Apply to Volunteer with us!

Thank you your interest in volunteering. Volunteers are at the heart and soul of Barretstown. You play a leading role in providing the magical transformative experience we give our campers and their families. We could not do it without you.

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Volunteers at Barretstown are know as Caras , the Irish word for friend. As a Cara, you have a key role in supporting and encouraging each child to take part in all aspects of camp, while making sure they’re safe and supervised at all times. And most importantly you’ll help them have fun!

Camp Calendar - Spring 2023

Camp Date Details
Spring 1 Jan 20th – 22nd Family Camp
Spring 2 Jan 26th – 29th Bereavement Camp (1)
Spring 3 Feb 3rd – 5th Family Camp
Spring 4 Feb 10th – 12th Family Camp
Spring 5 Feb 17th – 19th Family Camp
Spring 6 Feb 24th – 26th Family Camp
Spring 7 Mar 3rd – 5th Family Camp
Spring 8 Mar 10th – 12th Retreat Family Camp
Spring 9 Mar 17th – 19th Family Camp (Oncology)
Spring 10 Mar 24th – 26th Bereavement Camp (3)
Spring 11 Apr 3rd – 6th Brothers & Sisters Camp
Charity Partner Apr 13th – 16th Charity Partner Camp
Spring 12 Apr 21st – 23rd Family Camp
Spring 13 Apr 28th – 30th Family Camp
Spring 14 May 5th – 7th Family Camp
Charity Partner May 12th – 14th Charity Partner Camp
Spring 15 May 19th – 21st Family Camp

Camp Calendar - Summer 2023

Summer Family Camp June 9th-11th Family Camp
Summer 1 June 16th – 22nd Teen Camp (13-17 years)
Summer 2 June 27th – July 3rd Teen Camp (13-17 years)
Summer 3 July 9th-15th Sibling Camp (7-17 years)
Summer 4 July 21st-27th Children Camp (7-13 years)
Summer 5 Aug 1st-7th Children Camp (7-13 years)
Summer 6 Aug 12th-18th Children/Teen Camp (7-17 years)
Summer Family Camp Aug 24th-27th Family Camp
YA Programme Aug 25th-27th Young Adult Programme

SUMMER CAMPS ONLY – All volunteers (except chaperones) are required to arrive at Barretstown for 9am the day previous to the first day of camp for training. Chaperone arrival day is the same day as camper arrival. International volunteers/ interpreters will be picked up the night before training at 9pm at the airport.


For example, Summer 1 camp (June 16th-22nd), international volunteers/interpreters will be collected from Dublin Airport at 9pm on 14th June. All other volunteers will be required for training on June 15th at 9am, and volunteer chaperones will arrive on June 16th along with the campers they are travelling with.

We are currently seeking volunteers for our Spring Camps, which run from Friday to Sunday each weekend.
All camp dates and requirements are listed on the application form.

Prerequisites to volunteering at camp
- 19 Years or over
- Complete an Interview
- Complete Garda Vetting
- Complete Reference Checking



As a new volunteer, you will be well supported at camp and undertake our training programme. In advance of volunteering at camp, volunteers must undertake one of the virtual training sessions below and they will also receive additional training on arrival at camp. Dates for training to be confirmed.

Apply Now! Application Form