FOR THE BOLD
Throughout the year, Red Balloon Foundation runs a variety of residential and day trips and visits for children, young people and families. Some are open to all, others focussed on those from particular projects we work with all year.
Information on all our forthcoming activities can be found on this page, so read on to find out how, when and where you can join us in being DAUNTLESS during the year ahead!
FORTHCOMING DAUNTLESS CAMPS:
Dauntless @ SOLID 2023 (14-16 July)
Join the RBF team as we run the 'Dauntless' venue at the SOLID Festival at Stubbers Adventure Centre on the borders of London in Upminster. RBF have been part of the coordination and management of SOLID for many years alongside our key partners at Scripture Union and the Diocese of Chelmsford, and we cannot wait to welcome hundreds of young people from across the South East to an exciting weekend of 'Running and Not Turning Back'.
If you are a member of an RBF group/activity and would like to attend, read on below to find out how you can sign up. If you are a member of a non-RBF affiliated group, head to the main festival website - www.solidfestival.org.uk - to find out how you can take part.
RBF GrOUPS @ SOLID 2023
RBF is delighted to not only being part of the overall SOLID 2023 event coordination and running the Dauntless venue, but also to be offering the chance to many of the children and young people who attend our groups and activities to take part and attend either for the day on Saturday or for the whole weekend from Friday to Sunday.
There'll be adventure activities like climbing, abseiling and canoeing, whole group meetings with fun games, Bible stories, challenges and prizes, inflatables, sports tournaments and loads more.
Accommodation is provided in 'bunkhouses' (bunk beds in wooden floored tents) with other children from our group of a similar age. Food is provided by RBF team on site as well as on site vendors through the weekend. The festival is open to 8-17 year olds with two distinctive programmes running – one aimed at children/tweenagers called ‘Dauntless’ led by RBF and one aimed at teenagers called ‘Expect’ led by our partners at Scripture Union, an international charity which runs hundreds of children’s and youth residential experiences every year.
We'll depart from multiple pickup points in Herts, Essex and East London by coach/minibus on Friday evening and then young people will need to be picked up from Stubbers on Sunday afternoon at around 1pm. The all inclusive cost for the weekend and travel to the festival is £75 which you can pay in one go or in instalments, whatever works best for your family. We also have a number of subsidised places to make sure cost is not a barrier to any family attending. We would also be delighted to welcome any children and young people who do not want to stay for the full weekend to join us as a day visitor on the Saturday for only £35.
If you are ready sign up, click here and then select the name of the group/activity your child usually attends along with 'Trip to SOLID Festival (Full Weekend)' or 'Trip to SOLID Festival (Saturday Only) as appropriate. You do not need to pay anything up front - you will receive a confirmation of your place and an invoice to be paid off by 3 days before the festival commences.
ALL THE DETAILS FOR SOLID 2023
Travel Arrangements - Full Weekend
We will be offering two pickup locations for children/young people travelling with us for the full weekend on Friday:
- Sawbridgeworth Evangelical Church (CM21 9EH) - 4:30pm
- Peterhouse Centre (E17 3PW) - 5:30pm
Alternatively, parents/carers can drop straight to the Stubbers site at 6:30pm, following the drop off arrangements listed below for Saturday visitors. Please confirm how you will be travelling to Stubbers if you are with us for the full weekend by emailing email@example.com by Friday 7th July.
Travel Arrangements - Saturday Visitors
If you child is joining us just for the day on Saturday, please drop them off at Stubbers at 9am. On arrival, park in the large short stay car park by the lake at the end of the driveway, then walk towards the large event field you will have passed on your left as you drove on to the site (surrounded by a green fence). Cross the wooden bridge and follow the signs to the 'Information' area in the first marquee you see - RBF staff will meet you son/daughter there.
Saturday visitors can then be collected either at 8:30pm after the dinner and the evening session, or at 10:30pm after the evening entertainment programme finishes from the same area where you dropped off. Please let RBF staff know whether you'll be collecting at 8:30 or 10:30 when you drop off on Saturday morning.
Friday PM: The festival starts with a ‘Big Picnic’ so young people should bring along a “packed dinner”.
Saturday AM: Breakfast provided by RBF (selection of cereals and toast).
Saturday Noon: Lunch provided by RBF (rolls, crisps, fruit, snacks).
Saturday PM: All young people will be given money to spend at the SOLID Food Court from the on site vendors.
Sunday AM: Breakfast provided by RBF (selection of cereals and toast).
Sunday Noon: Lunch provided by RBF (rolls, crisps, fruit, snacks).
The full festival programme is online at www.solidfestival.org.uk and will be regularly updated over the next few days as the final details about the weekend are released.
The SOLID Food Court will be open throughout Friday & Saturday selling a wide variety of different foods and drinks all at subsidised rates so young people can get extra snacks all for less than £5. SOLID Festival merchandise ranging from badges to hoodies will be on sale, most expensive items around £15. Young people can look after their own spending money or give it to a leader in a named envelope to look after.
