ADVENTURE South West

ADVENTURE South West


Below we have all the information you will need for your Contagious Conference this summer. If you would like general information for what a Contagious ADVENTURE Conference is like then please click on the link here.

Contagious ADVENTURE SW runs from Monday 5th until Sunday 11th August 2024. The Conference will begin with registration between 2-3pm. If you are going to be later than this please contact nick.jackman@contagious.org.uk in the weeks before the Conference or Nick Jackman on 07933 068667 on the day.

Our Conference will finish with a final response meeting at 11am until 12noon when the children will be de-registered before our picnic together between 12-12.30pm.

If you are going to be delayed for any reason to pick up your child then please contact us using the phone number above.

Contagious ADVENTURE SW is at Sexey’s School, Cole Rd, Bruton BA10 0DF. When you arrive please follow the map below to the Macmillan Boarding House for registration (NOT school Reception). Due to package travel regulations we are unable to provide transport from train stations to the venue.

You will be able to drop off bags here then continue on to one of a number of carparks nearby. Make your way back to Macmillan boarding house to register your child and settle them in – we won’t be going to bedrooms at this point, the children will have a number of activities they can join in with. 

At the registration desk you will be able to hand over any medication your child needs and speak to our medical supervisor Esther Jackson if you need to. There will also be the opportunity to pay for tuck for your child – we pre-prepare small bags of sweets for the children to have at afternoon break, this is entirely optional and there are other healthier snacks available if you’d prefer your child to eat those instead. But for those who would like it, it’s £3 for a week of tuck sweets (enjoy this – once they graduate to the older camps they can go wild and make their own choices in the tuck shop!) 

 At 3pm we will gather the children together and head over to our welcome meeting in the main hall, this will be your cue to head home.

The Children will sleep in comfortable bedrooms with single low beds in rooms of 2-4 people.  Clean toilets, basins to wash and brush teeth and easy to use showers are located on the same floor, just along the corridor.  Their small group leaders will sleep in separate rooms nearby.  Each room will be labeled clearly and lights in the corridor will remain on 

overnight. Children may bring a small plug in night light if the dark is a problem, but we discourage torches as it can prolong bedtime unnecessarily.

Within our boarding house we have a large common room with refreshments, games and outside areas to play.  There is a short 4 minute walk to the main school buildings where we will eat in the dinner hall, play in the sports facilities and enjoy our teaching sessions in the school hall. 

  • Clothing appropriate for a range of weather and activities.  It would be helpful if clothes could be labeled with their names.
  • Separate bag for dirty washing to go in to
  • Shoes including those suitable for running/activities
  • Plastic water bottle with their name on.
  • Bible (we will be teaching from the New International Version)
  • Pens (young people will be provided with their own teaching booklets for writing notes in)
  • Swimwear and towel (and goggles/pool toys if you want – no huge inflatables!)
  • Clothing suitable for water games – you might want some crocs or water shoes (optional!)
  • A white cotton t-shirt or other item of clothing/bedding (eg pillowcase) suitable for dying/painting (optional craft activity) 
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Sun cream and hat (essential – please label suncream)
  • Small light up alarm clock or watch – it’s useful for each room to have some way of telling the time to avoid super early starts!
  • Some quiet activities to keep in your room for early risers – card games, travel games, colouring books, puzzle books etc. 

Bedding is provided.

Please don’t send your children with any extra food/sweets, there will be plenty of food available to them (including sweets in the afternoon!) and snacks from home cause issues for children with dietary requirements. Any extra food brought will be stored centrally until the end of camp.

Children do not need to bring pocket money with them for the Conference.

There will be the opportunity to pay for tuck for your child – we pre-prepare small bags of sweets for the children to have at afternoon break, this is entirely optional and there are other healthier snacks available if you’d prefer your child to eat those instead. But for those who would like it, it’s £3 for a week of tuck sweets and you can pay at the registration desk on arrival.

