Camp Cornwall

Summer camps at Porthpean Outdoor

The Ultimate Summer Camp Experience

Your Cornish Adventure Starts here

If you’re searching for an active, outdoor residential break for your child during the school summer holidays, search no more. Camp Cornwall at Porthpean Outdoor, situated in the beautiful county of Cornwall, with its super-friendly staff, spacious and comfortable accommodation, excellent security, own beach, and top class on-site activities, is just the ticket.

Tracing its origins back to the 1940s, when the centre first operated under the banner of the International Youth Camp, Camp Cornwall at Porthpean Outdoor aims to reimagine and recreate all the joy and wholesome fun of a traditional British youth camp… with the added pizzazz of the latter-day US-style summer camp.

Camp Cornwall brings together children from the ages of 8 to 14 from all over the globe, uniting in activity-led holidays in Cornwall in the company of new-found friends. As a centre specialising in the provision of school camps throughout the school calendar, Porthpean Outdoor is perfectly placed to continue this fantastic service through the summer holidays to welcome children from near and far to enjoy a supremely fun and wonderfully safe camp experience.

What is the Camp Cornwall Experience?

Camp Cornwall is a summer camp for 8 to 14-year-olds running for seven consecutive weeks through July and August as UK schools break for the summer. Children can stay on a 5 or 7 night basis.

The Camp Cornwall package includes ALL activities, meals, excursions, and accommodation. You may wish to pack a small amount of pocket money for treats for the week, but otherwise, everything will be taken care of during your child’s stay.

Our timetables provide amazing opportunities for all guests to experience the best in outdoor adventure with the best in instruction and customer care.  As a dedicated activity centre, operating all year round for young people, we are able to offer unrivalled standards in safety, activity instruction, and service.  Our dedicated team work at the centre helping schools groups in term term, not just for a few weeks over the summer, thus ensuring superior levels of staffing and training throughout Camp Cornwall.  We are immensely proud of our fantastic team!

Each group at Camp Cornwall is allocated a Camp Rep for their stay.  This individual is the go-to for any questions or concerns our guests may have; big or small, our Camp Rep is there to listen and sort!  Details of how we group our Camp Cornwall guests is available on our accommodation page.

Travel-wise, we have considered work commitments of parents in our programmes, with arrival days set as Saturday (7-night package) and Sunday (5-night package).  We are happy to recommend overnight accommodation nearby for any parents that wish to enjoy a night or two in Cornwall themselves after drop-off/before pick-up.

Our chaperone service offers a fun and safe alternative solution to transport to and from camp.  The chaperone service sees a member of our Camps Reps team meeting your child at London Paddington train station (or stops thereafter) to accompany them safely to and from the centre on arrival and departure days.  The price of our chaperone service includes a return train ticket and reserved seats with our Camp Rep and the Camp Cornwall group.


Being a specialist outdoor education provider, we understand children and we recognise they all have their own amazing ways of approaching tasks. We know that one size certainly does not fit all, so we operate our centre with children in mind at every turn, working to ensure everyone feels trusted, valued, and uniquely special.

With measurable improvements in trust, confidence, and resilience being gained from a summer camp, every element of the experience at Camp Cornwall has been designed to ensure every child leaves us with a smile on their face and stories aplenty to share at home.

It is widely recognised that outdoor learning has multiple benefits. It develops self-esteem, supports mental health and wellbeing, promotes inclusive learning, and enhances peer to peer relationships. With specific reference to our adventurous activities, at Camp Cornwall we see risk and reward as central to what we offer. We encourage children at every step as they venture outside of their comfort zone. At all times, supporting and recognising natural ability and considering safety.

During your child’s stay, we endeavour to offer them the complete experience of school camp fun and outdoor adventure, paying close attention to even the smallest detail.

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Are you ready for the ultimate summer camp?

Camp Cornwall is taking bookings for Summer 2024! We welcome children from near and far to enjoy a supremely fun and wonderfully safe camp experience.
We can’t wait to welcome your little adventurers to Camp Cornwall.


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