Camp is...Magic!

Camp is...Magic!

Each year we build a bright and beautiful campsite entirely under canvas at Struan, near Calvine. There, our campers can come together, enjoy the summer, be outdoors and get involved in all of the varied activities we offer.We pride ourselves on being different from any other camp you may have heard about before. It is hard to describe, but we know we help our young people to build confidence, learn new skills and we have a proven track record of our campers making friends for life! The majority of our volunteers are former campers, who all forged great friendships, and credit SSC with many of the best parts of themselves.

at camp, we live entirely under canvas

At camp, everyone will have a day group and a tent group. Tent groups sleep in our lovely green billet tents, and are single sex. The tent groups are made up of a few of our younger campers, a few of those ‘in the middle’ and the groups are led by two returning senior campers. The day groups are the same, but the sexes are mixed. Campers eat with their day groups, in our large ‘mess’ marquee, and they compete throughout the week with this group in various camp-wide competitions and games.

Our campsite has a beautiful river and is surrounded by trees and hills. There’s loads of space to run around, explore and enjoy being in nature.

We all play “sports” together most mornings at camp 

Some are traditional sports like football, volleyball and ultimate frisbee. However, others like Ringo and Puddocks – we completely made up!  The emphasis in our morning sport is trying something new and playing as part of a team!  We want everyone to enjoy themselves. For those that take their sport a bit more seriously we offer various tournaments and competitions throughout camp –  but it’s also okay to just find a sunny spot by the volleyball pitch and watch.

However, we don’t just offer activities for sport lovers! 

For campers that are more into their arts and crafts we offer heaps of  arty activities. We often tie-dye clothes, make slime, make bracelets and braids, and we always  offer painting and drawing. The list is endless and we are constantly thinking of new ideas.

Musicians and performers will also find plenty to do at camp

We run drama and music workshops and games during the day, and at nights we have our Sing Song Show where everyone is welcome on stage to do a turn. We have singing, dancing, comedy sketches, game show skits and competitions.

We run drama and music activities, and at night we have our Sing Song show.  Camps and volunteers can get up to sing, dance, or perform a sketch. Others tell poems or riddles, or simply a joke. For many it is the highlight of our event and anyone can have a turn if they want to. 

There is a huge variety of  activities on offer and in the afternoons campers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. Sprawl on the grass and hang out with new friends; curl up somewhere quiet and relax with a book or take a cool dip in the river. There’s activities and space for everyone – extroverts and introverts alike!

On TOP of all that, we offer yoga, wild swimming, mystery tours off-site, rambles, building projects, film-making, games tournaments, dungeons and dragons afternoons, reading groups, baking sessions , and many many more weird and wonderful activities.

Ultimately no two years at camp are the same. Our programme is shaped by our volunteers who bring their own ideas, skills and enthusiasm each year.  Our campers also come up with their own wacky ideas, and if we can make it happen – we will. There really is something for everyone, with  plenty of downtime too to get to know new friends and make memories that last a lifetime!