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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you ensure that my children will be safe during their visit?

SOEC has an impeccable safety record. All SOEC staff are trained to the highest standard and all employees working with groups must be registered on the PVG scheme via Disclosure Scotland. For more details about our staff training programme see our staff section. ALL SOEC Centres are self-contained in large grounds in quiet, rural surroundings. All visitors to the Centres must make themselves known to SOEC staff and wear identity badges at all times.

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Do you provide self-catering accommodation?

Broomlee is the only Centre that can presently accommodate small self-catering groups. Groups that have professional cooks with appropriate qualifications may be able to use Centres industrial kitchens.

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What size of groups do the Centres take?

Belmont can accommodate up to 208; Broomlee up to 182 and Dounans up to 127.    We can accommodate camping groups when numbers exceed capacity.

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What qualifications do SOEC staff have?

Please visit our Staff section to find out more about our staff training programme.

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Can the Centres cater for special diets?

We do our best to accommodate all diets including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free, but we do ask that you notify us in advance of your visit. We provide nutritious, tasty food at all Centres which uphold our healthy eating policy.

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What will I need to bring with me when I visit the Centre?

It may help you to prepare for your visit by requesting our clothing and equipment list for week stays, or our clothing list for day visits.  We have put together a suggested clothing & equipment list for your information which can be downloaded Clothing and Equipment List

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How can I contact my child when they are away at camp?

We recommend that contact should be made through the school or group leader. We would also ask that children don’t bring mobile phones with them – some groups have a strict policy about this and rules are as set by the group leader/organiser. Some children do get homesick, especially if they are away from home for the first time, but this usually passes quickly as they become immersed in the activities and make new friends. Getting a phone call from home can upset a happy and settled child. All Centres have landlines if a call home is really necessary.

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Will there be other groups at the Centre when I am there?

We never place different groups in the same dormitories unless arranged by the school or group specifically. There may be other groups using the Centre at the same time as your visit but we strive to ensure that groups using the Centres at the same time are compatible.

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Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

No. All bed linen is provided and included in the price of your visit.

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How much does a visit cost?

Please contact us and we will e-mail you our current price list, or we can provide you with a quote for a tailored programme.

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Do you do discounts for charities?

We have 2 rates for groups. Corporate groups pay a higher tariff and all school and charity groups received our best prices. This is detailed on our Price List which is available on request.

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Are dogs allowed on site?

We do not allow visitors to bring dogs, excluding guide dogs, on site.

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