BAPA sets the standard for Quality, Safety and Value for activity centres and residential and day camp providers; so whether you’re choosing a centre for your next visit or you wish to apply to become an accredited member of BAPA, your search starts here……
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BAPA is pleased to report back on the recent seminar held on 8th October which focussed on:
Disruptive Innovation? – Supporting a Changing Sector and it’s Values
The Seminar attracted over 50 people from across the wide number of organisations that are involved in the structure and development of outdoor learning in the UK. Many participants left the event feeling enthused about the seminar and the feedback confirmed the need for wider dialogue between partner organisations to help build a stronger coordinated approach.
BAPA in the News!
News about BAPA's role in the wider educational context
The following quote is from the July 2014 Council for Learning Outside the Classroom's newsletter:
"There is no doubt that the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and the wider learning outside the classroom community has been effective in ensuring that LOtC is embedded into the curriculum and policy.
Recognising this achievement in a recent article for Education Investor magazine, James Croft (Director of the Centre for Market Reform of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs) commented:
“Thanks to coordinated, sector-wide effort, led by CLOtC, the British Activity Providers Association (BAPA), and others, they’ve [referring to residential LOtC providers] now fought their way on to the curriculum and are recognised as having real potential to play a key role in ensuring our young people are life and workplace ready when they leave school. To conclude that the sector is poised for further growth would be an understatement.”
BAPA was also featured in an article in the Independent Newspaper on Saturday 29th March 2014, in the Travel section.
The article was a long three page spread on Summer Camps and the National Director Pete Stacey, gave an interview to the journalist writing the article. The article highlights the benefits of independent accreditation that our members achieve through BAPA's inspection and accreditation processes, as well as giving parents ideas and reassurance about why they might choose to send their children to BAPA centres for their summer camp.
Several of our members were directly mentioned in the article which can be found by using this link here: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/travellers-guide-summer-camps
We are pleased to report that our AGM was held on Thursday 24th Apri, 2014.
at the Skillsactive Head Office, Castlewood House, 77-91 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1DG.
We had a very successful AGM and a number of elections to the BAPA Management Board were agreed and voted by the members. Also of note was the vote by members in favour of a new Code of Practice which has taken nearly two years to bring right up to date
The British Activity Providers Association represents activity providers in a range of ways; we promote the work of our members and support them in building a vibrant healthy activity sector which provides exciting and safe activities, delivered by competent staff in a wide range of environments. Our members have sites throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as well as the Isle of Man, Jersey and overseas in France and Spain.
With over 110 activity centres there is every certainty that our members can provide the activity you are looking for, whether it is an educational programme for your school or youth group, or a family activity break, or a corporate challenge.
Have a look at the members list and find out what our members can do for you!
BAPA membership is continuing to grow! After the 4 new members who joined the Association in 2014 we have 3 more new members with 9 centres which have all been inspected and accredited. Welcome to Closer to the Edge, in2Action and Compass Adventure . 2015 looks like being as busy with three prospective members already seeking to join us with another 5 new sites between them - these sites will be inspected and if successful these prospective members will be invited to join as full members in 2015.
All our members have been running their 2014 programmes and delivering lots of exciting and adventurous activities to hundreds of thousands of youngsters. Some members will provide day camp programmes whilst others will offer a complete residential experience – there is no single pattern of programme or operation across the BAPA membership, which as said above is growing at present.
All our members centres will be inspected and accredited either 2014 or 2015; many will gain the Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation Quality Badge which covers health, safety and learning support when providing an activity to their customers. Every BAPA member centre is always inspected every two years.
You can see if your centre has been accredited for this nationally recognised award by going to the following website: http://lotcqualitybadge.org.uk/search
Our inspection and accreditation programme was moderated by Adventure Activity Associates to ensure that we are accrediting our members to the required standards for Adventuremark and the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. The outcome was very successful and part of the report is shown below:
"The Scheme is well managed and keeps good records of providers, inspections and accreditations. This is crucial, as the BAPA methodology of inspection requires that there is good communication between inspectors and that good records are centrally maintained.This allows a more focussed approach with improved consistency and rigour."
The BAPA Code of Practice
This document has been developed over many years by members of the Association and with input from expert advisers when necessary. It sets out the standards by which all members commit to uphold and ensure they provide a quality experience which is exciting and safe. The Code is currently being revised to take account of significant changes in areas such as safeguarding and other activity developments. It will be launched again after the changes have been approved by the members at their next Annual General Meeting.
Contacting the British Activity Providers Association
If you have a query or want more information about the Association you can contact us in the following ways:
FOR COURSES, ACTIVITIES OR BOOKING AN ACTIVITY WITH A BAPA MEMBER
Please look at the members list and make contact directly with the member
TELEPHONE CONTACT – 01746 769982 – Please leave a message if the office is closed with your name and number and we’ll return your call when the office is next open.
FOR MEMBERSHIP INSPECTIONS OR ACCREDITATION ENQUIRIES - please contact our National Director, Peter Stacey on 01746 769982 or email him at Pete@thebapa.org.uk
Accounts and general email can be sent to email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!
The BAPA Quality Experience: Members and their customers can be re-assured that the BAPA scheme is backed by a detailed Code of Practice that provides excellent guidance and is reviewed annually. Besides agreeing to follow these standards, BAPA members are subject to frequent inspection to ensure that theory is borne out in practice. The BAPA scheme is an approved route to both the new national Adventuremark accreditation and the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.