The Leadership and adventure camp took place in St. Flannan’s College, in Ennis. The town has been a centre for Irish Traditional Music, and since 1974 has hosted the Fleadh Nua in late May each year, the second largest traditional music festival in Ireland.
We undertook a variety of sporting challenges and activities with the boys competing for their respective camp teams. Soccer, Gaelic football, ultimate frisbee, water balloon fights and obstacle courses in Connemara. Night games were a feature every evening with the torches out in force and the camp boundaries stretched to the limit!
On Tuesday we went to a falconry show at the Allwee Caves. It was very interactive and some of the lads got to hold owls and falcons in their arms. After that we headed to Spanish Point for a swim, beach games and mentoring sessions with the lads.
The high point of the camp was the father and son weekend where the Dads joined us. Between the talent show, raft building in Derg IsleTeam Building Centre, father and son character talks and the awards ceremony, people had great memories to share. The raft building activity in particular was memorable and although a structural success for many, not every raft remained afloat on the water!
Amongst all the activities, we had our regular timetable with top quality meals provided by the catering staff in St. Flannan’s College, leaders taking each of the camp boys for mentoring sessions and everyone coming together for the talks of character formation. Our chaplain, Fr. James celebrated Mass every day in the local parish Church attending by some of the camp participants and locals from around the area and, he made himself available to hear confessions, which was greatly appreciated by all.
Looking forward to doing it all again next year!