about us

Camp Wild is owned and operated by Escot Estate at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary in glorious East Devon. The Escot Estate occupies 1100 acres of forest, farms and parkland approximately eight miles from Devon’s Jurassic Coast near Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth. The estate has been owned by the Kennaway family for over 200 years and is now an award winning venue for visitors wishing to discover more about the natural world. It is home to a variety of native animal species including red squirrels, beavers and wild boar.  If you would like more detailed information about Escot please visit www.escot-devon.co.uk.

Camp Wild has been designed to blend Escot’s unique setting with highly innovative summer camp activities from California. The result is a programme like no other in the UK.

The idea for the camp was brought over from the USA by Victoria Siddle-Virok, the Camp Wild Summer Camp Manager.  Victoria worked at the Headlands Institute campus of Nature Bridge in San Francisco for six years www.naturebridge.org where she taught hands on thematic environmental education to children from 5 years old to adult in outdoor and classroom settings. She taught, shared, laughed and explored with the children in one of the most bio diverse and beautiful places on earth. She led wilderness trips in Yosemite National Park (whilst unknowingly pregnant with her daughter!), climbed Mount Shasta, and sailed on the Pacific Ocean with her husband, discovering the abundance of marine life near San francisco. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this exciting camp.

Just imagine life at Camp Wild.  Children live in a yurt village, enjoy off site trips which focus on the Devon coast, play in Escot’s award winning forest playground, and discover the carefully designed core activity themes incorporating animals, water, and epic outdoor exploration in a natural environment. There’s a surprise around every corner.

We want your children to experience something distinct and special. We know what adventure means to children and we understand that summer is supposed to be fun.

For children, Camp Wild is pure enjoyment.  It really is as wild as it sounds!