Camper Leadership Programme

The Camper Leadership Programme (CLP) is a leadership programme for previous campers. It’s designed to teach the group life skills that can be used outside of camp and help rebuild confidence and encourage peer support.

What is this Camper Leadership Programme that everyone is talking about?

At Barretstown we offer previous campers the opportunity to return and take part in the Camper Leadership Programme (C.L.P.). The programme runs over two sessions. Summer 2 and kids camp in autumn. The main focus of the programme is to teach life skills that can be used outside of camp in whatever avenue they decide to go down. Although some of the time will be spent focusing on the skills needed to work at camp it is not the primary purpose of the programme.

The Camper Leadership Programme will work on developing trust, active listening, teamwork, communication and problem solving among other skills all within a setting that encourages teamwork. The process by which we develop these skills in campers is through experiential learning. The C.L.P’s will take part in tasks and initiatives which will require working both together and independently. Through taking part in these tasks and reflecting on them afterwards they will learn more about each other and themselves. They will observe how teams work together and how their input and attitudes can affect the outcome of a specific task.

Fun is the central element to everything we do at camp regardless of the camper’s age. Activities and challenges which are set for the campers are adapted to suit the age of the group. Making the challenges fun is an integral part of therapeutic recreation. Fun entices participants to attempt more and to continually challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment. C.L.P’s will also get the chance to take part in some camp activities such as helping caras out in a cottage and helping out with entertainments.

Can I go?

Can I go?

• A previous Barretstown camper
• Between the age of 15-17 years old during the programme dates outlined on the Barretstown camp calender (on line)
• Ready and eager to participate in the programme
• Applicants must obtain two written references as part of the application process.(These can be from a teacher, coach, former employer etc. but not from a
family member or friend)

All your questions answered!

All your questions answered!

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I’m interested. What do I do now?

Contact michelle.moroney@barretstown.org for a link to the application. Simple fill in the Camper Leadership Application form online, press submit and you will be contacted after the closing date.

The following information must also be given in advance of the programme commencing:

You must complete the following forms;
• A Camper Leadership Programme application form
• A Camper Leadership Medical form
• A Camper Leadership Transport form

Mail your completed application, medical form and transport form to;
C.L.P. Programme,
Ballymore Eustace,

Once your application has been received, a Barretstown staff member will be in contact with you to schedule an interview.

Please note:
• The goal of this programme is not to create future staff members but to create future leaders
• Please note places are limited
• Campers must be between the age of 15-17

Contact Michelle