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About / FAQ

Crossover is Scotland’s biggest, and we hope best, Christian youth festival for people aged 12 to 18 and their leaders.

Over the weekend there are loads of things to get up to. You can come for a day or the whole weekend, camp in your own tent or use the onsite accommodation. Our all-inclusive packages are great value. You get your choice of camping or accommodation and all your food included in your package so you don’t have to bother bringing lots of extra cooking equipment and food.

Have a look through our photo gallery at Crossovers past to get an idea of what goes on.

If you need more information that isn’t covered in the FAQ below, then you can get in touch with the Boys’ Brigade on 01324 562008 or email info@crossover.org.uk

We have 2 FAQ lists. Please select your question:

General

  1. How do I get in touch?
  2. What is Crossover?
  3. When did it all begin?
  4. So, what happens at Crossover?
  5. What do we get for our money?
  6. Why should I bring my group along?

For Parents

  1. My son/daughter wants to go to Crossover – what can you tell me about it?
  2. Who organises the event?
  3. Who comes along?
  4. You said residential – where do participants stay?
  5. Will the group stay together throughout the weekend?
  6. You said it was a safe environment?
  7. What about Child Protection?
  8. Are you sure there will be something for my son/daughter to do?
  9. You mentioned adventure activities – how safe are they?
  10. How do I make contact during the weekend?
  11. Is food included in the ticket price?
  12. I have another question

General

  1. How do I get in touch?

    Email: info@crossover.org.uk
    Phone: 01324 562008
    Fax: 01324 552323
    Post:
    Crossover
    The Boys’ Brigade
    Carronvale House
    Carronvale Road
    Larbert
    FK5 3LH

  2. What is Crossover?

    Crossover is an inter agency Christian Youth Festival for young people aged between 12 and 18 (and their leaders) and is run by several different Christian Organisations. The Boys’ Brigade and The Church of Scotland are the main partner agencies with support from Christian Aid, The Girls’ Brigade, and a number of other agencies.

  3. When did it all begin?

    The Boys’ Brigade, in 1998, realised that there was a growing gap between members coming along to their companies and also coming along to their local churches. In a move to try and change this trend, the Boys’ Brigade thought of having a youth event that young people could come along to and realise that faith and indeed church was something that they could be a part of. Parish Education (as it was at that time), The Girls’ Brigade and Christian Aid, all became involved at an early stage with Social Responsibility, National Mission and Frontier Youth Trust joining later. Each of the agencies involved recognised that young people not coming to faith or church was a growing problem, and they joined forces to try and tackle the problem. The first event took place in June 1999 where over 400 people attended at Fordell Firs, near Dunfermline. In 2000, Crossover moved to its present home in Broomlee Centre, West Linton, near Edinburgh where 600 people came together for the Crossover experience. The event continued to grow annually and after a brief spell at Cultybraggan, the festival returned to Broomlee in 2005 where over 700 young people and around 140 staff and band members enjoyed a fantastic weekend.

  4. So, what happens at Crossover?

    There are many different things to explore when you arrive at Crossover. There is the Main Venue which, amongst other things, houses a massive sound system and lighting rig. This venue plays host to the main worship sessions. Worship is central to Crossover and a variety of different styles are offered. There are smaller marquees and classrooms around the site which offer refuge, refreshments and resourcing. Throughout the weekend, interactive workshops are held for both young people and youth leaders exploring many issues from homelessness to the debt crisis, clowning skills to craft sessions, films discussions to theological discussions. As well as thinking about themselves, we encourage the young people to think about others who don’t have the same quality of life that they do. There are lots of different workshops aimed at lots of different people and we are certain that everyone will find some to attend!
    Activities also play a huge part in Crossover. Over the years there have been a great number of activities, both old and new. Some have included:
    Grass Sledges, Abseiling, Crate Climbing, Giant Inflatables, Pole Climbing, Fencing, Team Sports …
    the list goes on and on!
    The activities that are on offer, appeal to a wide range of ages and people just like the workshops there is something for everyone!
    So much happens at Crossover, that there just isn’t enough room to mention it all here. If you have any questions about what happens, contact us.

  5. What do we get for our money?

    When you pay for your tickets you receive access to the festival as well as entry to all of the workshops, main venue events, activities and anything else that happens on the site.*
    If you pay for a camping ticket, this secures you a pitch on the camp site (you have to supply your own tents).
    If you pay for accommodation, this ensures that a nice warm and cosy bed in our dormitory accommodation will have your name on it.
    Depending on the tickets you purchased you may have meal vouchers. You can supply your own food (and ways to cook it!) or you can purchase food from the on site catering venues. They are run by a team of chefs and offer a low cost alternative to making your own food. Pre-purchased meal vouchers ensure that even if the young people spend all of their money on sweets and CDs they will still get fed.

    *There may be a nominal charge for some activities

  6. Why should I bring my group along?

    We hope that we have convinced you to bring your group along to Crossover. If we haven’t, here are come more reasons why you should come!

    * It is a great weekend to finish off the session
    * Everyone who has been to Crossover, talks about it for months!
    * We offer you, the leader, loads of ideas for the next session
    * If your group traditionally has a camp, we organise it for you!
    * It allows young people and their leaders to meet other Christians and like minded folk to prove that there is life outside their church building
    * As a leader, you can bring your group and know that whilst you are having a relaxing coffee in the cafe, they are enjoying themselves, sharing with others, and perhaps even thinking about their faith!

For Parents

  1. My son/daughter wants to go to Crossover – what can you tell me about it?

    Crossover is Scotland’s biggest residential Christian Youth Festival. The event is now in it’s 7th year and in the past couple of years has attracted around 1000 young people and leaders, joining together for a weekend of fun, faith and fellowship.

  2. Who organises the event?

    The festival is organised by The Boys’ Brigade in partnership with the Church of Scotland, with support from a number of other Christian agencies.

  3. Who comes along?

    There is a good mix of groups each year at Crossover, from Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, Guides and Church Youth Groups. There is a fairly even split of boys and girls each year. The ages tend to be biased towards the 11-13 and 14-16 age groups with these being of similar size.

  4. You said residential – where do participants stay?

    There are two choices available to groups. They can either camp, providing their own tents or take advantage of indoor accommodation. The indoor option is in purpose built blocks (some of which have been recently refurbished), which allow for groups to be housed together but with boys and girls kept separate. Group leaders will be in the same block but in separate rooms.

  5. Will the group stay together throughout the weekend?

    That is entirely up to the group. On arrival, each participant will be given a programme booklet and we encourage leaders to allow the young folk to do what they want to do. Crossover provides a safe environment to allow this to happen, although ultimate responsibility for the group remains with the leaders. Many groups arrange to meet up as a group at set time e.g. meal times, to ensure everyone is OK and also to share in the experiences each other has had.

  6. You said it was a safe environment?

    Yes, throughout the weekend we have a team who look after the site security, staffing the entrances to ensure no strangers appear on site and to deal with any problems which may crop up.

  7. What about Child Protection?

    All staff on site will have undergone some form of Child Protection training, either provided by their own organisation or by The Church of Scotland.

  8. Are you sure there will be something for my son/daughter to do?

    If there’s not we would like to know what’s missing. There are a number of activities provided by The Boys’ Brigade including an inflatable village, adventure activities, team games, fair games, archery, fencing and much more. The Girls’ Brigade run a craft area. There are a number of venues, workshops and seminars to visit and participate in. Venues have in the past been looked after by Christian Aid, Impact, Parish Education, Youth for Christ and sessions have been run by the Board of Social Responsibility, Frontier Youth Trust and Scripture Gift Mission. Each of the teams will provide thought provoking themes and discussions and participation in a number of different issues. Past festivals have dealt with world debt and poverty, drug awareness, relationships, HIV/Aids awareness, homelessness, faith awareness as well as providing resources for leaders and young folk. In addition Wesley Owen run a shop for us, selling books, gifts and Crossover & band merchandise. Worship plays a big part in the festival and at four times over the weekend the main venue (a 100foot marquee) will provide the venue to bring everyone together.

  9. You mentioned adventure activities – how safe are they?

    All the activities provided on site are looked after by trained and certificated individuals, and are covered fully by public liability insurance. Accidents can still happen, even with these safeguards in place and in case they do we have a team of trained First Aiders, from British Red Cross on site all weekend.

  10. How do I make contact during the weekend?

    If contact is required, in the first instance this should be to the leader of the youth group. In emergencies only, contact can be made with Broomlee Centre (telephone number will be included in joining instructions sent to group leaders two weeks before event).

  11. Is food included in the ticket price?

    If the group have opted for the ‘all inclusive’ option then yes, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included. Meal tickets for individual meals are available by prior booking by the group leader. If not then there is a catering outlet providing full main meals or burgers and snacks.

  12. I have another question

    Hopefully this faq has answered any queries but if you have another contact the leader of the youth group or failing that contact us by email on info@crossover.org.uk