Below we have all the information you will need for your Contagious Conference this summer. If you would like general information for what a Contagious MAX Conference is like then please click on the link here.

Contagious MAX ScoNo runs from Saturday 27th July to Friday 2nd August. The Conference will begin with registration between 3.30-4:00pm. If you are going to be later than these please contact in the weeks before the Conference or call Carrie at 07477627514 on the day. Our welcome meeting will start at 5:00pm.

On Friday 2nd August we ask for you to pick up your young person after 1.30pm and by 2pm. The young people will be provided with a picnic lunch to take home with them. If you are going to be delayed for any reason to pick up your child then please contact us using the phone number above.

Contagious MAX ScoNo is at Barnard Castle School. When you arrive we will have TEAM and CREWon hand to direct you to registration and help with taking bags to rooms. Due to package travel regulations we are unable to provide transport from train stations to the venue. We understand that a coach has been organised to bring some of the young people from Scotland to Barnard Castle. If you booked on later and do not have a spot on the coach (but would like help getting down to Barnard Castle or would be interested in car-sharing) please email as soon as possible.

Barnard Castle School is set in beautiful grounds. Contagious MAX ScoNo is housed in the main school area with the girls on the first floor in single dorms, and the boys on the second floor in dorms of two or three beds (with one room of six). There are good communal spaces for the young people to relax and play games together. The school is just a short walk away from the market town of Barnard Castle. We spend one of the mornings in the town as a group.

  • Clothing appropriate for a range of weather and activities
  • Shoes including those suitable for running/activities
  • A towel (bedding is provided)
  • A water bottle with your name on
  • Pens (young people will be provided with their own teaching booklets for writing notes in)
  • Bible (We will be teaching from the New International Version) – please bring a physical copy
  • A bank card for Tuck and the Bookstall (Debit cards are available at most banks from 11 years old, but if your young person doesn’t have a bank card, there are pre-paid cards available such as Go Henry ( – prepaid card with an app) that you may want to take a look into).
  • Old clothing suitable for potentially being dyed (for colour wars, you may want to bring a white t-shirt)
  • Fancy dress for our Ceilidh on the final night – the theme this year is WILD WEST/COWBOYS.
  • Toiletries, sun cream, hat and sunglasses

Please do NOT bring any snacks that contain nuts. Our venues are nut-free sites and we often have attendees with severe nut allergies.

We are hoping to take some general photos or videos during the week that may be used for publicity, uploaded on our website or shared on social media sites.
If you have particular concerns about social media, photographs or publicity, please inform us by emailing If you have already let us know in your booking then we will have made a note and will make sure that any photographers are aware.

Young people at Contagious MAX may bring their phones to Contagious and use them throughout the day during breaks.  NO phones are to be used during teaching sessions unless as part of the activity or required. Phones should be switched off or on silent during teaching sessions and at other times all users should act responsibly to avoid distracting themselves and others from engaging with people and activities.  If any attendee of Contagious uses their phone in an inappropriate or immoral way then we reserve the right as leaders to confiscate the phone and return it to them at the end of the Conference.  Any illegal use of a phone will be reported.

You should have given us all relevant medical, SEN and pastoral information when you signed up on Brushfire. If you have any further information to give us or need to update anything then you can do that by accessing your booking on Brushfire. If you wish to update anything less than six weeks before the conference please email This is because we often pull the relevant information for each Conference from the booking website around six weeks before the conference, and by emailing us we can make sure that the necessary people are notified.

When you booked onto Contagious, we asked you to agree to our terms and conditions. You can access them here. In particular, please note our expectations with regards to behaviour throughout the week.

If you need to get in touch with us at any point during the week then you can do that using the contact information below:

  • Urgent enquiries or emergencies – Carrie at 07477627514 (Carrie does work for Contagious and will be checking the admin email each morning)
What does a typical day look like?

We have a busy morning so every Conference has a filling breakfast with cooked and continental options. After breakfast is our SUS group time. This is time in small groups studying the Bible together. The rest of the morning is spent in two Seminars with a break in the middle. Seminars are interactive sessions where we dig deeper into God’s word together. We then have lunch and afterwards it is into afternoon activities. The activities are usually split into two slots and are a mix of all-together activities and different options. We then have dinner together. In the evening we have our Big Teaches. These are meetings that include games, singing, interviews and the reading and preaching of God’s word. A day at Contagious MAX then ends with some after hours activities and before toast o’clock, and lights out at 10.45pm.

What is being taught at Contagious this year?

We live in a world of fake news and false ideas. Many people are uncertain of who they are, why they exist and how to make sense of life. Where can we turn to find truth and stability? Where can we find a solid foundation to build on? We can only find it in God’s word, entrusted to God’s church. In 1 Timothy a church which lives and loves the Bible is described as a pillar and foundation of the truth. Come and join us this summer as we open up 1 Timothy and learn how to stand tall and hold firm!

How are young people kept safe at Contagious?

We are serious about keeping all children and young people safe at Contagious. If you would like to read our safeguarding policy then you can access that here.

How can I be praying for Contagious? 

We would love it if you could be praying for us throughout the week! It is only through God’s word applied to the hearts of the young people through the Holy Spirit’s work that lives are changed. Please be praying for faithful teaching and for hearts opened to the good news of the gospel. For particular points for prayer check out our dedicated page.