SSC camps are an opportunity for our young members and leaders to interact in an atmosphere of trust and tolerance. Friendships are made and teamwork and camaraderie often results in lifelong friendships spanning the generations. For many young people it is a unique opportunity to camp, explore the outdoors and meet a wide range of people, both young and old.
Young people and leaders gain the experiences involved in establishing a mini-community and in the benefits of volunteering. This impacts both, in the lives of the young people and also the communities in which they live.
Safety is high on our list of priorities; activities such as swimming, canoeing and rock climbing are only carried out under the supervision of qualified staff after risk assessments have been done and all camps and activities have a very high staff/camper ratio.
The ratio we aim for is one adult to every four school members, but with those in fifth and sixth years performing the role of group and tent leaders (for which they are given training) this makes a ratio of one leader for every two children. This high level of supervision is one of the keys to our success.
It is, of course, impossible to make anything entirely safe, but you can be assured that we are very conscious of safety and make our best efforts to minimise risks.
All officers have an up to date PVG before attending any residential event. We have a Child Protection Officer at all events who are highly trained and on hand to assist in any protection issues that arise. Our Child Protection Comittee (CPC) also work on a voluntary basis year round to support volunteers and campers should they need it. The CPC also provide child safety training to our volunteers.