At the end of the week there will be a bookstall available when you pick up your child. We will have a card reader so that you can pay for any books that you would like to purchase.

We are hoping to take some general photos or videos during the week that may be used for publicity, uploaded on our website or shared on social media sites.
If you have particular concerns about social media, photographs or publicity, please inform us by emailing admin@contagious.org.uk.

We would rather the children didn’t bring their own phones to Adventure, however if you are keen that your child does bring a phone, we will store them centrally and securely for the majority of the time, and they can come and ask for them after dinner for a short time so that they can communicate with you. They will not have access to the Wi-Fi code, so you will need to make sure they have credit available. 

We’re keen that while the children are at Adventure they enjoy the experience and independence of being away from home. Sometimes being in regular contact with ‘home’ can make homesickness worse, so we won’t routinely encourage the children to call home.  Children without phones who are keen to speak to their parents will be able to use a leader’s phone to call you, it may appear as ‘No caller ID’. If you need to communicate something to your child(ren) over the course of the week, you can contact Nick Jackman on 07933 068667 or Lucy Drane on 07738 082906 and we can pass messages on or arrange a conversation. Please don’t make plans/promises to speak everyday – this is hard to facilitate and rarely needed.

We’ll provide postcards for the children and encourage them to write home to let you know how they’re getting on, but we know it will be important for you to know in real time what your children are up to at Adventure, so we will post a daily update via email.

We ask that the children don’t bring any electronic devices, including tablets, handheld games, laptops etc. There will be so much else going on they won’t need them. If they are brought we will store them centrally and securely until the end of camp and the children will not have access to them.

You should have given us all relevant medical, SEN and pastoral information when you signed up on Brushfire. If you have any further information to give us or need to update anything then you can do that by accessing your booking on Brushfire.

If you wish to update anything less than six weeks before the conference please email admin@contagious.org.uk. This is because we often pull the relevant information for each Conference from the booking website around six weeks before the conference, and by emailing us we can make sure that the necessary people are notified.

When you booked onto Contagious, we asked you to agree to our terms and conditions. You can access them here. In particular, please note our expectations with regards to behaviour throughout the week. With particular regard to Adventure age children, we ask that you remind your children the importance of staying with their SUS leaders (or other appointed leaders if they are doing an activity) and not wandering off, we need to know where the children are at all times, therefore we don’t let them roam the school site independently. We will make these expectations clear to the children in the opening meeting, but a reminder from you will be helpful. Any child who repeatedly pushes this boundary will need to go home.

If you need to get in touch with us at any point during the week then you can do that using the contact information below:

  • Non-urgent enquiries – admin@contagious.org.uk
  • Urgent enquiries or emergencies – Nick Jackman on 07933 068667 or Lucy Drane on 07738 082906
What does a typical day look like?

7am is wake up time, followed by a filling breakfast at 8am before having our morning teaching session. After a short break we’ll have time studying the Bible in small groups. 

In the afternoons there are a range of activities available with a break for refreshments in the middle. Some of the activities are all-together while others are in smaller groups.

Dinner is at 5.15pm and then we join back together for the evening teaching session. Later on we have a leaders vs. campers competition before getting ready for bed. Each day finishes with hot chocolate (or an alternative)!

What is being taught at Contagious this year?

We are looking at the book of Philippians at our ADVENTURE Conferences. We will be seeing how the gospel brings us joy and how we can have joy in partnering with others and listening to and obeying God’s word.

How are young people kept safe at Contagious?

We are serious about keeping all children and young people safe at Contagious. If you would like to read our safeguarding policy then you can access that here.

How can I be praying for Contagious? 

We would love it if you could be praying for us throughout the week! It is only through God’s word applied to the hearts of the young people through the Holy Spirit’s work that lives are changed. Please be praying for faithful teaching and for hearts opened to the good news of the gospel. For particular points for prayer check out our dedicated page.