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The Subcamps

Bev Mcnab

Green 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!

Dougie Woodrow

Purple Subcamp Leader

My name is Dougie and I have the pleasure of looking after Purple subcamp with my team of Rhona and Chris.

We have all been to adventure camps before and my first adventure camp was on the island of Bute which I attended as a participant in... sufficed to say it was a while ago.

I have been to adventure camps all over Scotland but my favourite location was Meggernie in Glen Lyon where I ran the pioneering activity and wide game. We built a working drawbridge and introduced the world to 'love your log' and '999 log rescue'.

I have seen all types of weather at adventure camps so come prepared for the worst and we will make sure you have a great time whatever nature throws at us. Plenty of food is the key... and spare socks... and waterproofs, and a good tent... you get the picture.

Andrew Sharkey

Blue Subcamp Leader

I am currently an Explorer Scout Leader and Group Scout Leader at Lanark Scouts. In addition I am Camp Chief at the Blair Atholl International Patrol Jamborette.

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.


Red Subcamp Leader

My first adventure camp was in 2000 at Arran, where I ran one of the bases on the incident hike.

I had a break for a few years but came back to Adventure camps in 2007. I had a few years of running different bases, Backwoods cooking, Crepe making and Ready Steady Cook before joining the Red subcamp team.

At Dalmeny, 2012 and Kincraig 2013 I was on Sharkey’s team, then was asked to run the Red subcamp when Sharkey couldn’t make Mull in 2014 and I’ve been there ever since. My favourite thing about being on subcamp is meeting lots of new people and seeing the Scouts having fun, making new friends and overcoming the challenges that pop up over the camp.

I can’t say that I have a favourite Adventure camp because they’re all unique. I love the view from the site at Duart Castle on Mull, I loved the sunshine we had in Arran in 2011 (booked again) and the mud that we had in Selkirk, 2015 (not booked this time). The Adventure camp weekend is the first one that goes in my diary every year and I’ve already started packing, I can’t wait!

Steven Riddell

Yellow Subcamp Leader

I’m an assistant scout leader at the 9th Dunipace scout troop in Falkirk district.

My first adventure camp was in 2007 at Strathallan castle, yip the T in the park place. We were there first! I missed the next year on Mull and have been present since.

I ran lots of different activities my first few years at adventure camp. From scuba diving at Dalmeny house in 2009 to indoor ice climbing at Spean Bridge in 2010 and power blocking the last time we were at Arran in 2011 and back at Dalmeny 2012.

From 2013 at Kincraig I have been involved with the sub camps 2013 and 2014 with the purple sub camp and in 2015 got a promotion to be the sub camp leader of the mighty Yellow sub-camp. This is my first Island Adventure as the Yellow sub-camp leader and I’m really excited about the camp.

My favourite location for the adventure camp is always the next one I like the excitement of the ferry for islands camp I like anticipation of the road trip of a highland camp and like the accessibility of a lowland camp. All the adventure camps have their own personalities and challenges but all offer brilliant opportunities to meet new people and have great fun.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you all for what will become one of the highlights of your camping 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 Scout Leader at the 5th Dundee (Downfield) and am delighted to be given the role of White Subcamp Leader, having previously assisted in Purple, Red and Green Subcamps. 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!

If you have any questions you may find answers on our FAQ's below. Alternatively please email info@highlandadventure.org.uk

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