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Head to the trees for The Big Canopy Campout!

Big Canopy Campout Blog
Adventurists, explorers, climbers, Go Ape-rs’€ anyone who (like us) shares a burning passion for the wonderful wild world a€“ put the 24th of June in your diaries.

Why? Because it’€™s The Big Canopy Campout!

On the eve of the 24th, canopy and climbing communities across the world will unite to spend the night pitched-up in the treetops, underneath the stars (our idea of heaven). The campout will raise money to help the World Land Trust (WLT) purchase and protect critically threatened rainforest in Borneo.

If you’€™ve never heard of the WLT, it’€™s a charity focused on rainforest conservation with over 20 years of experience carrying out successful environmental projects.

Sir David Attenborough said: €œThe money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.

Each expert troop around the world will share pics, vids and experiences of their canopy camps on social media and on The Big Canopy Campout website. They’€™ll be monitored from dusk until dawn, helping us to learn about the unique life and environment of every forest.

Get involved!

Now, we can’€™t let all the pros have all the fun, can we? The Big Canopy Campout is calling out to YOU to get involved! It wants YOU to join in and celebrate rainforests and help protect the canopy through adventure!

Chances are, you may not have the skills, experience or equipment needed to rig a tent in the treetops (if you do, then climb away!). But you can still set-up camp on the ground, whether it’s in woodland, or in your own back garden with your family or buddies. You might not be treated to the same awe-inspiring views from the floor, but the experience will be just as exciting!

As the event website explains, it doesn’t matter where you end up camping, but it would be great if it was somewhere with a story; somewhere perfectly picturesque and where you’re surrounded by forest life.

If you like, you can fundraise for The Big Canopy Campout“ or, just sharing your experiences on social media using the hashtag #TheBigCanopyCampout will help to spread the word and raise much-needed awareness about this awesome cause!

The Go Ape tribe will certainly be joining in the fun in any way we can. We spend most of our time in the canopy; and although we’€™re pros (if we do say so ourselves) at treetop obstacle courses, we€’re not as skilled at pitching up a tent in the treetops. So, we think we’€™ll be setting up base on the forest floor!

Up for it? Of course you are! Join like-minded adventurists across the globe, all united by their shared love of forests! We hope to see you in the trees (or in amidst the trees) very soon!

Confidence development for your class

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE
Want to know how you can become the coolest teacher ever?
It’s simple: book a school trip to Go Ape!
Escape the confines of the classroom and spend a day in the treetops with your tribe! Sub maths for monkeying around; switch science for swinging in a Tarzan style; and swap lunchbox sandwiches for an awesome forest feast, cooked up by our highly-talented chef.
Educational and adventurous

Our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior courses are tree-mendously fun, but will also provide your kids with an educational experience they’ll never forget.

We know we bang on about it, but spending time in the great outdoors is mega important for our health and wellbeing. And for kids, being immersed in nature plays an important role in their personal development.

Our unique adventures encourage kids to feel confident in the great outdoors and confident in their own ability. Here’s how…

Independence

A treetop course requires kids to engage their brains and consider how to tackle certain obstacles. Shall I tip-toe across this one or travel on hands and knees? Do I need to hold on or can I attempt a hands-free crossing? It encourages independent thinking and at the same time, sharpens their problem-solving skills.

Treetop mingling

A sky-high adventure encourages kids to move out of their cliques and connect with new classmates. Helping and spurring one another on as they tackle each obstacle will build stronger bonds, which in turn will boost their confidence in-class. This makes Go Ape an awesome ice-breaker trip for the start of a new school year.

Discover potential

If you’ve never Go Ape-d before, it’s hard to describe the feeling you get as you whizz through the air on the final zip wire. We’ll describe as elation, with a sprinkling of disbelief. Completing a course makes you feel like you can conquer the world…it must be the adrenaline!

So, the more obstacles your mini tribe conquer, the more confident they’ll grow and this is bound to have a positive impact when they’re back at their desks. Go Ape might give them the confidence boost they need to sign-up to a club, make new friends or volunteer to speak during assembly.

And if any of your tribe start off scared but finish with skills to rival Tarzan’s, that’ll be a major confidence boost for them. The sort of confidence boost that’ll make them shout out, “I can do anything!”

Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior school trips are available during the week, and supervising adults get to swing absolutely free!

