Holiday Club

Holiday Club

(10.15am to 12.45pm each day)

Our Holiday Club programme for primary school children takes place every Summer during the School Holidays (details of our young adult programme, Team Teen, can be found here). While we’ve become one of the biggest holiday clubs in our area (and probably the loudest!), our aim remains simple: to communicate the love of God and Jesus in a fun and exciting way.

Over the last twelve years, we’ve grown in size (and noise) thanks to the fantastic support of our Kirk Session, Congregation and all the families of the children. And that’s not forgetting our amazing team of leaders who make it all possible.

Our Holiday Clubs are non-denominational and a church background is not a requirement – everyone is invited to join in the fun! All the info you need can be found below but please get in touch if you have any questions.

Holiday Club 2019 – Backpackers!

Backpackers runs from Monday 22 July to Friday 26 july (10.15am to 12.45pm each day).
As always, admission is free (donations are welcome and will go towards the costs of crafts, materials and snacks for Holiday Club). This year, we’re asking that each child brings an empty (and clean!) jam jar on Monday as we’ll be using it for one of our crafts.

Backpackers has a travel theme so we’re inviting young travellers from P1 to P7 (including those starting P1 in August) to join us for our biggest and best Holiday Club yet! We’re keeping our plans top secret for a bit longer but you can expect a week of crafts, games, stories, music, mess and mayhem…

The ‘Backpackers Global Gathering’

Our end of Holiday club celebration and BBQ event takes place on Sunday 28 July. Our annual celebration event is always massively popular (and full of surprises!) so remember to bring your family and friends so they can find out more about what we’ve been doing. It’s nothing like a normal service (our presenters previous entrances have included water pistols, shopping trolleys and scooters!) so expect videos, music, mess, mayhem but most of all, expect the unexpected! And as always, it’ll be followed by our annual BBQ party (don’t worry if it rains, we have wet weather plans in place just in case!).

The important stuff
Bo’ness Old Kirk and The Church of Scotland understands the importance of ensuring the safety and well being of all children attending our events. Our leaders hold safeguarding accreditation with children supervised at all times throughout Holiday Club in accordance with the Church’s procedures for dealing with vulnerable groups. If you require any further information or would like to discuss this further then please contact our Safeguarding Co-Ordinators Karen Stewart and Alison McNeish.

All our Holiday Clubs are fully inclusive with children put into teams based on their age and school so that they are with other children that they may know. Please note that while we are happy to consider any requests to place certain children together, this is not always possible due to us ensuring appropriate child/leader ratios.
If your child has any additional requirements or learning needs then please let us know so that we can ensure they have the best experience possible. These should be provided to us in your child’s registration form but if you have any questions, or if anything changes, then please get in touch.

How do I book a place at Holiday Club?

Our online booking system opened on Saturday 1 June at 9am. We’ve continued to have an incredible demand for places over the years but smashed our record with over 100 bookings in just 25 minutes!

As a result, bookings are closed for Backpackers and confirmation emails have been sent. However, if you didn’t get a place then don’t worry, we always try to make more spaces available where possible. If you’d like to join our waiting list then please email Diane with your childs name, age and class next term.

If your child is unable to attend Holiday Club then please let us know as soon as possible so that we can reallocate their place to someone on our waiting list. 

What will we be doing at Holiday Club?

Our expedition leaders Amanda and Ewan will be leading us on a global adventure but, if you’ve been to Holiday Club at the Old Kirk before then you’ll know that, anything can happen!

As we like surprises, we like to keep our plans under wraps but we guarantee a week packed with laughs, action and surprises!

In general, our Holiday Club programme runs as follows:


Team Time: Taking place in their team’s dedicated area, some small craft activities.

Hall: All teams in Church Hall. Songs, videos and general mayhem!

Team Time: Team area. Including some time to learn about today’s bible story, our main craft activity and to participate in some games. Snacks and juice are provided (including fruit).

Hall: All teams in Church Hall. More songs, more noise, more mayhem!

Departure: Children will receive their daily newsletter and have the opportunity to take home any crafts etc before leaving.


We’re running daily competitions which will be announced via our ‘Guidebook’ Holiday Club newsletter   – this is handed out each day upon departure and available here:

Monday Guidebook

On Tuesday, your challenge is to bring something from another country (flag, picture, amazing fact, memorabilia etc) – to make it easy, it doesn’t have to be from your teams country! Wednesday is carnival day – its your chance to dress up so come in fancy dress from a country. For Thursday, we’d love if you could make/build/paint a model of a famous building in the world – use lego, card or anything you want! For Friday, you can make or wear something with your group flag on it. 

All week at Backpackers, our teams will also be decorating their Hostel Areas – we’ll be judging the best decorated areas on Friday!

There’s always BIG prizes to be won! But don’t worry if you don’t like dressing up or making crafty things, it’s just some added fun and you don’t need to take part if you don’t want to.

Giving a helping hand

During Holiday Club, children are invited to bring items for Storehouse (our local food bank) – the collection box is located in the registration area.  All items will be distributed to those in need in our community

Our rag bag collection point is also situated at the Registration Area. So if you have any clothes/shoes you’d like to get rid off then bring them to Church! (ragbag proceeds go towards Church funds).

But there’s more!

We update our Facebook page every day with all the latest pictures and videos from Holiday Club – so check it out!

Any questions?

Our Holiday Club information pack is available below:

If you have any queries or would like further information then please contact Diane.

What we did last year: TeamBuilders!

In July 2018, over 120 children joined us for an amazing week of noise, music, mess and mayhem at our biggest (and best!) Holiday Club yet. From building boats to some madcap (and messy) team challenges, we had lots of highlights and we even had an appearance from the wrong Iron Man!

Check out our Facebook page for all the videos and pictures from TeamBuilders!

Here’s just some of the things we’ve got up to over the past few years: