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Summer Camps for Teens: Ireland 2013

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Secondary school will soon be out, and there will be 3 long months to entertain your teen! If you are looking for activities for teenagers this summer, why not consider a Summer camp for teens? We’ve details of all local summer camps for teens across Ireland, and you can even book some online for convenience. Keep checking back as we’ll be adding new camps all the time! In the meantime, here’s a few that caught our eye! (more…)

May 28, 2013 |

Summer Camps in Mayo

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The summer holidays are looming and we're on the look out for as many summer camps in Mayo as we can find out about for you.  Keep checking back as we'll be adding more all the time!

eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools

The FAI’s largest grassroots programme, the eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools enters its 17th year in 2013 and continues to provide children, between the ages of 6 and 14,with a fun filled week of activity during the summer holidays. Every year boys and girls of all abilities turn out to enjoy five days of fun and football. The camps are designed to cater for all players, regardless of ability.  Camps take place across Mayo. 

Let's Go Summer Camps

Let’s Go! is your No. 1 choice for action packed, fun filled summer camps. Let’s Go! Multi Activity Summer Camps operate in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Westport for children aged five to thirteen years. Our camps run Monday to Friday – 9:30am to 3.30pm daily. We offer two programmes of activities, one for the 5-6 year olds and the second for the 7-13 year olds. These programmes have been designed by our expert team with the children in mind at all times. 

You'll find many more camps on our Camp Listings!

Tips for Summer Camps

Mykidstime is run by parents round the country and we have also compiled our Top 10 Tips for Summer Camps, based on our experience! Things like checking whether they need a drink or snack with them or what the procedure is at pick up time. Each camp provider should have a child protection policy in place. Ask other parents for opinions on camps if it's your child's first summer camp year.

If you know of a local camp that we don't have listed, drop us an email or comment below and we'll happily add to the listings for other parents! If you are a camp provider and we haven't listed your summer camp, be sure to list your camp with us

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May 7, 2013 |

Summer Camps for kids in Ireland 2013

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It’s that time of year, summer camp time, schools will soon be out and it is time to get looking and booking summer camps. We’ve researched all the summer camps for kids in Ireland and have put the details about local summer camps in each Mykidstime area to save you time. You can even book some of the camps online for convenience! Keep checking back as we’ll be adding new camps all the time! (more…)

April 30, 2013 |

Summer Camps in Ireland 2012

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It's that time of year, summer camp time, schools will soon be out and it is time to get looking and booking summer camps. We've researched all the summer camps in Ireland and have put the details about local summer camps in each Mykidstime area to save you time. You can even book some of the camps online for convenience!

Book Summer Camps Online for convenience

You can use your debit or credit card any time of day or night to book your child's place and remember to bring along your email confirmation to the camp.

Camps by Region

Leinster

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Summer Camps in Carlow

 

Dublin-doors

 

 

Summer Camps in Dublin

  kildare-BrigidsWell   Summer Camps in Kildare

 

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Summer Camps in Kilkenny

 

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  Summer Camps in Laois
  Longford-Barley-harbour   Summer Camps in Longford
  louth-monasterboice   Summer Camps in Louth

 

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Summer Camps in Meath

 

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Summer Camps in Offaly

  westmeath-athlonescene   Summer Camps in Westmeath

 

Wexford

 

 

Summer Camps in Wexford

  wicklow-glendalough   Summer Camps in Wicklow
 

Munster

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Summer Camps in Clare

 

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Summer Camps in Cork

  kerry-dunmorehead   Summer Camps in Kerry

 

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Summer Camps in Limerick

  tipperary-rockofcashel   Summer Camps in Tipperary
  waterford-lismorecastle   Summer Camps in Waterford

Connacht

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Summer Camps in Galway

  leitrim-boats   Summer Camps in Leitrim

 

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Summer Camps in Mayo

  roscommon-castle   Summer Camps in Roscommon

 

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Summer Camps in Sligo

Ulster

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Summer Camps in Cavan

  donegal-slieveleague   Summer Camps in Donegal
  monaghan_carrickmacross   Summer Camps in Monaghan

Camps by Category

horseridingWe have put the camps in lots of different categories as well, in case you aren't sure which camp your child would like. You can look up summer soccer camps in our Sport Camps category, we have listings for art & crafts camps, cookery camps for kids, drama & dance camps, or if your child is into languages or music, we have a separate category for language & music camps.

One of the most popular types of summer camps are the Multi-Activity camps where your child will have fun doing a range of different activities during the morning or day.

For the junior scientist in your household, check out the Science & Technology camps.

And if sport is what they are into, we have a range of camps in our Sport and Water Sports & Swimming and horse riding camps.

There's even a category for Health & Exercise or how about checking out our "other fun camps" category!

Tips for Summer Camps

Mykidstime is run by parents round the country and we have also compiled our Top 10 Tips for Summer Camps, based on our experience! Things like checking whether they need a drink or snack with them or what the procedure is at pick up time. Each camp provider should have a child protection policy in place. Ask other parents for opinions on camps if it's your child's first summer camp year.

If you know of a local camp that we don't have listed, drop us an email or comment below and we'll happily add to the listings for other parents! If you are a camp provider and we haven't listed your summer camp, be sure to list your camp with us

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May 22, 2012 |

Top 10 Tips for Children’s Summer Camps

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If you are considering sending your child to camp for the first time, we have compiled 10 key things to ask about when you are arranging a summer camp place for your child, all based on the Mykidstime Team's experience!

#1. Do they have a Child Protection Policy?

All of the parents on Mykidstime said that it was important to find out if the camp provider has child protection policies and insurance cover in place.  It is good practice for all organisations that have contact with children and young people to introduce a child protection policy.

