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Testimonials

Schools

“All the activities were amazing. The dorms were fantastic and the food was great. I used to be terrified of heights but after my stay I’m completely cured.”

Sam, Primary 7

 

“The instructors are the best people I’ve ever met. Both of them gave me added confidence on every activity. I struggled with some of the tasks but they encouraged me all the way.”

Kelsey, Primary 6

 

“I’ve done so much here that I never thought I would ever have the chance to try.”

James, 14

 

“Our small group had a great time and were all keen to stay on longer. The activities were great and the accommodation and facilities just right. We appreciated the fantastic food and it was so good to see some of our boys eat a hearty meal.”

Mary Davis, Teacher, St Serf’s School

 

“Halfway through the week already! Time passes so quickly when you’re enjoying yourselves and that’s exactly what the Primary 7 children are doing! It is such a pleasure to see all their happy smiling faces….. eager to make new friends, eager to learn and eager to meet each new challenge with enthusiasm! The range of experiences is immense! LOW ACTIVITIES (Mohawk Walk, Ropes Course, Nightline, Orienteering, Problem Solving, Archery, River Dipping, Burn Scrambling, Kayaking, Raft Building and even canoeing on Loch Ard!). HIGH ACTIVITIES (Tree Climb, Pole Climb, Crate Climb, Catwalk and Flying Fox.) and EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES (part and half day walks exploring the surrounding area including The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, which we are so lucky to literally have on our doostep, whilst doing a wide variety of tasks to find out more about themselves, their group and their surroundings.) I think you will see why, Dounan’s Camp is truly inspirational!”

Miss Wallace, Teacher, East Linton Primary School

 

“Just a quick e-mail to say thank you very much to Broomlee Centre for such great hospitality this weekend. Mark and his team were fabulous as always and our pupils had a fantastic time. The kitchen staff were very hospitable and kept us well fed with a great smile.  Mark, Kevin and the team of instructors were just great with all our pupils at putting them at ease and encouraging them all on Saturday afternoon and I know they all got a lot out of it so please pass on our thanks to all at the centre.    We are looking to book for next year!”

Deans Community High School

 

Music Groups

“I’ve been bringing groups to SOEC since 1991. The main attractions for us are the settings and outstanding facilities of the Centres. They provide an opportunity to take pupils out of their environment and focus entirely on the music and their development.”

Graeme Wilson, Music Services Manager, Fife Council Education Services

 

Youth Groups

“SOEC gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills, learn how to trust others, build confidence and self-esteem and generally allows them to have fun and be themselves.”

Mary Hamilton, Project Leader, EASY Project

 

Expeditions

Mountain Expedition with John Muir Award

I found out about the Expedition programme when one of the leaders at my drama group told me about it. I’m doing a Duke of Edinburgh later in the year so I thought it would be good preparation for that. Plus it’s a chance to try new stuff. I’ve always been scared of water but I managed to have a go at the kayaking out in the Loch and I’m really proud of myself for that. The ropes courses and other activities were hard but they were fun and got us talking to each other to work out how to do them because they are impossible to do on your own. It’s all part of preparation for the final expedition challenge – including how to make nettle soup from scratch. We’ve not had much adult supervision so I appreciate that we are being given an element of trust and that makes me feel more independent.

I hadn’t heard of the John Muir Award before doing the course but it’s the bit I’m enjoying the most. I’ve always liked nature and wildlife and doing the JMA makes you think about how you can change things. Our group had to decide on what project to do and we voted to make a quiet area for Dounans Centre, build somewhere chilled that people and wildlife can use.

We are making seats, bird boxes and a pond, and most of it is from recycled materials that were just lying around. I’m into art so I’m doing a mural and information posters. Everyone gets to do something they’re good at. I love the idea that we are building something that will be put to good use and will be here for years. It sounds cheesy but I feel like we’re making a difference.

Stephanie, 17 years old