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Published 25 June 2018

West Dunbartonshire Council is offering a programme of free activities to give children the opportunity to keep fit and have fun over the summer holidays.

A full line-up of events will run over July and August for children up to S2/3 including multi-sports camps, play schemes, health and arts clubs and cooking classes. Some of the clubs are specifically targeted to support ongoing Attainment Challenge Projects. 

The activities, which will be held in primary schools across the area, are focused on family learning and health and wellbeing as well as opportunities to increase literacy and numeracy skills.

Young people are being offered the opportunity to enhance their foreign language learning with a Survival Language Adventure Camp running at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre for the new intake of P6/P7 pupils on 11 July and for the new intake of S2/3 pupils on 12th July. This will see 20 pupils take part in an outdoor skills course taught in either French or Spanish and will work with language mentors who are native speakers.

The group will learn essential survival skills such as shelter building, fire-making and emergency first-aid as well as developing their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, problem-solving and numeracy. Learners will then create a ‘Bear Grylls’ style instructional video in their chosen foreign language.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services said: “We piloted the camps last year and they proved to be really popular with young people, parents and carers.   The summer holidays can be a challenging time for parents, particularly when money is tight, and these sessions are an opportunity for young people to learn and spend time with their friends.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Educational Services, added: “We are determined to close the poverty-related attainment gap in West Dunbartonshire and are seeing really positive results from our efforts. These camps are another way of supporting our young people and widening opportunities to ensure all of our pupils are fully supported to achieve their potential.”

Some of the free courses being delivered by the Council’s Educational Services team are funded from the Pupil Equity Fund and the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

For a full list of summer activities and to see if you qualify, please visit your school website.  For further information, please call Educational Services on 01389 737309.