What is The SSC?

THE ‘SSC’ WAS FOUNDED IN 1912 BY STANLEY NAIRNE, and originally stood for ‘Scottish Schoolboys Club’. Our official name is now SSC (A Club for the Youth of Scotland).
Although the Club has changed in many ways since its foundation, the ethos behind what we do has always remained the same. We recently changed the formal aim of the club to reflect the work we do with a wide range of young people. The aim is: "To create an inclusive environment where young people are encouraged to flourish and think for themselves in an atmosphere of fun, friendship and respect.”

We keep our aim at the forefront of how we run the Club and are always thinking of how best to do so in the most inclusive way possible.

The SSC is run by our volunteer body. They are a committed group, the majority of whom attended our camps as young people themselves, and wanted to ensure the Club continues to provide the experiences they all benefited from in their adolescence.


We were once a network of youth groups across Scotland, meaning we have a wealth of knowledge and experience of how to create incredible experiences for our young people. For some time now, our summer camp has been our main focus, however our Club is still a year-round and global community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about what we aim to achieve. 


Our community includes many lifelong friendships and families spanning generations, and we hope our Club will continue to be a kind and inclusive space where our young people can become a part of something really special. 

For many it our Club and camp is and was an entirely unique experience, and one which is not easily forgotten or left behind.

“Teneo et


Our motto is “Teneo et Teneor” which means “I hold and am held” – a sentiment which means a lot to us and something we strive to embody in how we treat each other.