Q. What sort of food do you provide at a catered camp?
A. At catered camps we provide 3 meals a day, and also there are breads and spreads available for much of the day in case you need anything extra. Breakfast includes cereals, cooked breakfast and bread and spreads. Lunch is a selection of salads (and possibly soup) followed by cake and fruit. The evening meal is a cooked main course with a choice of vegetarian or meaty main course, followed by desert such as crumble, sponge, custard, or fruit salad. Most of the meals are prepared from fresh ingredients, locally sourced where possible. Tea, coffee, hot water, bread and spreads are available on a help-yourself basis 24 hours a day.
Q. I have a food allergy; will Folk Camps be able to provide food suitable for my diet?
A. We have some capacity to cater for people with the more common special diets. If you have further questions, please contact us to discuss the topic further.
Q. Who does the cooking?
A. At self-catered camps, it will be you, because you’ll be expected to feed yourself and arrange all your own meals either at your tent/caravan/campervan, or you might eat at a local pub or restaurant. Some self-catered camps organise a “bring and share” supper, but this is at the discretion of the camp Leader. They will let you know before you get to the camp if this will happen. If you are coming to a catered summer camp, then food preparation and cooking are done by a volunteer team for the whole camp – a different team each day so that the work is shared fairly. It is likely you will be asked to be in one of those teams. We find that cooking and eating together like this increases the feeling of community and it can be a great way to get to know other people.
Q. I don’t know the first thing about cooking or kitchens so will I will be able to come to a Folk Camp?
A. Yes, of course. You might do one of the many other jobs that are required, rather than spending a few hours in the kitchen. But if you are assigned cook’s duty, don’t worry because there will be other people cooking with you and a caterer who will ensure that you have all the right ingredients and instructions and will provide you with enough supervision.
Q. Can I get Real coffee on camp?
A. If you love your Real coffee then bring your own cafetiere and coffee supply, there is always plenty of hot water available. You can help yourself to a hot drink at any time of the day. Folk Camps provides tea, instant coffee and squash.
Q. What do I do with my crockery between meals?
A. It will be useful to bring a container such as a small bucket, box or bag to contain your crockery as most people leave them in the marquee/hall for convenience.
Q. What kind of food sharing might there be on a self-catered camp?
A. Many self-catered camps have a bring-and-share / pot-luck supper on one evening for those who want to join in. Lunchtime sessions in a local pub are also an opportunity.
Q. Will there be someone to look after my children?
A. No, no-one other than you will take responsibility for your offspring. Children are in the care at all times of the responsible adult who accompanies them. You might come to an arrangement during your holiday, with another responsible adult to act in loco parentis, but if so that will be a private agreement between the two of you. Children should not be left on site without a responsible adult in charge. Some of the workshops on each camp will be suitable for children, but our volunteer staff are not child-minders.
Q. What are the toilets like at a Folk Camp?
A. All Folk Camps have flush toilets. At some camps there will be additional loos – of the ‘tardis’ portable type - just to provide extra facilities, should they be required. So don’t worry about being “caught short”!
Q. What about hot water and personal washing facilities?
A. All Folk Camps will provide a supply of hot water. At a hall camp this will be from a tap inside the building. At a marquee hot water is provided from gas boilers. You collect your hot water from the boiler, filling it up with cold water afterwards so that there is always a constant supply. There will also be shower facilities – sometimes within a building, at others a shower tent is provided and portable shower equipment of the pump-up spray variety. Don’t worry, we’ll give you instructions for using it.
Q. How is washing up managed?
A. At a self-cater camp held in a hall you can either collect hot water and take it back to your tent, or you may be able to use the hall facilities for washing up. At a summer catered camp there are tables, washing up bowls and liquid provided. All you need to do is collect your hot water from the boilers – see the FAQ on hot water.
Q. My friends tell me I must bring my own cutlery and crockery – is that correct?
A. Yes. Of course for a self-catered camp you’d want to do that anyway but you need to bring your own eating things to a camp where food is provided for you too. Each person or family brings their own eating utensils and washes them up. You might like to consider marking your belongings so you can identify them if they become separated from you.
Q. Will I be able to charge my phone/tablet/iPad etc?
A. Yes, electricity is available at all Folk Camps; at a marquee camp there’s a generator providing electricity at specific times of day and a special area is set aside as a charging point. We cannot guarantee that all our camp locations will have a good mobile phone signal however.
Q. I might need to wash some clothes while I’m at the camp. Is there anywhere I can do this?
A. At weekend camps we don’t provide facilities for clothes washing but at week-long camps there’s a specific table, with bowls and an area set aside for the purpose. At a marquee camp you will also find an old-fashioned mangle too! Or you could find a local launderette.
Q. Can you give me some advice on buying a tent as I’ve never been camping before?
A. Yes, indeed. The rule is buy a tent larger than the manufacturer’s recommendation – so if there are two of you then get a three or four man tent, and so on. Tent manufacturers don’t seem to appreciate how much space you really need! It’s far better to have too much than too little. Though at a catered summer camp you may find that you spend little time in your tent apart from sleeping if you choose to join in many workshops, or just sitting around chatting with new friends.