will be given to children living within the region of the camp and you will be responsible for getting your child or family to and from camp. If your child becomes unwell at camp you must be able to travel to collect them from camp.
What are the chances of getting a place on one of your camps?
If you are a new applicant to Over The Wall and meet our criteria, then you have a very good chance of getting a place on a camp. If you have been to our camps before, then you may initially be placed on a reserve list as we will prioritise those who have not attended a camp before.
How do you decide who gets the places?
We assess every application on an individual basis, both for the child’s safety and to ensure we can deliver for their individual needs. All applications are assessed by our clinical team who are all registered nurses. We prioritise children and families who have not been to one of our camps before. All applications need to meet our criteria to ensure our campers safety and ensure the medical team can work to the best of their ability.
My child / family has been to an Over The Wall camp before, can we apply again?
Yes, but we do prioritise children and families who are first-time applicants to our camps, so you may initially be placed on our reserve list to see where we have availability when applications have closed.
I can’t login to my account, can you help?
No problem, on the login page put in your email address and click underneath for help with your password, and follow the instructions.
 
If this does not work for you, please contact out office on 02392 477110 or email campers@otw.org.uk
I’ve applied – what next?
Once we’ve received your application and any supporting information the nursing and wellbeing teams will assess your application. The team may contact you if they have further questions regarding your child and their health condition – please do respond to these quickly to avoid delaying your application. We cannot progress your application until we have received all medical / supporting information so please provide this as soon as possible.

While at camp 

What kind of care can your medical team provide at camp?
We consider each child’s needs on an individual basis, but some of the most common aspects our team deal with are:
 
• Give medication
 
• Oral chemotherapy
 
• PEG, NG and NJ feeds
 
• TPN
 
• Central lines and portacaths
 
• Dressings
 
• Non-invasive ventilation
 
• Subcutaneous injections and infusions
 
• IV factor
 
• Stoma and catheter care
 
• Bowel washouts
 
At Health Challenge camps and Siblings camps, we provide a team of volunteer qualified doctors, paramedics and nurses. They provide all necessary care, giving medication, feeds, changing dressings, personal care, as well as monitoring their health over the duration of the camp. A doctor, paramedic or nurse is on call for overnight emergencies. The team is led by a nursing coordinator who is a member of staff.At Family Camp, we have a much smaller medical team as parents and carers are responsible for their child’s care, but our medical team is always present to offer support.
Who actually looks after my children while at camp?
Our camps run with the help of a team of volunteers who are fully DBS checked along with paid staff who are also DBS checked.
What activities do you offer at camp?
Over The Wall provides a variety of activities and each activity is targeted to the age group at camp. Examples of activities include climbing wall, zip wire, arts and crafts, kayaking, archery, board games and music – to name a few. Activities change depending on the venue.
Am I able to contact my child while they are at camp?
We understand that parents and carers may want to know how their camper is getting on at camp. Over The Wall have a Camp Hotline which should be used in these circumstances. Camp is a busy place and we might not be able to answer the phone, but please leave a message or send a text and we will return calls or texts as soon as possible. We will send parents/carers the Camp Hotline telephone number prior to camp.

We’ve been offered a place at camp 

How do we travel to / from camp?
Transport details will be sent out closer to the date of camp as precise details are subject to change. Please be sure to check your registered email address (remember to check spam folders) and phone messages. For Health Challenge Camps and Sibling Camps we offer limited transport hubs in certain cities:
 
South Health Challenge and South Siblings – London and Bristol
 
Midlands Health Challenge and Midlands Siblings – Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham
 
Scotland Health Challenge and Scotland siblings – Edinburgh and Glasgow. Please ensure campers are equipped with all emergency medications prior to leaving. If you do not live near those cities or would rather bring your child to camp, you would be very welcome to. We will tell you on the offer letter what time you will need to arrive. For all Family Camps and Partnership Camps we do not offer transport, you can either make your own way to camp, or if you are getting public transport with prior notice, we can arrange to collect you from the nearest train station to the camp.
What happens if we have to cancel our place/s?
You just need to let us know as soon as possible, so the place/s can be offered to someone on the waitlist. This will not stop you from re-applying again in the future.
What do we pack?
 

 
Please ensure you pack enough clothing to last for the duration of camp. Some activities at camp can get messy, so please don’t bring your best clothes. There are a range of indoor and outdoor activities, so expect to pack for all weathers. Campers will be provided with an Over The Wall lanyard, t-shirt and water bottle on arrival at camp. Essential Items:
 
• T-shirts

• Long trousers or joggers

• Sweater, hoodie or fleece

• Sensible shorts (weather dependent)

• Underwear

• Socks

• Pyjamas

• Waterproof jacket

• Swimwear (no bikinis please). Please note, swimming will not be offered as an activity at all camps.

• Towels (for swimming and day to day use)

• Closed toed shoes

• Soap/shower gel

• Shampoo

• Deodorant

• Toothbrush and toothpaste

• Plastic bag for dirty laundry

• Any medicationsOptional Items:

• Hat

• Wellies or old trainers

• Sunglasses

• Teddy or other bedtime items

• Low-energy activities for periods like Rest Hour (e.g. age-appropriate books, comics)

• An outfit for Party Night and any props you may want to use during Stage NightItems to Leave at Home:

• Mobile phones and any other valuables (iPods, iPads, etc.). Please note, mobile phones will be removed and kept safe during camp.

• Food or drink of any kind (unless agreed in advance with our Nursing Team)

• Money

Why haven’t I been offered a place at camp?
We are sorry if you have been disappointed on this occasion, places at our camps are limited and applications are assessed on an individual basis to ensure the safety of our campers and the abilities of our medical team, and to ensure that as many new children and families as possible get to experience camp. We will prioritise applications from those children and families who have not previously attended camp. If you are on the reserve list, this means a place may become available at any time up until the day camp starts.