If you want to make your experience a little more educational, we’ve also developed a range of KS1 and KS2 learning resources to compliment your visit.

Want to chat through it some more? No problem just give one our friendly tribe members a call on 0845 643 9215.

Go Ape’s 30 chosen charities

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From small non-profits to worldwide organisations, charities play an important part in every community. They rely on donations from people like us to help change lives for the better, whatever that may entail.

Now, we don’t want to sound like we’re preaching here, but we strongly believe that everyone should do their bit for charity. Even a small gesture or donation could go on to have a huge impact on someone’s life.

From day dot, we have worked alongside some fantastic charities and we’re immensely proud of being able to give something back. This is not something we do to look impressive or win you over – we do it simply because we care and think it’s the right thing to do.

Doing our bit for the community

Last year was one of our strongest years to date in terms of money raised. We donated more than £103k in cash and gift vouchers to charities, also delivering a cheque for £58,472 to our chosen charity, the Outward Bound Trust, which uses the great outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life.

This year, we’re focusing on local charities. A total 30 of our sites (including Banana HQ) have paired up with a dedicated, local charity, which they’ll support throughout the year by planning activities to raise money as well as awareness.

The Tribe here at Banana HQ are supporting Inspire Suffolk; a charity recognised and valued for working with young people experiencing severe disadvantage and social instability. Every day, the charity helps young people overcome challenges and get back into employment and further training.

Many of our charities are aimed at supporting people suffering from conditions such as cancer, visual impairment and depression; while others support people with disabilities through a range of initiatives, such as organising fun, rewarding and sociable group activities for them to embark on.

We also support charitable organisations like the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and Buxton Mountain Rescue, which do fantastic jobs of caring for sick and injured people, making sure they receive timely treatment.

If you’re planning to hang out at Go Ape any time soon, feel free to chat to our tribe about the things they do in the name of their chosen charity.

Time to do your bit

In 2017, we’re repeating last year’s pledge to give away £35,000 worth of Go Ape gift vouchers. You can request some of these vouchers by completing our online form, and they can be used by local charities, and in fundraising auctions and raffles.

We receive thousands of applications and unfortunately, we can’t support everybody. We like to focus on local causes located near to our courses first and foremost, and we don’t support animal or overseas charities. Please read the full terms and conditions before applying as we’d hate to waste your time.

If we all do our bit for charity – whether it’s donating cash or getting involved in a fundraiser – then we think the world would be a better, happier place for all.

How are those stories coming along?

KIds Writing Competition
Been on any awesome adventures recently? If you’€™re a mini Tarzan aged 4-12, then we want to hear all about them!

Maybe you built your first-ever forest den, held a campout in your back garden with your best buddies, or found fossils on a local beach. Perhaps you tried rock climbing for the very first time, hiked to a peak with your parents, or discovered treasure during a geocache trip.

Small or big, scary or exciting (or both), we’€™re asking you to help spread the love for adventure by sharing your story with us and the world!

Your story can be anywhere from 100 to 500 words. Share as many details as you can! What time did you get up? What was the weather like on the day? How were you feeling before the adventure? What did your parents say when you conquered the activity?

The more info, the better, as it’€™ll help us to feel how you were feeling during your adventure. It’€™ll help us to relive it!

Can’€™t think of an inspiring adventure off the top of your head? Make one up! Get those creative juices flowing and write about an awesome adventure that you’€™d love to go on in the future, or a story about an adventure someone you know has embarked on. Ask your parents or grandparents a€“ they may be able to tell you a tale or two!

There are no rules to this competition a the only thing we ask is for your stories to be as adventure-filled as possible. We want to read stories that, by the end, will leave us itching to go on an adventure of our own!

As well as helping to inspire the world to live life more adventurously, you’ll be in with a chance of winning some awesome prizes. We’€™re giving away heaps of adventure books, but also, lucky winners will get the chance to clamber into the canopy to take on one of our tree-mendous Tree Top Junior courses! They won’t be alone, though: they get to choose whether they take their school tribe, or their best buddies for a birthday bash like no other!

The competition closes at midnight, 22nd June. You can submit your entry through a form on the website, or by scanning a copy and sending it to [email protected] with the subject line €’Writing competition’

So, what are you waiting for little monkeys? Pick up a pen and start inspiring

Good luck!

Writing Competition

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