for Brigades and Cadets

About Hillcrest

Hillcrest adventure activity centre is a great choice if you are bringing your Boys’ or Girls’ Brigade Juniors group on their first residential trip away from home. The homely atmosphere, relatively small size and friendly environment help your group have fun together and build confidence as they experience our range of adventure activities within the grounds.

For those who like to explore, we have walking trails which focus on nature or history – a great way for your group to learn something new in beautiful surroundings while keeping active and engaged. We have a great range of facilities at Hillcrest too, including a basketball court, floodlit playing field, a common room and lots of indoor spaces to use after the day’s activities.



  • Groups - Rooms with bunk beds sleep 6-16 with showers and toilets located close by
  • Leaders - Single or twin rooms, en suite or with private facilities nearby


  • Basketball court
  • Floodlit playing field
  • Indoor space
  • Group common room
  • Leaders’ lounge
  • Shop

Activities available

Even though Hillcrest is a small centre, there's plenty of choice when it comes to activities for your Brigades or Cadets.

The full list of activities is featured below. There's plenty to keep everyone busy in the evenings too, with lively entertainment sessions led by the PGL team.

See the evening entertainment available at Hillcrest.

Select an activity for a full description


Enjoyable mealtimes with nutritious and tasty food
Our meals are freshly cooked, balanced and will give your group plenty of energy to keep them going throughout the day. 

  • Hot and cold meals with vegetarian options
  • Homemade soup every day
  • Self-service salad bar
  • Fresh fruit with every meal
  • Allergies, intolerances and special diets catered for - see our Leader Guide
  • Support for fussy eaters - see our Parent Guide

Sample Day

Sample day for Brigades and Cadets at Hillcrest
Schedule Activities
07.00 - 09.00 Get up, get ready and fuel up for the day ahead
09.15 - 12.30 Morning activities - usually 2 sessions with a 15 minute break in-between
12.30 - 14.00 Dry off & clean up. Time for a fresh & tasty two-course hot lunch
14.15 - 17.30 Afternoon activities - 2 exciting sessions with a 15 minute break in-between
18.00 - 19.00 Time to eat again - a different menu each day
19.00 - 21.00 Talent shows, campfires, quizzes and more. The evening entertainment programme keeps you laughing until bedtime.
21.00 / 21.30 Bedtime. Catch up on some zzz's and prepare to do it all over again tomorrow!