The summer camps are specially designed programmes where children with a serious illness can attend, have some fun and meet other children from all over Europe. Parents do not participate in the summer camps.
Our summer camps take place from June to August, and are split into two age groups 7-13 and 11-15. Parents do not attend summer camps, children come to camp on their own and stay in our cosy cottages with other children their own age.
During the summer camps, we welcome campers from a number of European countries including Spain, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Greece, Italy and the UK. This offers a really exciting international dimension to summer camps.
Campers take part in our range of activities and programmes and are guaranteed some serious fun.
For campers travelling from within Ireland, we have pick up points at central locations in Dublin. For those arriving by car, arrival time is from 10:30am to 12noon and departure time is 10am on your last day. International campers will be collected from the airport and can arrive to camp throughout the day.
Check out our typical day at camp overview below and images galleries to get a feel for camp!
At Barretstown, we aim to welcome every child to camp. However, due to the current limitations of our site, that is not always possible. The final decision rests with Barretstown.
See camp in action
Watch the below video to see what Barretstown is all about.
Barretstown’s unique programmes – using Therapeutic Recreation – are much more than holidays.
They are based on four main building blocks, with the emphasis always, always on FUN – Challenge, Success, Reflection and Discovery.
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