The RBF group will be sleeping in Stubbers ‘Bunkhouses’ which are effectively very large tents with wooden floors and bunkbeds inside. Young people will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and if they know they get cold at night an extra blanket. There is access to single gender showers and toilets around a 1-2 minute walk from where the RBF bunkhouses are located on the festival site.
For the majority of the day on Saturday our group will have access to a wide variety of adventure activities. We will split into small groups based on which activities the young people would like to have a go at, each with a leader.
Young people under the age of 11 will be directly supervised by a leader throughout the weekend; over 11’s will be allowed to take part in activities by themselves but always letting leaders know where they are going first and arranging a time to meet back with the main group. The Stubbers site is relatively small and will have 24-hour stewarding.
The SOLID Festival does have a Christian element which is expressed in the four ‘Celebrations’ during the weekend which are a mixture of live/recorded music, entertainment/games and short talks from the stage. There are two Celebration Venues to choose from (called ‘Dauntless’ and ‘Expect’). We will take groups along to both venues so young people can pick the format they prefer and our groups will sit together in the sessions. Young people can ‘opt out’ of any activities happening in the venues if they wish to do so, but will need to stay with our group.
Signal can be patchy on the Stubbers site and we would recommend that young people do not bring their mobile phones along, or if they do, give them to a leader to keep locked inside one of their cars on arrival once they have called home so you know they arrived safely. The site is small, very difficult to get lost in, and there are no charging facilities available. Please note that RBF, SOLID and Stubbers can accept no liability if phones or other personal belongings are brought on to the site and are lost/damaged.
If your son/daughter takes any regular medication, it should be handed to a leader when they are dropped off on the Friday in a named bag with instructions for if/when it should be administered. We are happy for young people to look after their own Asthma pumps if they are used to doing this. RBF will be providing First Aiders and the SOLID Festival will also have their own First Aid team available.
On arrival, everyone will receive a wristband. Please remind your son/daughter that if they tear or remove their wristband they will be charged to replace it and they must wear it all times while on the festival site.
Members of RBF groups will be aware of the high standards of behaviour we expect when we take young people away on any off site activity. For the period of SOLID we will be operating a policy of three strikes then a phone call to request that the young person be collected from the site in Upminster. We hope that the young people will show the appropriate respect to the site, the leaders and the SOLID/Stubbers staff that we will not give out any strikes at all. We do not need to remind you that the possession or use of alcohol, cigarettes and/or illegal substances will result in parents being called to collect young people immediately.
• Be in bunkhouses and quiet by 11pm
• Go to all Celebrations and sit with the RBF group
• Eat and drink properly – no skipping meals
• Listen to the leaders first time
• Bunkhouses are strictly single sex, all day long not just at night time. Breaking this rule will constitute an automatic strike.
Additional Stubbers Health & Safety rules are available on the festival website: www.solidfestival.org.uk
Make sure everything you bring is labelled and please note that LARGE SUITCASES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. Everything must be packed in soft bags/rucksacks. Remember we are spending a weekend in a field – nobody is expected to look like they are on a magazine cover! Please bring as little as possible as we have lots of kit to fit in not much space…
Stuff to Sleep On/In (Sleeping Bag & Pillow)
Hat & sunglasses
Loose fitting clothes (please note this is a camping trip – don’t bring your best stuff!)
Appropriate nightwear (it often gets very cold at night even if its been a hot day)
Flip flops/sandals/crocs to wear inside bunkhouse
Set of clothes to get absolutely drenched if you take part in any of the water sports activities on Saturday and a carrier bag to put them in afterwards (note we will provide access to changing rooms for day visitors)
If the forecast is for rain, it will be worth bringing a pair of wellies. These should fit inside your main bag or you should wear them on the journey.
Toilet bag including:
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Shampoo/shower gel (shower facilities are provided)
We will not have access to electricity in our area of the campsite so do not bring hair dryers, straighteners, etc. There are no facilities on the site to charge mobile phones.
Torch and spare batteries
Packed Tea for the picnic on Friday
RBF is a Christian organisation and our activities are of course open to children and families of all faiths and those with no particular beliefs. All Dauntless activities are faith based events where we will be sharing Bible stories, praying and talking about Christian beliefs. In our entire time operating as a charity we have never had a complaint from a parent/carer about a faith based element in our activities and we are proud to have had families from every major world faith as well as atheists and humanists enjoying taking part in what we do through the years.
If you would like to discuss this aspect of our Dauntless further, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN ME UP!
When you apply for a place one of team will be in touch to confirm your booking and will then send you an invoice which is payable within five days (or three days before the event, whichever is soonest). Late payment of invoices will result in places being cancelled and offered to the next family on our waiting list and an administration fee of £10 being charged.
Please note that on the day, if RBF feels that your child’s behaviour is of detriment to the wider group or is placing other children/our staff at risk, then we reserve the right to withdraw their place without notice.
No refund will be offered in this circumstance and parents/carers will be required to come to the event site for immediate pickup.