Q&A | Summer camp at Lochgoilhead
Our Lochgoilhead centre welcomes Scouts from all over the UK and further. 2nd Braintree and Bocking Scouts from Essex travelled to the centre by train to enjoy their summer camp. We asked Leader Bradley to tell us about their adventure.
Why did you pick Lochgoilhead as the venue?
We picked Lochgoilhead as our location for this year’s summer camp as we wanted to give the Scouts the feeling that they were going somewhere far away from home while keeping the travelling costs to a minimum. We wanted a venue that provided all the activities on site (or close by), as well as having good accommodation and great food.
How did you travel there?
We travelled by train and coach. We took the train from Stansted Airport to Glasgow, changing at Peterborough and Edinburgh. We then had a coach booked to take us from the train station in Glasgow to Lochgoilhead. Travelling by train is great for kids. They can get up, move around and chat among themselves.
What did you do at Lochgoilhead?
Our programme was designed by the centre’s staff team. We did two activities a day: the three stack (a high ropes activity), canoeing, rock climbing, sailing, burn run and raft building. However, there were many more activities we could have chosen! We used our rest day to go hiking. The centre staff were great with giving us ideas, providing maps and a packed lunch.
Did the Scouts achieve any badges during their stay?
During the last two days of our camp, each Scout had the option to complete a badge from a list of about five different options.
Some Scouts picked the Climber Activity Badge and others chose the Sailing Staged Activity Badge. A few picked the Expedition Challenge Award. To complete this, the Scouts hiked and camped away for the night and returned to the Centre by hiking part of the way then completing their journey by powerboat! The centre provided all the food and tents for the expedition.
The badge courses were great. Our Scouts really felt they had achieved something by the end of our camp.
What were your favourite things about the camp?
The Scouts said their favourite activity was the burn run. This involved walking and climbing up a small river, and the Scouts even had the chance to climb and swim under the waterfalls, which was something none of them had ever done before.
The food was amazing. It was all cooked for us with seconds on offer every day. We enjoyed a cooked breakfast, hot or cold lunch and a range of evening meals.
What would you say to other groups looking for a venue for next year’s summer camp?
This venue is the place to go. It’s easy to travel to and with everything provided and laid out for you, it is so easy to organise a summer camp at Lochgoilhead. The instructors are great with the young people and adults can join in all the activities. The site offers so many activities in one place and this can’t be found at many other sites. The accommodation and facilities are great making this the place to go for a fantastic, cost-effective summer camp.