Camp Abilities Ireland
April 15, 2019 - April 19, 2019
A loss of sight, never a loss of vision
Camp Abilities is a residential, sport and physical activity camp for children with vision impairments.
At Camp Abilities Ireland, we give children the opportunity to try new sports and activities they might not have had the chance to do in the past. By giving the children the chance to try new activities, not only could they find something they really enjoy, but their self-esteem can increase, often giving them the confidence to advocate for themselves in their own community. Since our first Camp Abilities camp in Ireland, campers have taken part in rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, soccer, goal ball, judo, swimming, horse riding… and many, many more!
Camp Abilities takes place every year during the first week in Easter in Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre in County Kerry. Click here to learn more about the Centre.
Since 2017 Camp Abilities Ireland is supported by Transitions Optical.
Get a taste of the camp
Who is Camp for?
Camp Abilities is for children with a vision impairment as their primary disability.
If you are between 10 and 14 years of age, you could be eligible to be a Camper.
If you are aged between 16 and 17 years and have previously been a camper, you could be eligible to be a Leader in Training.
If you are over 18, you too can apply to be a Volunteer.
Applications open soon to become a camper.
What is a Camper?
If you’re between 10 and 14 years of age and have a vision impairment as your primary disability, you can apply to come to Camp Abilities! We have kids applying from all over Ireland!
Why come to Camp?
At Camp, you will get the chance to try out lots of different sports and activities, make new friends, and have fun!
“Camp Abilities was a game changer for Aaron. He had never been away on his own before and was really nervous about going. On the drive down from Tallaght he was constantly complaining about a sore tummy and that he wasn’t well enough to stay for a week, etc., but within minutes of arriving in Camp he settled right in. Since being in the camp Aaron has got so much more independent and confident and isn’t afraid to try new things or experiences.” – Robbie Darcy
What to bring to Camp?
To help you get ready for Camp, here is a list of what you should pack.
Leader in Training (LIT)
Applications to become an LIT open soon.
Leader in Training (LIT)
If you are a previous camper, aged between 16 and 17 and have a vision impairment as your primary disability, you can apply to come to Camp Abilities as a Leader in Training!
Why come to Camp?
At Camp, you will get the chance to try out lots of different sports and activities, make new friends, and have fun! You will be leading and given responsibility for tasks and activities as well as being involved in assisting with the daily running and coordination of Camp.
Closing dates for Volunteer Applications Wednesday 12th of December 2018.
STAGE 1: The Roles of a Volunteer
Without volunteers, Camp Abilities would be not possible. We need your help to ensure a successful, action-packed week of activities with lots of fun and laughter. Our volunteers are an integral part of making camp happen!
- Everyone who works directly with the campers in Camp Abilities is referred to as a CARA. One of the most important aspects of your role as a CARA is to support and encourage each camper to participate in all aspects of the camp activities and in doing so maximise the benefit they gain from the camp. This can include anything from waking the campers up in the morning, helping them overcome fears, trying new sports, grow in confidence, make new friends and everything in-between.
- You will work as part of a Volunteer team to ensure the safety and welfare of the campers, and above all, make their experience a FUN one. It is important that this relationship is built on trust, empathy, respect and acceptance. A CARA can have a huge influence on a camper’s experience especially if it is their first time at camp, so please fulfil your role to the best of your ability!
- Other elements of a CARA’s role may involve assisting in the coordination of the everyday tasks associated with the running of camp as well as the set up and assistance in activities. CARAs really help the flow of camp, ensure everything is prepared and ready in advance.
- Everyone has a unique contribution to make to the camp.
- Everyone should work together to use each other’s talents and develop a partnership to ensure everyone gets the best out of the camp.
STAGE 2: Check the Requirements
- You must be at least 18 years or over.
- You need to have attended (or are scheduled to attend prior to Camp) a Child Awareness & Protection Course’ or ‘Child Protection in Sport Workshop’.
- You need to be available for the full length of the camp session and to attend the induction training session.
What training will you receive?
A bit nervous? Do not worry!
All selected volunteers will receive training prior to the camp and will be supported throughout the camp by the camp committee and support staff. Induction training is mandatory and usually takes place on the Sunday before Camp begins.
Stage 3: Follow the APPLICATION PROCESS
To apply to volunteer, please complete the following
1. Download the required Garda Vetting documents here to fill out and upload copies of the completed forms to your application.
* If applying from outside of Ireland, you will need to provide Police Clearance from your country.
Download Garda Vetting Documents Here
2. Complete online Application Form and upload to required documentation within.
Before Completing you will need to have:
- A friendly photo of you that we may show a camper and their family prior to attending camp (attach to this form)
- Details of 2 referees (please note referees may not be friends/family/relatives and must be external to Cara or Camp Abilities Staff)
- To upload: Completed Garda Vetting Letter of Identification and 2 forms of identity (photocopied and stamped for verification)
- To upload: Completed Vetting Application Form (E-Vetting Inviter Form NVB1)
*Download blank forms above.
- To upload: A copy of your certificate for ‘Child Awareness & Protection Course’ or ‘Child Protection in Sport Workshop’
* if you do not have this done now, you can proceed with the application but must have it completed before April 2019, prior to attending camp.
Please contact Gearóid for further information on where you can do this course in your local area.