Frequently Asked Questions

It is important that you are aware of the information below before registering for a place at camp.

 

When you are ready, you can complete the Online Registration Form.

 

What is FCYC?

Free Church Youth Camps are uniquely designed, week-long residential holidays for young people. The Free Church of Scotland has been running summer camps for boys and girls since 1960, and over this time thousands of young lives have been positively impacted by the Word of God.

In 2018, we are offering around 350 places at 12 different camps all around the country. If you have never been to a Free Church Youth Camp before, then you are in for the best week of the school holidays! If you have been before, then welcome back! Why not bring your friends with you, too?

All camps are led by a great team of leaders, who want to have fun and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with young people. They go to great lengths to include everyone and make sure no one is left out! Campers enjoy a week full of excursions, team challenges and personal challenges – with a strong Bible focus threaded throughout. They attend daily praise and informal Bible talks but, for many, the highlight of the week is ‘Dorm Discussion’ time, where campers are encouraged to explore and question the Christian faith for themselves. It is usual to attend a church service on the Sunday of camp. All Free Church Youth Camps invite you to make new friends, do new and exciting things, and learn about Jesus and His love for you.

Who's in charge?

Camps are staffed by volunteers - selected for their skills, gifts and talents - who serve the Lord tirelessly to offer the best Christian camps they can.

They work alongside our wonderful cooks, who rustle up hearty, wholesome meals several times a day – another camp highlight! Leaders and cooks are all professing Christians, who undergo rigorous vetting through their applications, references and recommendations, and must have up-to-date membership of the P.V.G. (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme.

Free Church of Scotland policy ensures they also complete in-house training annually.

Who can come to camp?

Anyone between the ages of 10 and 23 can come to camp.

For example, if you want to go to a P5 − P7 camp, then you must have at least completed P5 before camp starts. P4 children and younger are not eligible for camp.

For B.A.S.E. Camp, you must have left school a year ago to apply. Those finishing S6 in the summer of 2018 should register for a senior camp.

How do I book a place at camp?

Once you’ve looked at the camp options, complete the Online Registration Form.

Allocation of camp places will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, 15th January, and all the registration forms received by then will go into the draw for camp places.

If the camp you have registered for is oversubscribed, then registration forms will be selected at random. The first ones selected will be allocated a place at the camp. The remainder will be offered alternative camps, or a place on the waiting list for their first-choice camp.

Once you have registered for your preferred camp, please be patient and wait for FCYC Admin to contact you. January is a very busy time and it may take a week or two to inform you of the outcome.

What about travel?

We aim to offer chaperoned travel from Stornoway, Inverness, Perth and Glasgow. Check out this page for updated 2018 travel costs.

If numbers are low, then this might not be economically possible, and parents will need to make their own travel arrangements. Parents are welcome to drop their children off at camp and pick them up again afterwards.

You should indicate your travel requirement when registering for camp.

Travel costs are in addition to camp fees and may be invoiced separately.

What's included in the camp fee?

All accommodation, meals, activities and at-camp travel are covered by the camp fee.

Occasionally, there are optional, extra activities offered at an additional cost. Plenty of notice will be given of this, and you will be invoiced accordingly.

What about spending money?

At most camps there will be a book stall, tuck shop, days out, etc., so you may wish to give your child some pocket money. Campers are encouraged to deposit this money in the camp bank.

How do I pay?

Once your camp place has been allocated, you will be sent an invoice with all the necessary details of how and when to pay.

Camp fees should be paid in full eight weeks prior to the start of camp or you risk losing your place.

Why are camps at this price?

As a work of the Free Church Missions Board, our youth camps are heavily subsidised by its contributions, as well as by generous donations from congregations and individuals.

FCYC does not make a profit and endeavours to maintain as low a price as possible without compromising on the quality of the holiday.

What about Family Discount?

For families sending more than one child to camp, we offer £30 discount per subsequent child’s camp fees.

What about the Camps Support Fund?

If you are in receipt of benefits, or feel you might struggle to send your child(ren) to camp, then please speak to your local Free Church minister or elder about your situation. He will get in touch with F.C.Y.C. on your behalf to request some financial assistance.

We cannot promise that we will always be able to help, but we will endeavour to facilitate as many young people getting to a Free Church Youth Camp as is within our means. We want to help.

What about cancellations and refunds?

Any cancellation of camp places after 31st March will be subject to a 20% charge of the camp fee.

No refunds will be issued for camp places cancelled within four weeks of camp starting, except in emergency situations, or where a doctor’s letter is submitted.

No refunds will be issued for travel changes made after 30th April, as costs will already have been incurred by the Church.

What about insurance?

The Free Church of Scotland maintains Public Liability Cover to include the work of the youth camps.

All the venues we use have their own Public Liability Insurance.

If you require personal insurance cover, then you should arrange this yourself.

What about camp rules?

We want to keep camp rules to a minimum, but some rules are necessary for the smooth and safe running of a camp.

A list of the rules will be sent to every camper and leader prior to camp.

In the event of a serious, or continued, breach of camp rules, we reserve the right to ask parents to collect their child from camp straight away.

What about health issues?

Parents are required to complete a medical questionnaire for each child at camp.

All medical and behavioural issues affecting your child, and potentially other children, should be declared. F.C.Y.C. staff will maintain confidentiality regarding health issues.

Campers can retain their own inhalers, but other medication will be held by the Camp Medical Officer and issued according to prescription/instructions.

What if there is illness or injury at camp?

Each camp usually has a doctor or nurse on the team and he/she will carry out First Aid in the event of illness or injury, followed by professional medical assistance, as necessary. In the event of a serious illness or injury, the parent/guardian will be contacted immediately, and in some circumstances, it may be necessary for them to take the affected camper home.

What if I have more questions?

If you have any further questions, drop us a line or call us and we’ll do our best to help.
E-mail:  camps@freechurch.org
Website:  http://www.freechurchyouthcamps.org/contact-fcyc 
Phone:  0131 226 5286
Post:  FCYC, Free Church of Scotland Offices, The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LS