EdVenture Niseko promises one of the most
unique kids winter camp experience you’ll ever come across. Returning for another
season in snow-filled Niseko, the team at EdVenture have a program packed full
of adventure, designed so that kids aged between 4–14 years have an amazing
time both on and off the ski hill. We speak to Tim King, who leads the EdVenture
Team, about his hugely successful Niseko camps for kids and what he has in
store for the 2017/18 winter season.
Hey Tim, not long now
until winter starts. We can’t wait, and bet you and the EdVenture team can’t either!
So, how about we kick things off with our first question. Why do you choose to
hold your winter (and summer) camps here in Niseko, Japan?
Hey MnK Team, we’re excited to get
out in the snow in just a few short months, and to meet the kids from all over
the world who will be joining us this winter. We had a great summer program
this year, and can’t wait to trade our tents, bikes and rafts for snowboards,
skis and snowshoes.
Well, that’s a pretty easy one to answer first
up. Niseko is an incredible destination that is renowned for its beautiful
landscape, epic snow, safe environment and vibrant culture.
As you know, the EdVenture program is designed
for kids, but when we’re creating our camps we like to keep the whole family in
mind. We want to encourage families who might typically be city dwellers to get
out and explore nature. For some families that might not be possible in their
home town, so we like to provide the opportunity to do so and Niseko is the perfect
location to achieve that. The region of Hokkaido has no shortage of mountain
trails, forests, farms, lakes and wide-open spaces.
You certainly aren’t
wrong there Tim. Can you run us through what a typical day at your EdVenture winter
camp might look like?
One of the biggest reliefs for
parents is that they don’t have to worry about getting their children dropped
off early in the morning somewhere in Niseko; we take care of that by providing
a complimentary pick up and drop off service for all of our participants.
It’s important to note that each day is really
diverse, so there’s no way you’ll hear any kids saying, “I’m bored”. The
children are taken to the EdVenture space at The Orchards Club House, and
participate in interactive and engaging off the mountain snow activities.
Activities include back country exploring, snow cave building, snowboard
building and much more. Ensuring that the activities are integrated with
learning, skill development and heaps of fun is really important to me as I am
a qualified school teacher.
We then break half way through the day for a
nutritious lunch. Following a little rest and relaxation, children are divided
into small groups based on their skiing or snowboarding ability. The rest of
the afternoon is spent with the kids enjoying a semi-private lesson with some
of Niseko’s best teachers and guides.
Whether they are just starting out on the snow,
or are proficient with skiing or snowboarding, they’ll come away from the lessons
having gained something. After an exciting afternoon of exploring the ski
hills, away from the crowds, we drop all kids back at their accommodation so
they can fill their family in on the day’s adventures.
Wow, that is a
seriously jam-packed day! Is there flexibility to the way kids can get
Absolutely! We offer half day
(9:00am – 1:30pm) and full day (9:00am – 4:30pm) participation options. Our recommended
camp length is six days so that everyone can get the chance to know each other,
and can get the most out of the experience. However, parents can choose to
register their kids for one day or as many as they wish throughout the scheduled
camp dates. It all depends on a family’s individual holiday plans, so we work
to try and be as flexible as possible with the registration process. First and
foremost, we want all families to make the most of their time in Niseko and
enjoy themselves! Parents can register directly through our website
convenient. Once registration is complete and families have booked their
holiday to Niseko, what else do they need to prepare?
There are just a few things we ask parents
to keep in mind so as to ensure that all kids have an absolutely unforgettable
experience. It’s important that they have appropriate clothing to stay warm and
waterproof on and off the snow.
This include things like snow boots, a snow
jacket, snow pants and plenty of warm layers. In addition, they’ll need protective
equipment such as a helmet and goggles if they are participating in a full day
camp experience, and of course skis or snowboard, poles and boots for lessons.
This can be rented from ski equipment hire shops in Niseko like Rhythm (the
are great at helping to organise those things). If children
are hitting the snow, they will also require lift passes.
Last of all, parents will need to organise
accommodation for the duration of their stay. Both
offer great, affordable options for families.
For accommodation in the heart of Hirafu town, MnK offer
conveniently located apartment building.
We want to finish up
by asking you Tim, why should parents and guardians book their kids in for your
EdVenture 2017/18 winter season camps?
Well, firstly for those parents or
guardians whose children have been attending for years, there’s a reason they
want to keep coming back and that’s due to our ability to offer a varied
experience each time. No two camps are the same.
Our team is dedicated to providing a positive,
safe and accepting environment for all children. Each year is a new opportunity
for EdVenture camp kids to make long-lasting friends and grow in confidence.
What could be better than that?
For the parents or guardians who might still be
deciding whether or not to sign their kids up for EdVenture this winter, get in
touch with us and we’ll answer any further questions you might have. We’d love
to help you and your kids have a memorable experience in Niseko!
Thanks so much Tim, we
look forward to seeing you all this winter season! Best of luck with
preparations for the camps ahead.
Get a glimpse into what it's like to be part of fun at EdVenture's winter kids camp by watching the video below! Be sure to get in touch with our team if you have any further questions, or would like to secure a spot for the 2017/18 camp season.