Abingdon and Witney Business Boot Camp 15th – 16th January 2013
We welcomed year 13 Business students from Abingdon and Witney College to take part
in a Boot Camp. They were split into four groups and set the task:
‘market the boot camp experience to an unfamiliar audience’
The popularity of the activities was only overtaken by the anticipation of the pig
roast dinner which is becoming a hallmark of the camps. From 5.00am the pig was roasted
over an open fire, being rotated at a stately 3rpm by our 1929 Lister engine. When
after 14hours cooking the time arrived to carve and serve we were joined by guests
to share and enjoy the feast.
These teams worked late into the night firstly on the tasks and secondly on the marketing
presentation, under the guidance of tutors from the college and the group leader
Suzy who was full of advice and observations no matter what the hour.
Day two soon was swallowed up and it was off to the barn for presentations to our
Without exception the groups had understood the task and delivered a high quality
plan, all good enough to be taken into the field. The panel were finding it difficult
to arrive at a decision for this round of the Oxford Enterprise award, but were eventually
unanimous that ‘Team Experience’ had the best overall presentation.
From the participants a few comments on departure;
“Great way to educate and encourage communication between peers”
“Brilliant in a unique way”
“Hill end has a very welcoming environment with lovely staff and food. Plus the grounds
“It was a completely different way of creative thinking and learning”