The Leadership and adventure camp took place in Dromid hostel, near Waterville in the ring of Kerry. Waterville is famous for its landscape, the birth place of GAA legend Mick O’Dwyer and was a favourite holiday spot for one Charlie Chaplin!
Following in the footsteps of the comic actor we rooted ourselves in the area for a week in July where the sun shone brightly throughout and deep in the mountainous valley, the rain made itself known to us at times too!
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 galore. Night games were a feature every evening with the torches out in force and the camp boundaries stretched to the limit!
A day trip to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’ Connell was a cultural affair where we learned some interesting facts about his life and thereafter spent some time on Derrynane beach. A strenuous hike through Glenbeigh was easier for some participants and more difficult for others!
The high point of the camp was the father and son weekend where the Dads joined us. Between the talent show, raft building in Cappanalea, 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 actvities, we had our regular timetable with top quality meals provided by the catering staff in Dromid Hostel, leaders taking each of the camp boys for mentoring sessions and everyone coming together for the talks of character formation. Our chaplain, Fr. Donncha 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!