Our residential | Breadalbane Academy
School residentials that are short and close to home can make outdoor adventure accessible to more young people. Scott Douglas, Principal Teacher of Physical Education and Outdoor Learning at Breadalbane Academy (and Scouts volunteer) tells us how his school’s one-night camping residential at Scout Adventures Meggernie, helped develop a sense of belonging among his school’s S2 year group.
“Outdoor learning has become an integral part of the curriculum at Breadalbane Academy with all subjects providing outdoor learning experiences throughout the year. On top of this, we have developed a curriculum in outdoor activities across S1-3, which provides greater challenge for our pupils. This has involved activities, such as, skiing, hillwalking, white-water rafting, and our S2 residential camp.
The camp provided pupils with the opportunity to further develop relationships with their peers as well as teaching staff.
“Our camp was just for one night at Scout Adventures Meggernie. The pupils left school on the Wednesday at 4pm and returned to school the next day at around 3pm.
“The programme was pretty flexible but our main aim was to get the pupils to experience camping with their peers. Camping is a great way to develop a range of skills in terms of team work, leadership and communication skills when pitching the tents.
“The pupils gathered firewood for the site, went on a local walk, and enjoyed some field games. In the evening, everyone had the chance to socialise around the campfire.
“We chose Meggernie for the camp because it is so remote, yet close to our school, which made transport easier. The lack of mobile signal there was a huge bonus because it helped our group integrate. Having access to catering facilities was helpful and the barn gave us an indoor option if needed. Fortunately, the weather was amazing!
“The camp provided pupils with the opportunity to further develop relationships with their peers as well as teaching staff. We are hopeful that this will build stronger relationships, which in turn will support their learning in the classroom.
“Our pupils were also able to develop skills, such as resilience, team work, communication, which they can use throughout school and later in life."