If you were following Mount Cook Adventure Centre’s progress in May 2016, you will have heard about the organisation’s exciting new partnership with national school trip provider JCA. Nearly a year later, and the high season in collaboration with JCA has officially begun, as the two organisations prepare to welcome over 30 primary and secondary schools from across the UK to Mount Cook Adventure Centre between April and June this year.
Mount Cook’s eco-centre, which opened in July 2016, is the ideal destination for JCA’s renowned schools residential adventures, where pupils take on exciting activities that develop learning outside the classroom. This collaboration, taking place throughout spring/ summer and autumn 2017 and 2018, provides the opportunity for more children and young people to visit the Peak District and enjoy the area’s incredible natural landscape through outdoor adventure activities. The partnership will also benefit Mount Cook Adventure Centre as the team hope to gain valuable experience from JCA, a well-established school trip provider for over 20 years.
Joint founder and director of Mount Cook, Colin Adams said: “I am thrilled by our partnership with JCA. Our two organisations complement each other well, and we share a joint passion for getting children outdoors and allowing them to develop self-confidence through participation in adventurous activities. Together, we can reach out to pupils from across the UK, and give as many children and young people as possible the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful area.”
JCA operates five residential activity centres nationwide. Condover Hall, in Shropshire, is owned year-round by JCA and underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2011. In the intervening years JCA has developed their activity programmes in other UK centres and, most recently, partnered with Mount Cook to offer new accommodation options in a more northern area of the UK.
Mount Cook can accommodate 140 guests in the main building of the Centre, with a further 40 guests in their brand new eco-friendly Glamping Pods. The bedrooms within the Centre sleep up to four guests in bunk-bed accommodation, with an ensuite bathroom and secure lockers. The Pods also sleep four guests, and offer an ensuite toilet and washbasin. Showers are located in the communal toilet and shower block within the main building. USB points are available in each pod to charge devices. These quaint and simple ‘Hobbit Houses’ provide everything guests need to enjoy a cosy stay in the great outdoors!