Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG) workers have had an extremely busy few weeks organising two camps for young Gaels between the ages of 8 and 12. The first camp was held in Scaladale, Harris, where 23 youngsters attended and the second camp was held at Dun Floddigary, Skye, where 26 youngsters attended. The youngsters came from across Scotland, including the Western Isles, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Islay. At both camps, the youngsters enjoyed an exciting, stimulating, fun-packed week-long program of activities as diverse as cutting peat, coasteering, visiting museums and other places of interest, various arts and crafts and many other sports and activities. What makes these camps really worthwhile and enjoyable is that the youngsters are together, having fun, enjoying a wide range of activities and making new friends, some of whom will be friends for the rest of their lives. They are also doing all this in Gaelic, hugely improving their fluency in the language and increasing their confidence in using it. The camps are run by CnaG workers.
Donald MacNeill, Chief Executive of CnaG said, "We have been running these camps now for many years, and although our workers may change from year to year, and the young people themselves move on, one thing remain a constant – our strong focus on having a week-long fun-packed program of activities in place.
It is always pleasing to see the strong demand for the camps from both the parents and the youngsters themselves. Many of the youngsters return to the camps for 2-3 years and this proves to us that they get great pleasure and enjoyment from the camps. It is important to have such events to enable the young people to use their Gaelic out with the classroom in an informal, social environment amongst friends. We are grateful to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for their support, enabling us to run the camps."
Comunn na Gàidhlig works closely with young people in many communities across Scotland with Youth/Comunity Officers based in the Western Isles, Skye, Inverness, Lochaber, Mull, Islay, Glasgow and Edinburgh. As well as helping to organise and deliver on national projects such as the Sradagan camps, skiing trips, Cuach na Cloinne and John Muir Awards programme the officers work closely with schools organising and delivering a wide-ranging program of events and activities, providing opportunities for the young people to use their Gaelic outwith the classroom, improving their fluency and increasing their confidence. CnaG currently works under contracts with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Argyll and Bute Council, Glasgow City Council and Edinburgh City Council.