Don’t Ever Ring the Bell combines intellectual development and physical challenge, in an atmosphere of energy and discipline.
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What does Don't Ever Ring the Bell mean?
'It is easy to quit in SEAL training. All you have to do is ring the bell three times and you're out. In tough times, there's always kind of a way out and that's quitting. That's just deciding you're not going to tackle this problem — you're going to let the problem or the situation win. It’s simple, you just don’t quit’ Admiral William McRaven
We provide the best experience possible for boys and girls to enrich their lives with leadership programmes, teamwork training and intriguing physical challenges, giving our candidates confidence and an edge in their future education and professional careers. All of our staff have passed the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The programme has been designed by individuals from Ivy League institutions. It is a highly relevant and positive addition to any application to top Universities in the United States, Great Britain and Europe.
Motivational speakers will accompany a regime of drama, public speaking and debating. Candidates will not just learn about such things; they will be practicing them each day. This, in turn, will sit alongside a physical programme of adventure, effort and endurance. Candidates will, amongst other activities, run, cycle, swim, climb, kayak, not only as an individual but also as part of a team.
Through the use of an Approved Activity Provider the Don't Ever Ring the Bell programme counts as fulfilling the residential section requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award along with expedition requirements for bronze, silver and gold awards.
The motivation to start Don't Ever Ring the Bell began when schools were forced to be predominantly focused on exam results.
Parents that spoke to us were frustrated by this and did not think the education process was as rounded as it should be. Don't Ever Ring the Bell was created in 2016.
Our unique offering enhances the summer experience for those boys and girls aged 12-17 accepted to join our camp.
As our base, we have a unique location in Wales, situated at the edge of the Brecon Beacons and the sprawling Brecon Beacons National Park.
Candidates will be staying in single sex rooms (from 2-6) with people of the same age.
Candidates will be put into teams that will be rotated throughout their duration, giving the opportunity to excel not only through teamwork but also to standout individually.
Each group will have an educator overseeing them full time.
The Don't Ever Ring the Bell programme provides candidates the opportunity to experience realistic and challenging programs with an insistence on excelling in team work, communication and leadership skills. With key outcomes of amongst others, confidence and autonomy.
From departure to return, the Don't Ever Ring the Bell programme places great emphasis on the different components it is providing its candidates. As a result, the different elements have been developed in conjunction with leaders and specialists in their fields:
High quality nutrition
Candidates will be met in London, at the Apollo theatre in Hammersmith. They will be transported to Wales ready for orientation and acclimatisation. They will dive straight in and head out on a night orienteering exercise.
Great food is an important part of the Don't Ever Ring the Bell programme. The right balance of calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals provides energy and the variety of nutrients young adults need.
We have two fantastic chefs, along with help from different teams on rotation, they will be preparing tasty fresh vegetables and fruits as snacks and using the finest quality fresh, natural and organic whole foods.
One team, on rotation, will be working collaboratively with our chef in the preparation and cleaning of that meal.
Wake up, followed by morning exercise (Yoga, stretching).
Morning roll call and inspection.
Candidates contribute to the cleanliness and maintenance of the camp.
Breakfast and morning briefing.
*(One team, on rotation, will be working collaboratively with our chef in the preparation and cleaning of that meal. There will be a Junior Chef TEAM OF THE WEEK.)
Primary Daily activity.
A combination of physical and mental challenges.
*(This could be a climbing expedition combining elements strategy, communication and planning.)
Secondary Daily Activity.
A combination of physical and mental challenges.
*(This could be expedition planning and leadership to be used in an orienteering challenge.)
Downtime. Guest speakers.
Dinner. Communal activities and reflection of the candidates' day. Presentations.
*(Candidates will each have a ten-minute time slot once per week to call home via a landline, or to write a letter.)
Check-in. Candidates are expected to check in with (person in charge of dormitories).
This is enforced every night to ensure our candidates are well rested, unless they are on one of the overnight exercises!