“At some point, everything’s going to go South on you. Now, you can either accept that, or you can get to work. You have to solve one problem, and then solve the next problem, and then solve the next problem, and if you solve enough problems, you get to go home.”
- Astronaut Mark Watney aka Matt Damon
Inspired by The Martian, this scenario-based mission is about being quick-witted, resourceful and tenacious to work your way out of trouble. In the space of a week, you’ll have a go at life on Mars and explore a raft of survival skills from bushcraft to botany, science to engineering, resilience to inventiveness to succeed against the odds. You’ll have to adapt, improvise and overcome to make it home… The challenges you’ll take part in will include learning how to build a space blanket emergency shelter to keep you warm, practising your fire lighting skills with the little oxygen left in the wreckage of your spaceship, making charcoal, one of the most versatile of survival tools, learning all about hydroponics and Martian greenhouses to grow food, turning condensation into drinking water, creating tools from scavenged materials and using them to plan your way home, and learning resilience techniques from ISS astronauts!
INVENTIVENESS, PROBLEM-SOLVING AND RESILIENCE IN AN EXTREME - AND FUN - SCENARIO GAME OF SURVIVAL.
TYPE OF MISSION
RECOMMENDED AGE RANGE
8 - 11 (Years 4 - 6). Because of the nature of this mission and the specific skills and activities involved, it is only suitable for children 8 or older. If you have any questions about this or if you are unsure and would like to talk through with us, please free to call or email the team. We'll be very happy to advise.
Both Lead and Support Facilitators on this type of mission are Bushcraft Professionals with Forest School experience. Parents always receive a full list of facilitators a week or so before the start of camp. We operate an overall ratio of 1:8 in our camps. All facilitators are DBS and reference checked; all undergo The Hive in-house safeguarding training. Sites include several fully qualified First Aiders.
Five-day mission with the flexibility to book 2, 3 or 5 days.
The mission runs from 9.30am to 4pm.
Extended care is also available from 8.30am to 6pm - an additional charge applies.
END OF MISSION SHOWCASE
All Hive missions finish with an exhibition, showcase or performance for parents.The format depends on each particular mission. We usually ask parents to arrive between 15 and 30 minutes early to get the most out of the showcases.
Prices for this mission start at £140 per child for 2 days. The price decreases as more days are booked. We also offer sibling, multi-week and group discounts. Please click here to see our price list.
One free Hive T-Shirt is given to each child on this mission. Replacements will be charged for at a rate of £8 per T-shirt.