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    SOC/BTO Scotland Scottish Bird Camp

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Date:

03 June 2022 - 05 June 2022

Price:

Fully-funded course

Venue:

East Lothian

Booking Info:

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The Club is delighted to be working in partnership again with our friends at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) to launch an exciting new opportunity for young nature enthusiasts, to engage and support the next generation of ornithologists. Both SOC and BTO are committed to engaging more diverse and younger audiences, providing many more opportunities for people to connect with birds and with each other.

The first initiative of its kind in Scotland, the SOC/BTO Scotland Bird Camp (an extension of the Youth Events Programme) will provide a wonderful chance for young people to develop their natural history skills, whilst at the same time meeting like-minded others. 

There will be ample opportunity for participants to make new friends, develop birding skills, and be inspired by experienced and enthusiastic trainers as well as some of the best birdwatching experiences (and birds!) Scotland has to offer

Dates

Dates

Friday 3rd June - Sunday 5th June 2022
Where?

Where?

Camp will be based near Haddington, East Lothian (precise location information will be shared with successful applicants). However we'll be visiting various locations around the county over the course of the weekend
Who can Camp?

Who can Camp?

The Scottish Bird Camp is open to young people (priority will be given to residents in Scotland/SOC members) who are:

- Aged between 10 - 16 years old 

- Passionate about nature, although you don't need to be an expert; enthusiasm and a thirst for learning count for a lot! 

Did you know that BTO are running Camps in every country this year? So wherever you are in the UK, there's a camp for you! Find out more on their website, here.

Programme

Programme

A more detailed itinerary will be shared with successful applicants closer to the time, and is weather dependent, but will likely include:

Friday: Early evening arrival at Camp, getting to know one another, health & safety, dinner & after-dinner activity

Saturday: Visit to local nature reserve(s), learning to identify bird songs and calls, seabird boat trip, nest-finding/bird-ringing talk, evening activity (local short walk/indoor activity).

Sunday: Ringing demo, nature reserve visit(s), mindfulness, learning to identify birds by song, nest-finding, photo presentation and departure.

There will also be opportunities for quiet and social time, and at times, a choice of (supervised) activities to pick from.

Cost

Cost

With the support our Funders, Cameron Bespolka Trust and British Birds Charitable Trust (see below), we've made Camp a fully-funded opportunity to ensure it's accessible to all. However, if you are financially able, we would very much welcome a donation to support our work to allow us to organise similar opportunities for young people in future.  
How to apply?

How to apply?

Download the application form below and make sure to submit it (see form for details) before the application deadline of 11.59pm on Sunday 24th April. Feel free to be creative; draw, paint, or record a video if you like and send it in support of your application, alongside your form. 

Need help with your application?

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Accommodation

Accommodation

We'll be staying in a well-equipped, residential venue in rural East Lothian with accommodation provided in appropriately segregated, shared (indoor) dormitories, with suitable safeguarding measures in place. Fully disclosed leaders, trained in safeguarding measures, will always be on site overnight and available to children. 
Travelling to Camp

Travelling to Camp

Our home for the weekend is in beautiful, rural East Lothian, approximately 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh (the nearest city). SOC and BTO Scotland are delighted to announce that British Birds Charitable Trust have kindly agreed funding which will allow us to cover, or at least significantly reduce, the cost of travelling to East Lothian/to a pick-up point for participants attending Camp. Of course, you can also be dropped off directly at Camp, if you prefer.
Equipment

Equipment

A full packing list will be shared with successful applicants nearer June, however there isn't any specialist equipment required to take part in Camp, except for binoculars. Don't have any? Don't worry- we can lend you some for the weekend but you may wish to apply to BTO's excellent Equipment Donation Scheme so you have your own pair to use beyond Camp.
Equality | Diversity | Inclusivity

Equality | Diversity | Inclusivity

There's space on the Application Form to tell us if there's something you would like us to know regarding your identity, which may enable us to make you feel more welcome/comfortable/at ease over the weekend, should you be offered a place at Camp.

We're committed to making Camp a safe space for all participants, and so we ask everyone to abide by our Code of Conduct which will be shared with participants in advance.
Accessibility

Accessibility

We are committed to making our activities as accessible as possible. We want to make sure that if successful in your application, we do our best to help you get, and make, the most out of the experience. If you have any accessibility requirements or concerns you would like to discuss, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Safeguarding participants is of paramount importance to us and we are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for all. A Designated Safeguarding Lead will be present for the duration of Camp, and all supervising staff and volunteers have undertaken Enhanced Disclosure checks. For a copy of BTO's Safeguarding Policy, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and for SOC's, it's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will also carry out a full risk assessment before the start of Camp, including a COVID-19 risk assessment taking into consideration the most up to date advice from the Scottish Government. Successful applicants will be briefed on the steps that they should take to help keep everyone safe and well.
Contributing organisations

Contributing organisations

This opportunity is a joint collaboration between the SOC and BTO Scotland and will be led by representatives from each organisation, as well as SOC Youth Connect volunteers and BTO Youth Representatives, alongside a professional Youth Leader.
Funders

Funders

The 2022 Scottish Bird Camp is being made possible by the generous support of:

Cameron Bespolka Trust

Cameron Bespolka Trust is a charity that has been set up in Cameron's memory to inspire young people to love and appreciate animals, in particular birds, nature, andour environment. By experiencing the outdoors first hand, children can connect with nature and make a difference to our planet.

British Birds Charitable Trust

British Birds is a journal for everyone interested in the birds of the Western Palearctic. Published monthly since 1907, the journal contains a range of material on behaviour, conservation, distribution, ecology, identification, movements, status and taxonomy, aswell as the latest news items and book reviews. The publication is regarded as the British birdwatcher’s journal of record, with regular reports on rare and scarce migrants, and rare breeding birds. All the main contributions are peer-reviewed, and the journal aimsto interpret scientific research in an easily accessible way.

 

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Our thanks to: Lauren Evans, Ally Lemon, Stuart Rivers, Sam Hood and Rob Read (BTO) for allowing us to use their image(s) above. 

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