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The Subcamps

Bev Mcnab

Pink Subcamp Leader

My first Adventure Camp was a freezing cold 2002 weekend in Braemar where I was on the activities team helping with Grass Sledging and supporting Sub Camps outwith activity time.

That weekend I learnt the importance of layering up and ensuring I was well prepared with lots of warm clothes, a warm sleeping bag and lots of spare blankets! Despite the cold it didn’t put me off and I’ve been lucky enough to help out almost every year since at some beautiful sites including Glen Tanar Estate, Strathallan Castle and Dalmeny House.

Adventure Camps are great fun and a good opportunity to develop your teamwork and independence skills under the watchful eye of your subcamp teams.

Come prepared, give everything a go, make lots of new friends and have a blast!

Susan Nichols

Green Subcamp Leader

I’m Susan the new Green Sub Camp Leader. This is my third adventure camp, my first being on Arran. Each time I have been a leader on Green Sub Camp.

Adventure camp is great fun. You will get the opportunity to experience loads of new activities, challenges and make new friends.

Top tips- practice pitching your tents (you might have to do this in the dark), plan your menus so you know that everyone will get something to eat, prepare for all weathers (last year we needed woolly hats and sun cream) and go to sleep when we tell you! You will enjoy the activities even more if you have some rest.

Rhona Campbell

Purple Subcamp Leader

My name is Rhona and along with Ross and Alan, I look forward to welcoming you into the Purple Subcamp.

I have been to many Adventure camps before and have been part of the subcamp team since 2016.

One of the most memorable ones was my first in Tomintoul 1997, when the weather went from sunshine to a blizzard. We had to dry sleeping bags on top of the mashers in a nearby distillery. Then in 2006 when we went to Braemar we had send out for sun cream as it was so hot and sunny.

In Scotland its really difficult to plan for the weather but with all camps, it’s all about being prepared. Make sure you have plenty of warm clothes, boots, spare socks, hat, gloves, a jacket and waterproofs with you. Plan your meals carefully and bring things that you like to eat.

I look forward to meeting you at Scone Palace.

Andrew Sharkey

Blue Subcamp Leader

I am currently an Explorer Scout Leader and Group Scout Leader at Lanark Scouts. In addition I am Cheif Comissioner of Scotland at Scouts Scotland.

I have attended the Adventure Camps since 1995 on Arran. I have filled a number of roles at the camp from instructing rock climbing, leading walks and leading a group on the massive challenge hike activity at Tomintoul in 1997.

I have been a subcamp leader since 2008 and my favourite site has been either Mull or Dalmeny House.

Jimmy Gilchrist

Yellow Subcamp Leader

I’m a GSL at the Lanark Scout Group.

I am delighted to have to opportunity to have Yellow Sub Camp as my home for this years camp.

I have been on Blue Sub Camp for the last 4 years assisting Sharkey and thoroughly enjoyed it.

My favourite was my first up at Glen Tanar Estate, Aboyne the weather was so kind to us after we had to change our arrival as the snow gates were closed!

It was great to see so many scouts from all over Scotland mixing and getting on so well. I am really looking forward to meeting all the sub camp teams again this year

Kerry Dair

Orange Subcamp Leader

I’m Kerry and the new subcamp leader for Orange Subcamp. I have been part of the camp for many years now, with my first as a scout on Arran in 2000.

As a scout, I loved camping with my friends, fending for myself and it’s a great chance to make new friends from across Scotland

I don’t have a favourite site but some of my favourite memories are playing a wide game on the Braemar Royal Showground as a scout, laughing with subcamp leaders while we dish out soup to the scouts on Arran and hovercrafting on the Auchterarder site in 2007.

Over the years, I have learnt many top tips but probably the most important is to practice what you plan to cook and don’t put too much water in your supernoodles!

Every camp is different because of the location and the weather but as long as your prepared and enthusiastic you will have a ball! See you all soon!

George Walker

White Subcamp Leader

I’m George and the new subcamp leader for White Subcamp.

After visiting Lowland at Dalmeny House in 2012, I was immediately "hooked" on the Adventure camp idea, and have attended every camp since 2013. Duart Castle at Mull (2014) was my favourite location despite the poor weather.

I am Group Scout Leader at the 5th Dundee (Downfield) and am delighted to have the chance to be a part of White Subcamp once again, having previously assisted in Purple, Red and Green . Hopefully that experience along with that of a SCL at Blair Atholl Jamborette will help!

"Be prepared" for all weathers, keep your tent and surrounding area clean and tidy, and most of all enjoy yourselves and make new friends!

Linda Paterson

Red Subcamp Leader

I’ve been on staff at Adventure Camps for more years than I care to mention, first on the incident hike and then taking on a subcamp more than 25 years ago (I was a VERY young leader! 🥴) I’ve only missed 2 camps in all of these years. I don’t have a favourite location, most have been great but there’s a certain very exposed island site that’s prone to bad weather I’m not fond of!

I’m currently a member of the Scottish Scout Active Support Unit and I also lead a Subcamp at Blair Atholl.

As well as being in charge of Red subcamp, I coordinate all of the Adventure Camp subcamps, a job made easier by the brilliant subcamp teams.

Top tips for a great camp.
1.Practice putting up your tent
2.Practice cooking your menu
3.Pack full waterproofs
4.Pack sunscreen and a hat
5.Get a good night’s sleep
6.Bring a watch (it’s not time to get up when the sun comes up, it’s 4am!)
7.Be ready for anything and prepared to try new things.

The camp is a great opportunity, enjoy it, make new friends and make the most of it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions and answers about the adventure camp are below, we hope these are of some use

1) Do leaders need to attend the camp?
No there is no requirement for leaders to attend however, they are responsible for transporting scouts to and from the site (or ferry terminal for island camps). Leaders who do wish to attend can only do so by completing the staff application form.
2) If leaders don't need to attend who will look after the scouts
All scouts attending will be split into 6 subcamps. Each subcamp has a subcamp leader with a team that are responsible for looking after the scouts. When on activities we have activity leaders in place who will look after the scouts.
3) What are the catering arrangements?
Scouts are expected to supply food and cook for themselves, this is why the age limit for the camp is 11+, however soup is provided after activities as well as supper on Saturday & Sunday evenings.
4) Will cooking equipment be supplied?
Cooking equipment must be brought as part of the group kit list which is distributed a few weeks before the camp.
5) Will Scouts attending get a choice of activities?
Unfortunately not. However, we will aim to give all scouts a balanced and varied programme, there will be drop in sessions each evening which will give scouts the opportunity to try some activities they have not been allocated to.
6) One of my scouts is under 11 will they be able to attend?
This is a decision you as the leader really needs to make! The camp is advertised as 11+ because the scouts should be self sufficient but if you feel the scout under 11 will cope then we will accept them.
7) Is there a kit list?
Yes, this is issued a few weeks before the camp and will be available on the Downloads page after the closing date.
8) I have forgotten to apply and it is passed the closing date, can I still send scouts?
Unfortunately after the closing date no more applications will be accepted.
9) I have Young Leaders who want to attend as staff can they come
Young leaders can not attend, all staff need to be 18 at the time of the event.
10) One of my scouts needs to leave early or arrive late is this a problem?
No not at all. As long as transport is arranged to and from site they can join in when they arrive or finish an activity early. Please ensure you let us know so we can ensure the scout is allocated to an onsite activity.
11) Do i need to book the ferry / pay ferry ticket for Island Camps?
No the camp starts at the ferry terminal