105 years ago Salford Lads’ Club set off for the first Whitsuntide camp

42 young people and volunteers set off for camp at 12.00 on Saturday, exactly 105 years after the club’s first Whitsuntide camp in 1904.

Photographer Stephen Wright was on hand to record this historic event.
The fatigue party were already in Aberystwyth, setting up the tents and the campsite.  The party included veteran volunteers Eric Salthouse and Archie Swift who attended their first camp in 1946.

Setting off for camp 2009
Setting off for camp 2009

A TV at Camp!

Setting off for camp 2008
Setting off for camp 2008

The club set off today for the annual camp holiday to Aberystwyth in Wales with 30 lads and 20 adult volunteers. As well as the usual activities, like swimming, fishing, football, and an army assault course, watching TV will be an essential part of this years camp. The reason, is that everyone will be watching former Salford Lads’ Club member Kallum Higginbotham play at Wembley for Rochdale FC in the 2nd Division play off final.

BBC Wales have a special celebration of the clubs’ 75 year link with Aberystwyth on their website at

Photograph by Jason Lock

Biggest SLC Camp in 20 years

Camp 2007
Camp 2007

A party of 40 set off today for the Annual Camp at Aberystwyth in North Wales, where the club have been camping since 1933. It’s the largest camp to take place at the club for 20 years. The second picture was taken earlier this week, showing young club members loading supplies for the week ahead.

We are delighted to have support from Salford Council’s PAYP programme for this year’s camp.

Ghost Camp Wins National Award

Ghost Camp 2005
Ghost Camp 2005

The Roots and Wings Awards are for ‘groundbreaking heritage learning projects with young people’ The Ghost Camp involved a radio play, drama workshops and an exhibition based on the club’s ill -fated camping holiday of 1940.

The Ghost Camp project was researched and devised by Leslie Holmes and involved young club members, adult volunteers and actress Penny McDonald in a 4 episode radio play broadcast on Salford Community Radio in June 2005. Music for the Ghost Camp was written and performed by Vinny Peculiar and Craig Gannon.

The Club also worked with Ordsall Community Arts to create 3 day workshops for primary schools involving actors Alan Keogh and Hilary Barber. An exhibition in the concert hall featured period camp tents, a large model of the camp and projected archive film of the1939 camp.

More about the Roots and Wings 2006 Awards at http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/nwh_gfx_en/ART38102.html

The project was supported by:
Home Front Recall, The Local Network Fund
Aim Higher Greater Manchester, Salford City Council
English Heritage, North West Film Archive, LPC Living

(A CD of the radio play, is available from the club price £7)

Dinosaur Eggs at Salford Lads’ Club Camp

Dinosaur Eggs
The group and their dinosaur eggs

24 young people from Salford Lads’ Club set off for the Annual camp trip to Aberystwyth with 4 fake Dinosaur Eggs, which will be used during the egg and spoon race. The club had made a fruitless search of craft shops in Manchester and Salford looking for wooden eggs. Club leader Leon said ‘All we could find were polystyrene eggs and they’d blow off the spoons during the race, so we thought these fake dinosaur eggs might be a better bet.