This policy helps to provide safeguards and support for staff when they are working with children and young people.  You can contact the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for further information on Child Protection guidelines.

One further tip: be sure to ask what the adults to children ratio is.  Ideally it should be 1 adult to 8 children.

#2. Check what time is pick up time

Siobhan's tip is to ask if there is after-camp care available if you are working and can’t get there at the end of the camp, or what to do if you are running late.  They may be able to accommodate late arrivals but sometimes they can't so it's good to know what their policy on this is.

#3. Do they need to bring refreshments and food with them?

Katherine always asks if they need to bring lunch, drinks, snacks.  It is rare for organisations to include lunch so it's good to know how much you should send in with your child.

If it is a particular active camp, make sure you send in extra water and something high energy like a banana to refuel them during the camp.

Related: Top tips for healthy lunch box ideas and Nutrition data – eats, treats & labels

#4. Is a change of clothes necessary?

Mary Kate says to check if they need to bring a change of clothes or swimming togs/towel.  Her tip: "It's good to tuck in a plastic carrier bag to hold wet stuff afterwards". 

If it is a multi activity camp ask if they are doing e.g. a messy paint day to check whether or not to send them in old clothes that day.

#5. Do you need to give consent for outings?

Michelle reminded us that we should ask if they plan to take the kids on any outings during the camp and if so, what arrangements are in place, e.g. for transport, consent.  Double check that they will be returning to the central camp location for pickup.

#6. Ask if there is a sweet shop on site!

One Mykidstime parent (she wouldn't give her name smiley) discovered her boys were raiding their money boxes to buy things from the sweetie shop during lunch!

#7. Check how Lost Property is handled

After losing jumpers, jackets and even a pair of trousers through several sets of summer camps for her 3 boys, Etain makes sure to "ask where lost property can be claimed after camp and for how long after will that remain open.  I've been forced to hound the poor camp provider for weeks to get our stuff back!"

#8. Ask how kids are released at the end of camp

Jennifer suggested that particularly if you have younger kids, ask how they are released to you at the end of the camp: "younger kids should not be wandering around looking for their parents… there should be some sort of sign out system or system to check if parent is there to collect"

#9. Find out where to expect to collect from

Deborah suggests that you ask where in the venue do they finish so you know where to collect your child from e.g. if it is a multi activity camp, is it the swimming pool area so you know where to find them and check if you are expected to come early to dry/dress your child.  "I have been there wandering around trying to find my child at the end! So if there's swimming involved ask them if you collect from the changing rooms to save yourself the stress"

#10. Check on age spread of the camp and how younger kids are looked after

Jill says "it's worth definitely worth checking the spread of ages of kids? One of my kids, who was 5 at the time, ended up with 10 year olds the first day.  Admittedly they did help take care of her and called her a "dote" when I came to pick her up but I hadn't realised the ages weren't put together".

It's worth checking as well if your child is on the young side, if there will be help for getting changed, doing up shoes etc. 

Final tip for parents of the younger kids: if your child doesn't like the camp, suggest they try it for one more day, sometimes the first day can be a bit overwhelming especially if it is the first time they have been to camp.  Often they enjoy the second day better and get into a groove with the other kids.

Have you sent you child on a camp before? What would your top tip be? Add yours to the comments below

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October 20, 2011 |

Summer Camps in Limerick

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The summer holidays are looming and we're on the look out for as many summer camps in Limerick as we can find out about for you.  Keep checking back as we'll be adding more all the time!

eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools

The FAI’s largest grassroots programme, the eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools enters its 17th year in 2013 and continues to provide children, between the ages of 6 and 14,with a fun filled week of activity during the summer holidays. Every year boys and girls of all abilities turn out to enjoy five days of fun and football. The camps are designed to cater for all players, regardless of ability.  Camps take place across Limerick City & County. 

Let's Go Summer Camps

Let’s Go! is your No. 1 choice for action packed, fun filled summer camps. Let’s Go! Multi Activity Summer Camps operate in towns nationwide during the months of July and August for children aged five to thirteen years. Our camps run Monday to Friday – 9:30am to 3.30pm daily. We offer two programmes of activities, one for the 5-6 year olds and the second for the 7-13 year olds. These programmes have been designed by our expert team with the children in mind at all times.  Limerick camps in Abbeyfeale, Doon, Hospital, Limerick City, Newcastlewest, Rathkeale. Let's Go camps in Munster.

Learn-It Lego Education Summer Camps

Learn It Lego Education Summer Camps cover a variety of different themes such as Robotics, Mechanics Engineering, Construction, Science, Creativity. Camps are taking place in Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Meath and Waterford, with more venues to come. They have 3 different camps: Junior Engineers camps suitable for 6-7yrs, Machines & Mechanisms Camps suitable for 8-12yrs and Mindstorms camps suitable for 11+.

Whizzkids Summer Camps

Whizzkids Summer Camps are high-tech camps that cover web-design, video game programming, animation and a host of hi-tech challenges in their "Spy Academy". Designed for children of all abilities, this camp mixes indoor and outdoor action, with sports, code breaking & CSI also added into a fun & varied day. With half-day, full day and residential camps on offer, there is something for everyone aged 8-17. Taking place at UL.

You'll find many more camps on our Camp Listings!

Tips for Summer Camps

Mykidstime is run by parents round the country and we have also compiled our Top 10 Tips for Summer Camps, based on our experience! Things like checking whether they need a drink or snack with them or what the procedure is at pick up time. Each camp provider should have a child protection policy in place. Ask other parents for opinions on camps if it's your child's first summer camp year.

If you know of a local camp that we don't have listed, drop us an email or comment below and we'll happily add to the listings for other parents! If you are a camp provider and we haven't listed your summer camp, be sure to list your camp with us

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June 21, 2011 |
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