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The Gates Are Open!

We're incredibly excited to welcome families back to Barretstown this Summer to experience the magic of camp!

It's time to Play Campers!

It's time to Play Campers!

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Barretstown is once again opening its gates and welcoming families back to experience the magic of camp!

On June 4th, we reopened our gates to begin welcoming families and volunteers back to our magical site in Co.Kildare, offering our therapeutic camps and programmes in person once again.

While camp might look a little different right now, we’re delighted to be able to offer the same magical experiences and memories we’ve provided for more than 70,000 campers since first opening in 1994.

Have a question about what the new reopening will look like? Take a look below.

Information for families

Interested in learning more about what camp will look like for returning families? Click below for more

Pre-camp Requirements and Information

  • Families will be asked to monitor and record daily temperature checks for each family member for 3 days before attending camp – daily reminders will be sent to families by text message.
  • Families will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire 24 hours before camp. This questionnaire will ask about recent activities, travel abroad, any recent illness/COVID-19 symptoms, etc.
  • Families will be sent the COVID-19 Protocols that are in place; social distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, temperature checking, use of PPE, and enhanced cleaning schedules. Families will also receive a full camp overview document.
  • Families will be encouraged to download the COVID Tracker App prior to attending camp if they have not already done so.

Will families be tested before camp?

  • COVID-19 testing (PCR testing) for each family member, will be carried out in their home 2 days before camp is due to take place. The results will be returned within 24 hours. The testing will be carried out by Precision Healthcare’s Paediatric Nurses.
  • Families will be asked to self-restrict until they arrive at camp, but children can still attend school.
  • The results will be returned the day before camp.
  • If a family fails the PCR test, they will be offered another camp place at a later time.

What time will families arrive to camp?

  • The arrival time for camp is between 16:00 and 18:00 on the Friday of camp. On arrival, the family will be welcomed by a staff member in the car park. The family will receive a care pack containing face masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, name tags, a list of overnight on-call numbers for the weekend.

Will families be tested when they arrive to camp?

  • On arrival to camp, a rapid antigen test is to be carried out for each family member. This will take place in your car. Unfortunately, if a family member fails the rapid antigen test, the family will be asked to leave site and will be offered another camp at a later time. The family will also be given a Barretstown Activity Pack on their departure.
  • If a family has travelled 3 hours or more to camp, they will be given the option to isolate overnight at camp but must leave first thing the following morning. Food and activity supplies will be dropped up to their cottage.

Will families have their own cottage?

  • Each family will be assigned their own cottage and will remain as a family unit for the duration of their camp.
  • We have developed enhanced cleaning guidelines to ensure all areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected.  Barretstown’s housekeeping staff will be on-site for the duration of camp.  All touchpoints e.g., light switches, door handles, etc will be sanitized throughout the day and all activity areas will be cleaned after each use.The cottage will be deep cleaned prior to the family’s arrival and a dated seal will be placed on the door, which the family will break when they enter the cottage.

Is there a medical check in when families arrive to camp?

  • Once you are settled into your cottage, the nurse on duty will visit your cottage to ask you a couple of questions.
  • The nurse will answer any questions the family have and confirm they understand all the protocols in place. Families will be asked to notify the nurse on duty if, over the course of the weekend, a family member develops COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Families will also be reminded to contact camp in the event a family member develops COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of attending camp.

Will the Dining Hall be open?

  • Unfortunately, the dining hall is not open to families at this time. All your meals will be delivered straight to your cottage by the camp team.
  • Each cottage also has tea/coffee-making facilities along with a fridge.

How will masks be used at camp?

  • Everyone in the family over the age of 13 years will be required to wear a mask unless you have a medical condition that deems this not possible.
  • Families are asked to wear a mask at all indoor activities and during the introduction phase of outdoor activities. Families do not need to wear them when they are with their family and away from staff and other families.
  • All staff / Volunteers will wear face coverings when with the families.

What activities will be available at camp?

  • Families will get to take part in some of the following: Arts & Crafts, Drama, Lego, Adventure Games, Mini-Golf, Canoeing, Fishing, Baking, and Movie-Making.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be running our climbing wall, high ropes or horse riding at this time.
  • Families will participate in activities as a family unit and will not be divided into age-appropriate groups.
  • We have developed enhanced cleaning guidelines to ensure all areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Will transport be provided to camp?

  • We will not be providing transport to or from camp at this time.

Will the Med Shed be open?

  • The Med Shed will be open with a nurse covering day and night shifts.

What screening is in place for the staff?

  • Staff have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. They will complete a weekly online questionnaire and will be tested on the arrival day of camp with a rapid antigen test.

Should families expect any calls from camp when they arrive home?

  • Families will be contacted by Precision Health 2 days after they leave to ask if any family member has symptoms/feels unwell.
  • Families will be asked to notify camp if anyone who attended camp develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days after they attend.
Get in Touch

Get in Touch

If you're interested in booking your families place at camp this summer, or would like to discuss any aspect of camp reopening, we would love to hear from you.

Email: Families@barretstown.org or contact us by calling (045) 864115 Monday to Friday.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon campers.

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