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mission overview



My name is Helena Bygone. I’m Head Scientist at INFo (International Nature Forensics Organisation).
My good friend Oriel Sterling is in BIG trouble!!!

He’s been accused of being a thief! Apparently he stole the precious seed of the Calix, an extremely rare tree that his great grandmother Beatrice discovered on an expedition to the African plains over 100 years ago.... It’s been buried in secret at Eltham College for all this time but now it’s just been stolen!

Only last week Frank Willis, who is Head of Security at Eltham College, woke up to find it gone! He couldn't remember anything and he felt very weak: he thought he had been poisoned.  There was a big meeting at Eltham College that night with over 50 scientists from around the world. It could have been any of them! And whoever it is, they’re trying to frame Oriel!!!

I need help. I need a team of smart people like you!  You'll be securing the crime scene, collecting forensics and evidence, breaking nature codes, identifying poisons, tracking footsteps, building camouflaged lookouts, laying a bait, and hopefully catching the thief to recover the precious seed. 

Are you in? Oriel needs you!!!!!!!


Tons of hands-on fieldwork experimentation and forensics: a proper science mission, together with a focus on deduction and problem-solving skills.

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Stories & Adventures

5 1/2 - 8 (Years 1 - 3). Please note that this is only a recommendation. In our experience, stories and adventures really engage children up to around 8. Every child is different however and you know your child best! If you are unsure and would like to talk through with us, please free to call or email the team. We'll be very happy to advise.

Our Lead Facilitators tend to be practising Primary School Teachers, supported by Outdoor Practitioners and Drama Professionals. Parents always receive a full list of facilitators a week of so before the start of camp. We operate an overall ratio of 1:8 in our camps. All facilitators are DBS and reference checked; all undergo The Hive in-house safeguarding training. Sites include several fully qualified First Aiders.

Five day mission with the flexibility to book as little as 1 day or as much as 5 days. If you are only booking 1 or 2 days, we suggest choosing the beginning of the week to help the children truly experience the developing story. 

The mission runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Extended care is also available from 8.30am to 6pm - an additional charge applies.

All Hive missions finish with an exhibition, showcase or performance for parents.The format depends on each particular mission. We usually ask parents to arrive between 15 and 30 minutes early to get the most out of the showcases.

Prices for this mission start at £53 per day per child. The daily price decreases as more days are booked. We also offer sibling, multi-week and group discounts. Please click here for further information. 

One free Hive T-Shirt is given to each child on this mission. Replacements will be charged for at a rate of £8 per T-shirt.