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    Two camps for children, both with a beach setting and truckloads of adventure. Here’s what you need to know before signing up.

    PAINTBALL, bungee running, mini cricket —you name it, they have it. Children this summer will have a hard time choosing between two upcoming camps, both by the beach at ECR. The first one starts this weekend. A sleep over camp, it is organised by The Wild Tribe Ranch, that sports a new look and address now. Children can enjoy the full range of activities there and end the day with a campfire at night. The second one that starts next month features cooking, frisbee and obstacle courses to boot. Read on.

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    IF you are familiar with The Wild Tribe Ranch in Ponneri, you will be pleased to know that the adventure sports and outdoor training centre has relocated to ECR, with a bigger and more challenging setup. At heights ranging from 12 feet to 50 feet, now there is more for adrenalin junkies, like rope walking and zip lining. For the nervous first timers, CEO GV Satish Kumar assures that every person who signs up will be bound by belts and cords and will be accompanied by trained personnel. “We have a total of 19 activities now,” says Kumar, adding that the Devil’s Ramp is presently the toughest of the lot, with various obstacles at three different levels — the last being the zip line at 50 feet.
    Their upcoming camp for children allows the youngsters to try out all of the above activities and more, like ejection bungee and trampoline jumps. Beach football reaches an extremely tough level with body zorb soccer, while the simulated bull setup makes you a bull-rider for a short span of time, i.e. till you can negotiate the wildly bucking ride. For more vertigo-inducing experiences, hop on to the gyroscope or try the descender game, where you rappel down a wall using a rope. “After all the action during the day, the kids can chill beside a campfire all night long, where they play icebreaker games and sing songs. We have deliberately arranged accommodation with bunk beds in a nearby building to increase socialising among them,” he explains.
    Open for ages seven and above. Tomorrow and Sunday. `4,750 per head. Details: 9025689689

    —Karan Pillai

    Gilligan’s Beach Camp

    Covering fun-filled outdoor activities like water yoga to camping experiences like bonfire and barbeque on the beach, paintball centre Headshot, in collaboration with Polaris Off Road Sports and Indian Paintball Federation, are organising Gilligan’s Beach Camp in four different batches from April 1 to June 10. The first edition of the camp was held last year, but for private invitees only. This year, it is open to the public for the first time and is being held at the private beach site of Polaris, in Pattipulam on ECR.
    “Children will be taught cooking as well as barbeque by a team from Anglo Aunty’s Takeaway. There will also be shallow water yoga conducted by trained athletes and canvas painting by art therapists. The young ones get to indulge in other sports like frisbee, volleyball, obstacle courses, and, of course, paintball,” shares Mallika Angela, the camp director of Headshot. Focus group discussions will also be held to aid the children in developing a positive approach, team building and communication skills, she adds.
    “The children can be accompanied by either of their parents during the camp. However, the elders are required to follow the basic camp rules, like no usage of cell phones. They can use the office phone at the site,” adds Angela. “Trained professionals, equipped with safety kits, will be working with and monitoring the children throughout the camp. There are also doctors and ambulances easily available on call,” she affirms.
    Registrations close on March 31. Rs 5,500 per head for 2D/1N

    — Lalitha Ranjani

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