Camp Abilities Ireland 2016

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1423751086688{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”“A loss of Sight never a loss of Vision”” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:center|color:%2334495e|line_height:36px” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1459434682357{margin-bottom: 22px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”CampAbilities 2016
” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%2334495e|line_height:36px” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1459434608815{margin-bottom: 12px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”21st – 25th March
” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%2334495e|line_height:36px” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1459434599252{margin-bottom: 12px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Cappanalea Outdoor Centre, Kerry” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%2334495e|line_height:36px” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1459434666022{margin-bottom: 40px !important;}”][vc_column_text]”Camp is better than Christmas”, “CampAbilities has been a life changing experience”, “I didn’t make friends, I gained family”. These are just some of the inspirational words used by our campers and volunteers to describe their experiences at the fun-filled CampAbilities 2016.

The camp has run every Easter since 2010 and the demand is growing every year. Children aged 10-14 years from all over Ireland come to camp to experience a huge variety of sporting activities. Previous campers also have the opportunity to return when they are aged 16-17 to participate in a Leader in Training Programme where they develop leadership skills through an educational learning experience which allows them become volunteers in the future. Now in its seventh year, many previous campers over the age of 18 have returned to help in the running of camp. This year we had two previous campers return and they did an amazing job as volunteers.

Camp is better than Christmas!

Camp was set up with two main aims. The first is to introduce children to sport and physical activity. This allows them to gain different experiences that may support them in choosing a sport or physical activity they would like to pursue in their own communities within the future. This year campers and Leaders in Training had a wide variety of activities to choose from. These activities included canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, archery, athletics, beep baseball, orienteering, cycling, obstacle courses, swimming, soccer, horse riding and goal ball….The list is endless. In between all this activity the campers also participated in a number of different evening programmes ran by our incredible volunteers. These included a murder mystery, a campfire, a league of their own theme night and a camper/volunteer crazy challenge. The fun and excitement during CampAbilities 2016 knew no bounds.

The second aim of the camp is to educate volunteers on ways to adapt their instruction to include people with vision impairments in all of the above activities. The other important aspect of camp which has emerged is the importance of peer support. Children and their parents have found great support from each other in the challenges they face in a world that is set up to cater for people with full sight.

An exciting aspect that was introduced to the 2016 CampAbilities was an exchange programme with CampAbilities Utah. Two of their Leader in Training participants along with three of their volunteers attended this year’s camp and in July CampAbilities Ireland gets the opportunity to experience the same in Salt Lake City.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]