WHAT ARE CAMPS?
Hundreds of young people enjoy Free Church Youth Camps every year. The safety and well-being of our campers is of the utmost importance and we ensure a high level of supervision at all times. As well as providing an excellent holiday, Free Church Youth Camps (FCYC) encourages the Christian faith.
Each camp is a unique and tailor-made holiday. Camp schedules include excursions, swimming, wide games, crafts and more specialised activities like kayaking, horse riding, gorge walking and go-karting.
Campers will attend daily praise and informal Bible talks, and the dorm discussions afterwards are often a highlight of the week for campers. It is normal practice for everyone to attend a church service on Sunday.
CAN ANYONE GO TO CAMP?
Children from anywhere and of any faith, from P5 to S6, are welcome at Free Church Youth Camps. To attend a P5-P7 camp, for example, you must have completed P5 before camp starts. Similarly, to attend an S1-S3 camp you must have completed S1 before camp starts.
HOW DO I GET A PLACE AT CAMP?
Online booking forms can be found here: www.freechurchyouthcamps.org or return the booking form on the back of this camp brochure and specify travel requirements. (See WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL?)
HOW ARE CAMP PLACES ALLOCATED?
Allocation of places at Free Church Youth Camps will commence at 5pm on Monday 13th January 2014, according to a blind draw from all the booking forms received. No camp places will be allocated before then. Thereafter, the remaining camp places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
If your preferred camp is full, then your name will go on a waiting list for that camp and we will contact you to discuss your options.
Please wait to be informed by email or letter regarding your application. This is a busy time and it may take two to three weeks.
An invoice for the camp fees and travel costs will be issued upon allocation.
HOW DO I PAY?
Payments can be made by cheque, bank transfer or credit/debit card via the FCYC website. Full details will be given on your invoice. Remember to always quote your camp reference number.
WHEN DO I PAY?
To secure your place, 20% of the camp fee must be paid by Friday 28th February, and the outstanding balance paid in full, along with travel fees, by Friday 30th May. We reserve the right to cancel a place if full payment is not made by this date. Any cancellations after Friday 2nd May will be subject to a charge of 20% of the camp fee.
WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL?
Travel to and from camp can be arranged at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness, Aberdeen and Stornoway.
Most of the travel will be by private coach or minibus, but public transport may be necessary for some camps. All campers travelling will be accompanied by adults throughout their journey. Parents are, however, welcome to drop off/collect their child at the camp centre.
Travel requirements should be specified on your booking form. Please bear in mind that late submission of travel requirements and changes to travel arrangements can be very costly and problematic.
DO FAMILIES GET A DISCOUNT?
Family discounts are available where two or more children from the same family have booked a place at camp(s): £30 discount for the 2nd child; £40 for the 3rd; and £50 for the 4th, etc. Parents must indicate on the booking form if they wish to use this discount.
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD THE CAMP FEE?
There is a Camps Support Fund in place to assist families who might struggle financially to send their child to camp. If you would like assistance, please speak to your local Free Church minister or elder in the first instance. They will then need to write to FCYC with a recommendation on your behalf.
We can’t guarantee to assist in every application, but we do promise, subject to our resources, to help all children who wish to attend FCYC as best we can. Get in touch for more details.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE CAMP FEE?
Travel costs at camp
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE CAMP FEE?
Travel costs to and from camp
*Some camps offer an optional activity, which may cost approximately £10 - £15. You will be informed of this activity a few weeks in advance of camp.
DO I NEED SPENDING MONEY?
It is not essential to have spending money. However, most of the camps have a book shop, tuck shop and a day out, where campers may wish to buy items. Spending money will be deposited in the camp bank from which withdrawals can be made daily.
WHO STAFFS THE CAMPS?
Our camps are run by dedicated team leaders, each of whom is specially selected for their leadership qualities and experience. Team leaders generally recruit their own team members and cooks according to their differing skills, talents and qualifications. Our team members are all Christians and members of Disclosure Scotland’s Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.
We make every effort to maintain a high leader to camper ratio. Specialist activities such as abseiling, canoeing, windsurfing, etc., are undertaken with the supervision of qualified and experienced instructors.
ARE THERE ANY CAMP RULES?
We aim to keep camp rules to a minimum, but some are necessary for the smooth running of FCYC. In the event of a serious or repeated breach of camp rules, we reserve the right to send a camper home. The camp rules will be sent to every camper prior to camp.
WHAT ABOUT HEALTH ISSUES?
A medical questionnaire will be sent to you well in advance of camp. It is your responsibility to declare any health issue which may affect your child and the other campers or leaders whilst at camp.
You should declare:
Allergies and intolerances
Details of medication*
*Medication will be kept and administered by the Camp Medical Officer, although items such as inhalers may be retained by the camper.
WHAT ABOUT INJURY AND ILLNESS AT CAMP?
First Aid will be carried out immediately and followed by professional medical advice as necessary. In the event of any serious illness or injury, the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately. In some circumstances it may be necessary for the parent or guardian to take the camper home.
IS INSURANCE PROVIDED?
The Free Church of Scotland maintains Public Liability Cover to include the work of the Youth Camps. All the centres we use provide their own Public Liability Insurance. If you require additional personal insurance cover, then you should arrange this yourself.
WHAT ABOUT MORE INFORMATION?
We are always happy to answer your camp-related questions, so feel free to get in touch either by phone, e-mail or post. Here are the details:
Phone: 0131 226 5286
Post: Free Church of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 2LS