Families and Campers

Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care.

What happens at Barretstown?

At Barretstown we 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.

Our camps and programmes have a profound effect and lasting impact on our campers and their families. After participating, children go home with increased confidence, self-esteem and more importantly the reassurance that happiness is not just for healthy children.

What does Barretstown offer?

Our range of camps are offered to all family members living with a serious illness to include Family Camps and Brothers and Sisters Camp. Our summer camps are tailormade to different age groups including Summer Children’s Camp (7-14) and Summer Teen Camp (13-17). Our Bereavement Camp takes place over two weekends in Spring and Autumn and our Haemophilia Camp runs at the end of October.

Which illness groups do we serve?

- Childhood cancer
- Haematology related disease
- Immunodeficiency related disease
(Ireland only)
- Nephrology
- Rheumatology
- Dermatology
- Gastroenterology
- Neurology
- Endocrinology


Barretstown camp serves children with serious medical conditions. The camp setting and the close living quarters can be conducive to the spread of disease. Some campers may not be able to be fully immunised because of their underlying disease process and these children will not be excluded from the camp programme. However, if a parent/guardian decided not to vaccinate their child due to their beliefs (for their own reasons) these children will not be permitted to attend camp.

What camps do we offer?

Our Camps

Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness. Have a look and find the best one for you!

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All you need to know

For Parents

Barretstown provides weekend breaks for families, in spring and autumn, where all day-to-day needs are met, so you can concentrate on relaxing, having fun and spending time together. Here is all you need to know about our therapeutic programmes.

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For Teens

Our camps for teenagers take place during the summer months and are a time to forget about hospital, relax and have fun.

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For International Campers

If you are resident outside of Ireland and the UK please contact our representative in your country for details on how to apply. Look up our list of contacts in the countries we serve.

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Barretstown has no boundaries!

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Outreach Programmes

By offering unique, creative and developmentally appropriate activities and interactions, we help to restore joy and laughter to children in hospitals and schools.

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Take a Tour

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Take a Tour

Where is your favourite place in Barretstown? Our new tour is launching soon. We can't wait to show you around,

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