P.U.M.A. Summer CampP.U.M.A's Annual Summer Training Camp for Everyone
P.U.M.A. Summer CampP.U.M.A's Annual Summer Training Camp for Everyone
PUMA’s Annual Summer Camp 2019
PUMA’s annual family summer training camp will once again be held in picturesque village of Croyde Bay in North Devon at Cherry Tree Farm Campsite. The 2019 camp will run for 1 week commencing on Saturday 27th July 2019 and finish on Saturday 3rd August 2019 and is open to all PUMA Students, friends of PUMA Taekwondo and Kickboxing students aged 7 and upwards along with their families.
The camp is open to all grades and in recent years we have had students ranging from white belts up to 5th degree black belts training.
PUMA Summer Camp gives students a fantastic opportunity to train with PUMA’s Masters and other senior grades who have well over 200 years martial arts experience between them! This year you have 3 duration options
- Staying for the full week, Saturday to Saturday, for the total summer camp experience
- Stay for just the weekend where the training is more intense over 2 days
- Stay from Monday to Friday and experience a more spread out training experience over 5 days
Whatever your training goals, summer camp is a great opportunity to take your training to another level. If that’s all you need to know the booking form is below. If you need more convincing, read on…
Weekend Training Camp
Following a successful 2018 format, we will once again have the option for the Summer Camp 2 day weekend training experience. This is ideal for those sort on time or wanting taste summer camp without a full weeks commitment available.
Arrival is from 1300 on Friday 26th July, but arriving Saturday is fine too. Training will start with seminars on Saturday afternoon followed by an evening social for everyone. On Sunday there will be a beach training session to start the day followed by further seminars. The seminars will take place at Cherry Tree Farm Campsite assuming that the weather is ok but we will also have Barnstaple Leisure Centre booked for the Sunday in the event of less favourable weather to ensure training will not be disrupted. All of the sessions are optional so you can do as much or as little as you feel like.
Monday to Friday Training
Monday will be a rest day to allow students staying the week to train as much as they wish over the first weekend and make for some well earned family or social time. From Tuesday to Friday there will be regular training covering morning beach training, junior sessions, technical sessions and varied seminars from senior grades. The trainign will include –
- Sparring, set sparring, technical taekwondo / kickboxing and padword
- Stretching, flexibility, and fitness
- Weapons, groundwork and more
The morning sessions may involve a short jog of approximately 1 mile. As a guide you should be able to jog for about fifteen to twenty minutes at a steady pace so if you do not normally run (or jog) it would be advisable to do some specific training prior to the camp.
Booking and Cost
Booking and Cost
- The individual weekend or Monday-Friday cost is £50 pp and the whole week is £80 pp
- there are discounts for families and <13 years are less, see booking form for details.
The cost of camping at Cherry Tree Farm is not included in this cost and is arranged direct with them once the form is submitted. Last year the cost to camp was £10 per adult per night with discounts for younger juniors. We are waiting for confirmation from Cherry Tree as to the prices for this year but expect them to be similar. If you prefer to stay in more solid accommodation the Accommodation Page has options for the Croyde area…camping is the best way to experience the camp atmosphere but we understand its not everyone’s cup of tea 🙂 Return the completed for to PUMA Admin, address on the form.
You can arrive from 1300 on Friday 26th July.
Summer Camp Instructors
This years PUMA Summer Camp will be lead by –
- Mr Daniel Lammin V Degree
- Mr David Pixton V Degree
- Mr Nick Evans V Degree
Summer Camp Preparation
Morning Session – The morning sessions may involve a short jog of approximately 1 mile. As a guide you should be able to jog for about fifteen to twenty minutes at a steady pace so if you do not normally run (or jog) it would be advisable to do some specific training prior to the camp. Practicing jogging / walking intervals i.e. jog 2 mins / walk 1 min, then build to jog 3 / walk 1 etc.
Morning sessions will involve training on a beach…and you may get your feet wet too! Bring a small towel to clean the sand off your feet after the sessions. A small rucksack or bag you can jog with to the beach is useful to carry these items.
Training Clothes – We always try to book good weather but a few things to consider for the week – wet and dry training clothes, suntan lotion, a sun hat / cap / sunglasses for afternoon training, casual training clothes in case of inclement weather for technical sessions (normally these are doboks but we’re lead by the weather), outdoor training clothes for the morning sessions – most of the time shorts, t-shirt, trainers and tracksuit top are fine. Many students wear clothes suitable for beach training – i.e. light weight and dry quickly. A shower proof lightweight or wind proof jacket can be really useful too.
Dress Code – For seminars and the weekend training this will be casual if out doors; but if we go to Barnstaple sports centre sunday this will be doboks – don’t forget them along with your belt and license. Technical sessions in the week will be doboks, weather permitting – if you have a couple of doboks that will help you manage the number of training sessions. Don’t panic of you have only one, there is a launderette at the Ruda shop complex just outside Cherry Tree Campsite.
Footwear – Trainers for getting to and from the beach and out door training sessions. Otherwise, whatever foot wear you would pick for a holiday that could be warm with maybe rain! Some people opt for a pair of wellies or shoes that are good for wet grass – even in the morning the grass can have morning dew even without rain. Also Croc’s style foot wear does this too (other brands are available!).
