Two new events – including a wide range of activities and pastimes – are being offered to Gaelic-speaking youngsters this summer.
The events are being run by Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG) with funding support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
The first event will be the ‘Sradagan’ Camp, for 25 youngsters between 9 and 12 years of age, this will be followed by the ‘Youth Camp’ with spaces for up to 45 young people aged between 12 and 17. Both will be run almost exclusively through the medium of Gaelic, and are aimed at children and teenagers who are fluent in the language.
The Sradagan camp will take place at the Scaladale Centre in Harris between the 11th and 15th of July. A fun-packed programme of events and activities is being organised ranging from climbing and water sports to community visits, drama sessions and quiz competitions,
Demand for this camp is expected to be very high. Information is being distributed among the active Sradagan clubs across Scotland, and applications are already coming in.
The Youth Camp is being run in a new partnership between CnaG and the ‘SSC’. This will be held between the 1st and 5th of August close to Calvine in the north of Perthshire. This will be a more ‘traditional’ camp – being held under canvas – but as might be expected, a fun and entertaining programme is being developed. This will include choices from a wide range of sports and games, to music and ‘high jinks’ in the evenings, as well as time to simply ‘chill out’ with friends.
CnaG have experience of delivering events like this, and according to CnaG chief executive Donald MacNeill are delighted to be doing so again: “We are very pleased our bid for Bòrd na Gàidhlig support was successful. We agree that it’s important Gaelic youngsters should have the same range of opportunities available in English, but with these camps we have a much more basic and important objective – that the children enjoy themselves; that they go home thoroughly happy with the time they spend with us; and that they’d be happy to come back again if the opportunity arises.
“People might be familiar with the ‘Sradagan’ camp, something we’d run regularly in the past, but perhaps they won’t be so familiar with the Youth Camp – at least in its new guise. The SSC – with whom we’re organising this event – have been running their own youth camps for almost exactly 100 years, and hundreds attend every summer. Although it’s a little while since then, I attended their camp for three years myself, so I know at first hand how much fun it is.”
Although Bòrd na Gàidhlig is supporting these events, there will still be a charge for each. The ‘Sradagan’ camp will cost £150 per place, the Teen Camp £175.
Donald MacNeill added: “We’re preparing more information and material on these camps right now, and we’ll make that available on our website as soon as possible. In the meantime however, we’re well aware of how important it is – especially for parents – to know about events like this as soon as possible so that they can plan ahead for the summer holidays. Application forms for the ‘Sradagan’ camp are available, and will be soon for the Youth camp – but until then we’re happy to record interest at our office in Inverness.”
For more information on this press release please contact: Donald MacNeill, Chief Executive, 01463 234138.