In early May we were delighted to take a group of 11 young people to Hopscotch residential - our first residential since the Covid-19 pandemic. Lewis, our lead youth worker gave us a report on the trip.
Hopscotch is a residential holiday in the North-west Highlands filled with outdoor activities. It's a change of scene, a chance to see somewhere new and to hang out with friends and our youth workers. Hopscotch allows us to give young people new experiences.
We took part in activities that a lot of the young people had never done before. The gondola at Ben Nevis was something that was really enjoyed by all and it's an activity we can't offer down in Edinburgh - so to be able to do this and allow young people this experience was amazing. The young people grew in confidence as the week went on and developed stronger relationships with their peers. It was great to see them being creative and playing games without using their phones. One of the unique things about Hopscotch is that there is no technology allowed, but there is so much to do that people soon forget about phones! Since returning, participants haven’t stopped talking about it and they really want to go again!
"At the start I was scared but I grew in confidence. High up in the mountain I was no longer scared of heights and in kayaking I didn’t know how to do it but enjoyed it the more I got into it."
A big thank you to Angus from Hopscotch who is moving onto a new venture in the summer. He has supported SCFA on these residentials for years and has helped create lots magic memories for young people from North Edinburgh and we will miss him.