Our Staff

Craig Thomson

Owner/Manager

Craig has spent many years travelling to various places throughout the world and found a real passion for exploring the outdoors and working with children and young people. His passion has seen him work in various places, including summer camps, outdoor education centres, schools, early years and playwork services, youthwork, residential care, to name a few and that has given him an array of experience that he brings to his role at OpOut.

Although born in Glasgow and starting Operation Play Outdoors in Glasgow, Craig has spent many years abroad in places like Canada, Australia and New Zealand and has consistently worked within the Outdoor Education and Playwork sectors.

Craig is a qualified level 3 Forest School Leader and Senior Playworker and his passion to bring more play to the communities of Glasgow and Scotland is second to none. Craig has big ambitions to tackle the barriers which currently affect the amount of time we dedicate to play and is inspired to create innovative and exciting play opportunities that challenge the norm.

In his spare time, aside from playing outdoors and climbing trees, Craig enjoys hiking, and generally exploring the outdoors and is always open to trying new things. Craig believes that we don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

Play is a necessity in everyone’s life. I see the importance that play has on everyday life whether that be the huge opportunities for development and learning new things to the sheer joy and excitement it brings to all those that take part. I have been lucky to live a life enriched with play but there has been a huge dip in the time we allow for play these days and play itself is becoming something we do more and more through electronic platforms. I strive to encourage more play in the world, play that is social, active and exciting!

My favourite season has to be autumn for the array of colours and endless opportunities for creative play. The colours inspire the imagination and give a real warming feel to the forest. My favourite autumn activity is playing conkers.

My favourite game without doubt is Capture the Flag, and not the one you play on computer games, the real one outside. There is just something so exciting and rewarding about this game that I thrive on, so watch this space for some Capture the Flag themed events in 2016!

The Horse Chestnut tree is my favourite, or many may recognise it as the conker tree. Aside from providing us with conkers in the Autumn, I also really like this tree for its amazing colours in Spring when it flowers and Autumn when the leaves turn. Its distinctive leaves have provided endless opportunities for natural art in my sessions and I find groups really engage with nature through this tree as many recognise the conkers that it produces.

“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary”

Sessional Staff

We have sessional opportunities available throughout the year! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on current vacancies!

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering with us and learning more about the work we do, please get in touch with us at info@opout.co.uk. We would be happy to speak further about any opportunities to get involved!