Practical Outings and Camps

At Education Support we specialize in practical , hands on learning. What better way to test your students knowledge than a highly practical camp or day outing. Transport is not included in the cost

Camps

Exciting 3 day /2 night group camp. Starting with Parys ( World heritage site)

For home school groups (FAMILIES) ,schools, church groups ,  ect.( Price 2021/2022 R1180 per student camping) Includes 2 introductory lessons ( suggested and if possible – can be online ) prior to camp to impart some of the skills to be used as well as get to know and inspire the kids. Schools can suggest dates for mid week camps ( Tuesday to Thursday or days suited to the group). We will provide tents and mattresses for student groups, if needed. Teachers , parents will be accommodated indoors if they wish ( R220 per night per bed or R60 pp camping . Food R250 pp for the camp) . Minimum student group of 30 required. Optimum 30 to 40( Have hosted 130). Student price includes all camp and food costs. For schools: one staff member or parent, per 15 kids, will be accommodated free as part of the camp cost. For home schools, additional adults ( Parents camping R780 this to cover camp accommodation and food + R100 as a concessionary participation fee only. All camps include: Lectures, walks and hikes, practical field work, fun activities, competitions, swimming, demonstrations and much more. The idea is to give kids the full camp experience, from pitching tents to appreciating a dark , star filled sky.

To camp dates set for Home school groups: Friday 22 April to Sunday 24 April 2022   and Friday 09 September to Sunday 11 September 2022. Please contact Barry Bryant on 082 331 8194 or e mail to book a interest only reservation ( will convert to booking once a group is confirmed 

Parys: Geological wonderland. Booking open for 2021/ 2022

Based in the world heritage site this camp is hosted on a private farm 5 km from town. Educational themes covered include:

  1. Vredefort impact structure study: rocks, land forms
  2. Mapping and orienteering: 1:50 000 maps
  3. Mineral and rock identification. Understand, collect 8 samples in the mapped area.
  4. Earth movements: day/night, seasons using a special model under a dark sky
  5. General astronomy and sky watching
  6. Size of the solar system walk
  7. Volcanoes – Visual experiments, day and night
  8. The science of rockets ( science and rocket launch )

Other activities: Group games, swimming, stalk the lantern, treasure hunt, competitions.

 Northern Natal battlefields and Drakensberg, Golden Gate

This trip is a must for school groups and home school families. On offer are a 5 day or 7 day trip to look at many educational aspects of the area: Battlefields of Majuba, Talana, Blood River, Islandwana, Rourke’s drift, Spioenkop. Then we have a study of the pump storage schemes in the area, walk the Tugela Gorge. Finally end our trip at Golden Gate for a fossil tour and a detailed study on the Lesotho Highlands project with a visit to the outlet into the Ash river. This could be a camped trip where all must bring their own equipment or accommodation for schools in Hostels( Bigger groups). Please contact Barry Bryant to discuss a customized excursion of this nature. Overall cost: 5 day camping all inclusive R3300pp. 7 day R3920. These prices are for a group of up to 40 students where we would supply tents and mattresses and the price includes all meals and entrances. Schools would need to provide transport.

Family/ Home school camp: Dates set for Saturday 05 March to Saturday 12 March 2020. All inclusive camping cost ( food and transport excluded) R2 350 per person 12 years and older. R1950 ages 6 to 11 years. Contact Barry to place an interest only booking. ( Camp will be confirmed once the group is gathered) 

Day Outings

A series of full day practical outings in the Johannesburg/Pretoria/Parys areas. All outings have a dedicated educational theme and can easily be custom altered for specific school requirements. The aim of these outings is to expose learners to the wonderful outdoor classroom. All outings will test learners theoretical knowledge in a practical way. Ideal for a school work project as learners are required to complete practical tasks for their workbooks. Ultimately the aim is to have fun while learning!!

Cost: Local outings based on 30 minimum of learners: R95 including lunch( Hot dog and cool drink).

  1. Grade 11 river study in the Klipriviersberg Nature reserve. Look at the start of a river system and one of the source streams. Study types of flow, rates of flow, calculate the gradient of the stream. See an example of a 1st order catchment area.9 Lunch)
  2. Cross Johannesburg land-form , rock and geology study.
    Start in Southern JHB and end in Fairland. Lunch at Emmarentia
  3. Tswaieng Meteorite crater. Build a dry ice comet, understand meteors in the solar system. Finally walk into a real meteorite crater.
  4. Parys day outing. Visit the world largest known asteroid impact center. Study and collect samples before a nice swim and lunch.
  5. James Hall Transport museum. Learn how transport systems influenced the growth of cities. End off with a treasure hunt through this fascinating museum.( Lunch)
  6. Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens geology display garden: talk + practical orienteering exercise. ( Lunch)
  7. Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens: Practical photography talk and shoot. Lunch
  8. Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens: Geology walk over the top. Lunch at the waterfall.
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