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Ready for the summer and your NCS with The Challenge experience? Us to - we have programs in the Ullswater Valley in the Lake District, The Forest of Bowland and the North East of England.  This week is all about meeting your team and sharing some amazing adventures with them. Your adventure will consist on loads of Challenges from Climbing to Raft building, Jumping into the lake on the traverse or climbing the peaks of the northern fells.  Along the way you will also get the chance to try mindfulness exercises, wild swim and camp or experience traditional story telling.  We won't tell you everything as part of the experience is discovering the challenges as a team!

In case you're joining us this summer as a participant or a member of staff we've prepared some answers to frequently asked questions...

Where will we be staying?

At the Ullswater location (Park Foot) and Lancaster (Littledale camp) you'll be in a tented village with glorious views of the lake, its definitely more glamping than roughing it.  At the North East centre (Kirklee Hall) you'll be staying in student halls of residence accommodation.

What should I bring?

Everything for the activities is provided including sleeping bags, waterproofs and boots. Bedding is provided at Kirklee Hall. If you want to bring your own thats great, in the tented village in Ullswater there is limited phone charging so you may want to bring a battery pack (or even better unplug for a few days!).  There are tuck shops and Epic stash available at the centres so if you want to bring a sensible amount of money thats cool.

What do I do if I have specific medical/dietary or support needs?

When you apply let The Challenge know all the details and we work closely with them to ensure you get everything you need.  All our food is locally sourced - we do all we can to minimise the environmental footprint of our programs.  All our staff are trained not only as instructors but as first aiders, every week also has mental health first aiders.  We are licensed by the adventure activities licensing authority so you can be assured you're in good hands.

Im looking forward to it but have to admit I'm a bit nervous!

That's normal, these programmes are meant to be challenging! At Epic we believe people are best outdoors and just the right amount of challenge teaches us loads about ourselves.  But its all challenge by choice, our instructors know how to give you just the right amount of challenge but ensure your still having fun and making amazing memories. Imagine waking up in 50 years and being the same person you are today - sounds scary to us - challenge yourself!

Still got questions? Drop us a line we're here to help - See you this summer!