Galloway Glens ‘Go Wild’ Outdoor Summer Camps Are Now Open For Public Bookings!

The ‘Go Wild’ experiences are five-day outdoor summer camps, giving P7 children the chance to learn about the great Galloway outdoors, with activities vary from den building to wildlife identification. The Go Wild adventures teach young people that the great outdoors is accessible to them, often free and lots of fun. Pitched at P7 pupils, it’s a superb way to meet and make friends with people that will be starting at your secondary school in August.

Go Wild participants will receive the John Muir Trust ‘Discovery’ award. Camps are led by qualified teachers with outdoor learning experience, building confidence through shared experiences and activities.


The Three Go Wild adventures this summer are:

· Dalry Camp: 17-21st July, held in the Glenkens

· Castle Douglas Camp: 24-28th July, held at Threave Nature Reserve

· Kirkcudbright Camp: 7-11th August, held in Barrhill Woods


Able to host ten young people, the camps are completely free to attend, with transport provided to young people based in the Galloway Glens area. The camps are open to all, with particular focus on providing for young people that will be attending Kirkcudbright Academy, Castle Douglas High School or Dalry High School. This includes primary schools outside the area, e.g. Borgue, Springholm, Hardgate, Lochrutton, Auchencairn, Twynholm etc.


The camps have been promoted through local schools and a number of places are already allocated. The remaining places are now being publicly advertised to give the widest possible reach and benefit.


If you would like your P7 to take part in a Go Wild Adventure, please contact [email protected].


The Scheme is being overseen by Jan Hogarth, Galloway Glens Education & Community Engagement Officer. Jan said:

“’Go Wild’ Summer Day camps are a fantastic opportunity for young people to make new friends, learn very useful outdoor skills, explore wildlife and conservation have lots and lots of fun ahead of starting secondary school. Its free and delivered by outdoor teachers/professionals. Most of all, young people will make new memories from an experience which will foster a love of nature and the great outdoors for the rest of their lives.”

The Galloway Glens Scheme is a 5-year project based in the Stewartry region of Dumfries and Galloway. An initiative of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Environment Team, it is funded by a range of partners including the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Galloway Glens Scheme aims to connect people to their heritage and to support modern rural communities. www.gallowayglens.org.

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