An IT and technology charity have had a jam-packed summer holidays running their tech camps for children in Dumbarton and the Vale.

Bellsmyre Digital Community (BDC) ran a series of innovative Summer Tech Camps funded by West Dunbartonshire Council Shine 22 programme for eight to 16 year olds.

The camps were held in three locations – Bellsmyre, Dumbarton central and Castlehill – and provided over 200 packed lunches organised by Sweet Success Café in the Concord.

This allowed youngsters to have the opportunity to experience high end gaming on specially-designed PCs, keyboards and headsets. There was also an opportunity to explore the virtual reality headsets.

Workshops for 3D printing were also on offer by Joe Burns where the young people were able to print and then paint anything that their creative minds could think of from fighter aeroplanes to Minecraft characters.

One parent said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other kids collectively who have a great enthusiasm for gaming.

“Socially, they got to meet new friends and interacting with like-minded kids has been brilliant. It’s definitely something that should be continued. Well done, guys.”

Another added: “My son absolutely loves it. He’s shown a great interest in everything. This is a great opportunity for kids. He isn’t usually outgoing, but this has been a whole different experience for him.”