Wet and Warm Clothes – Bring some warm clothes – jumper, coat etc as we are outdoors and the evening could be cool and so could the nights. Bring a waterproof too. Not always needed, but better to be prepared 🙂
Camping – Tent, chair, cooking items/equipment, sleeping matt / camp bed, sleeping bag, pillow, clothes pegs, towels, wash kit are your basics. A good light is essential and a head torch or torch advisable. Head torches are very useful on summer camp! Make sure you bring some decent storm pegs, you may not need them but it can be windy and these are essential in any good camping kit.
Food – the campsite doesn’t have a shop but there are plenty of options. A short walk to the Ruda Holiday park will get you to a campsite shop with pretty much all emergency and BBQ / camping type food. For supermarket choice there is a decent Tesco’s in Braunton a 10-15 min drive.
Speak to your instructor for more advice or someone that’s already been to a summer camp.
Croyde Bay and the Surrounding Area
As with all P.U.M.A. Camps there is more to the week than just training. P.U.M.A. Camps are very welcoming and inclusive and you will also get plenty of time to socialise, make new friends and enjoy some down time doing whatever you fancy.
Croyde is a small village on the stunning North Devon coast but offers everything that you need for a great holiday. The village itself is has plenty of places to eat and drink including the ever popular Thatch Inn, Billy Budds and the Blue Groove to name but a few. There are also plenty of places to get a well earned ice-cream, pasty or cream tea to refuel after training (very nice if a little addictive).
The many local beaches are regularly voted amongst the very best in the country (or better). Putsborough Beach, where morning training sessions generally take place, has been voted the best beach in Britain, 4th best in Europe and 13th best in the World! With beaches like this, why would you want to go anywhere else?
When we are not training there is plenty to keep children and adults alike entertained including
- Ice creams, pasties, fudge, cream teas
- Family friendly pubs and restaurants
- Stonebaked pizza stall
- Tea rooms
- Surf shop
- BMX/skate park
- Weekly craft market
- Weekly deckchair cinema
- Coastal paths with beautiful views
- Surfing / beach volleyball
- Beach time of course!
- Adventure playgrounds
- Plenty of local pubs – Billy Buds and The Thatch are favourites!
- Cascades fun pool at Ruda holiday park
- Visit Woolacombe and Ilfracombe costal towms
- National Trust – Arlington Court (Barnstaple), Baggy Point (Croyde) and a Sandleigh Tearoom (Croyde)
- Pampering at the 4 star Saunton Sands Hotel
There really is plenty to do in Croyde and the surrounding areas!
Summer Camp Accommodation
Along with the fantastic training opportunities one of the other great aspects of PUMA Summer Camp is the social side and so we highly recommend that you join us in camping at Cherry Tree Farm Campsite, the home of PUMA summer camp since the first one back in 2001. This is where the instructors and vast majority of students stay and enables you to make the most of all aspects of the camp. The site is perfectly located only a short walk from the beach and centre of the village, however Cherry Tree Farm doesn’t have electric hook-ups but you are welcome to bring camper vans or trailer tents.
We are lucky enough to have a large field at the back of the site to ourselves, which can easily accommodate 100 people or more with plenty of room for both training and socialising. Cherry Tree welcomes both tents and camper vans (although please note there aren’t any electric hook ups). This year we will have a large scout marquee on site, which will make it easier to continue training if the weather is less favourable and be a great social hub for the week as well.
If you would prefer not to camp then there are a number of other options available such as caravans, lodges, cottages and many local B&B’s. Please find below some guidance/links that you may find useful if you are interested in any of these options:
Ruda Holiday Park
Ruda Holiday Park offers both static caravans and lodges: http://www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk/devon-holidays/ruda/ruda-holiday-park.htm
Croyde Unison Holiday Villiage
Croyde Unison Holiday Village has various options including self catering, half board and larger lodges and offers discounted rates for Unison members: https://www.croydeunison.co.uk/
Bed & Breakfast
There are numerous bed & breakfast options in Croyde which can be found via google searches or accommodation sites such as booking.com.
If you google Croyde Holiday Cottages you will find a number of websites offering holiday cottages for rent. Please note that these are only generally available for the whole week and will generally be the most expensive option given that it is peak season. Change over days vary with some from Saturday to Saturday and others from Sunday to Sunday.
Please remember that Croyde Bay is a popular holiday destination and so it is likely that some of the above will get booked up early so if you are thinking of staying somewhere other than Cherry Tree we highly recommend booking early to avoid any issues. If booking B&B accommodation or a cottage please check the location is actually in Croyde Village as some sites also list places in neighbouring villages such as Georgeham. In order to ensure that you are able to make the most of you time of camp we would ask that you book accommodation within Croyde Village itself.
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During the week you will have the opportunity to train and get to know the P.U.M.A.s Masters and many senior grades. Between them they will share their knowledge and experience as they take you on a taekwondo training journey! The Week is led by Mr Daniel Lammin VI and Mr David Pixton V. Read more about all the other instructors here…
Find out more about Croyde Bay where PUMA Summer Camp is held, Putsborough Beach (morning beach training!), the surrouding area and all the activities available when we are not training!
We are making some exciting changes to the 2018 camp to bring you a new schedule to maximise training variety, experience and socilaising for students and their families! Find what, who will teach seminars
The main training takes place on Cherry Tree Campsite in Croyde Bay and the majority of students and families camp in one field so the training and socialising is all together. But, if camping isn’t your thing there are other options!
Summer Camp Preparation
Find out what kind of preparation you need to make to attend a PUMA Summer Camp. Its not as much as you think but a little planning and a bit of preparation will go a long way.
Details coming soon…