Community Summer Camp has been running successfully in Carlow for 17 years as a low cost, non-profit making project. The organisation of the camp is reliant on community support to provide the resources, people and venues to enable the successful running of the camp. There are various avenues of support from the community including:
The camp is organised through collaboration between youth and community workers from various agencies. These are: Carlow Regional Youth Services, St. Catherine’ Community Services Centre, Carlow School Completion Programme and with the support of the FÁS C.E. Programme in C.R.Y.S.
The Community Summer Camp caters for young people between the ages of 5 and 12 years and this year is divided into 5 venues around Carlow town. It will run from Monday 9 th – Friday 13 th of July:
In all, the camp has 500 young people enrolled to take part this year with 90 volunteer workers.
Among the activities being organised for summer camp are; arts and crafts, games, library trips, table quizzes, songs, scavenger hunts, swimming trips to Bagenalstown swimming pool and various day trips. All activities had full participation from young people and leaders and were enjoyed by all involved! For many the highlights of the week were the day trips to a number of different venues including Splashworld, Aura Forest Park in Courtown and the Big Blue Barn.
Last year we had a great turnout of volunteers for the camp. 90 people, from the age of and 16 and over, generously elected to give a week of their time to work with the young people in the community summer camp. All volunteers participated in a week long training programme in St. Fiacc’s National School prior to the week of camp, preparing them with skills and information necessary for the work to be undertaken. Volunteers were trained in a variety of themes central to working with young people, including child protection and basic first aid and on to other topics such as leading games and arts and crafts sessions. All of the participants showed a great commitment to the training during the week and found it as much enjoyable as it was beneficial. The success of this training could be seen in the efforts and outstanding contribution of all volunteers during the summer camp week. To acknowledge the work done by summer camp volunteers, we had a ceremony to present certificates to all in “The Hub” at CRYS followed by a bowling trip to the Dome.