Research and evaluation has shown that Barretstown has helped to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness, and their families, through our life changing Therapeutic Recreation programme in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

Barretstown Program Impact Research

Barretstown will look after the physical and emotional well-being of an ill child by creating a carefree and safe, medically supported environment where they can make new friends, share experiences – and continue their treatment if they need to.

The Barretstown programme is endorsed by leading medical professionals and has become internationally recognised as having a profound and positive impact on the lives of children with serious illness.

An on-going study by the Yale School of Medicine that began in 2010 has included interviews of hundreds of campers and their parents. Results to date provide scientific support to what we’ve seen for years – that our camps do more than just give kids a great week, they have a lasting impact. Our camps encourage and enable children to reach beyond the barriers of their illness to make important connections that foster resilience and support their growth.

Some of the key take a ways from the study are as follows:

Yale School of Medicine Study 2014-15

  • 79% reported an increase in their child’s confidence
  • 77% reported an increase in self-esteem
  • 75% reported an increase in maturity
  • 75% reported an increase in independence
  • 66% reported an increase in their child’s interest in social activities after camp
  • 64% reported an increased sense of belonging
  • 80% reported an increase in openness to new things

Research News

“As patients are diagnosed their belief in life, world, self and mortality takes a knock and self-belief is a vital component of the treatment and recovery process. Barretstown empowers these children to regain confidence and restore some normality in their lives.”- Dr. Michael Capra, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin


Research into Barretstown and the profound effect that it has on people’s lives can be seen in the below attachments. If you have any queries in relation to research in Barretstown please contact us at the following email address