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Welcome to the Parents zone

The purpose of this area is to answer your questions and give you some information about Abernethy if you have a child or children coming to stay with us.

About Abernethy

We have 4 adventure centres and a bunkhouse in Scotland and a winter ski training base in Switzerland welcoming over 10,000 individuals per year.  Nearly half of our guests are school children and the other half is made up of a diverse group of people – families, uniformed groups, youth groups, unaccompanied kids on adventure holidays, social services groups and more.

Abernethy is a Christian organisation which means that most of the staff teams are Christians with a passion for working with young people.  Many school groups join in with our Explore session and unaccompanied kids camps will feature some Christian input.  Please don’t hesitate to call us to discuss this is you have any doubts.

Our teams

We have approximately 100 members of staff who help run the centres and include maintenance teams, receptionists, cooks, housekeepers, outdoor instructors, a marketing team, accounts team and senior team leaders and operations directors.

Our facilities

Our 4 centres are based around former country estates, each with its own grounds and with the majority of staff living in accommodation on site.  We have games rooms, sports halls, drying facilities, single sex dorm style bedrooms with some en-suite accommodation and our Nethybridge centre also has a swimming pool and dry ski slope.

Food

Our homecooking is all prepared on site and guests will enjoy breakfast, lunch (often a packed lunch), 2 or 3 course dinner and supper.  Special diets can be catered for with advanced notice (at least 2 weeks) and we would encourage you to contact the centre directly to discuss any particular dietary requirements your child may have.  If you have any concerns at all about our food then please get in touch.

Equipment

Special equipment is provided as required and helmets are worn for many of our activities.  Kit lists for your childs visit to Abernethy will be provided when booking but will generally include old warm clothes, a pair of trainers or shoes that can get wet, swim kit, towel and toiletries.

Valuables

We would ask that valuable items be left at home – these may include expensive cameras, phones, i-pods etc .  We will not be liable for damage or loss and such items can be costly to replace and could spoil a childs holiday.

Holidays

Abernethy offers a wide range of holidays for groups, schools and individuals.  If you would like to find out more then sign up for an e-newsletter or request more information.

If you have any questions about any of the above or about something which is not mentioned, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by e-mail or by calling 01479 818005

Your questions answered

 
Q. Some of the Outdoor Activities my child will be doing are risky, aren’t they?
A. There will always be an element of risk in the activities we offer. This residual risk is inherent in the activity, and cannot be eliminated without destroying the activity, or the reason for doing it. However, this risk is generally confined to a similar level that the average child involved in normal active play may experience. The level of risk is low, and we believe it is a tolerable risk when compared to the benefits. Our aim is to reduce risks to the lowest tolerable level consistent with the nature and ethos of the activity.
 
Q. What happens if my child becomes ill or is injured?
A. Injuries and illnesses are usually very minor, and are treated by Abernethy Staff and school teachers. All instructors and many of our front-of-house staff are trained and qualified first-aiders. More serious incidents are dealt with by our local health centre.
 
Q. What level of supervision is there at Abernethy?
A. During the outdoor activity sessions, instructors generally work with groups not exceeding 10 pupils. We aim to have a ratio of 1 instructor to 8 pupils. Different ratios and requirements apply to different activities. Outside of activity session times, visiting teachers are responsible for the children.
 
Q. Are your instructors qualified?
A. Instructors are fully trained to an appropriate level for all adventure activities. Our safety standards are documented and are available for download from our website. We work closely with the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA) to ensure the highest standards of safety.
 
Q. What is the accommodation like?
A. Our bedrooms are dorm-style with bunk beds, bed linen is provided.  Rooms range from twins up to larger family rooms sleeping 6+. Teachers’ bedrooms are on the same corridors as the children.
 
Q. Does Abernethy have a Child Protection Policy?
A. The safety and welfare of your child is of paramount importance to us. Abernethy has a full and comprehensive Child Protection Policy, which all of our staff adhere to.

Q. Do you have Abernethy merchandise?
A. Yes we have a range of Abernethy branded merchandise in the tuck shop at each centre. as well as sweets, drinks and toiletries, we have various small items like pencils, rubbers and mugs for less than £10. We also have Abernethy t-shirts and hoodies available to buy.  Please visit our Merchandise page for more detailed info on colours and sizes.

You might also want to look at the following pages:

How to book
Booking conditions