There are a variety of summer camps on offer around Cork and further afield to help keep children entertained during the school holidays. We have put together a list of interesting summer camps that are set to take place. There is a great diversity of camp types on offer and there is something to suit every child’s interests. Each summer camp has a link included to the website for more detailed information.
Fota Wildlife Summer Camp is for children aged between 5-12 and is best suited for children with a keen interest in animals. Each day of this week long camp follows a different theme. Supervisors and demonstrators are undergraduate and qualified primary school teachers. A playful approach is used towards learning so to ensure that children enjoy themselves but also pick up valuable skills and knowledge over the course of the week. Activities range from arts and crafts to sports and environmental activities.
Location: Fota Island
Dates: Week 1; July 20-24, Week 2; August 10-14.
Price: €95 (10% Discount for park members or 3+ children in attendance), there is also a supervised train service from Kent Station for an additional €20.
Designer Minds Camps are for 7 -13 year olds and run from 10am-2pm daily. This summer camp follows the themes of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to help prepare children for the countries fastest growing industries in a fun and engaging way. Helping children to feel at ease with the above themes and particular focus is placed on design. It is an alternative to the drama, dance, and sports orientated summer camps already out there. Aimed at the budding scientist, techie or engineer who loves to design, build and experiment with technology. Designer Minds achieve this through the use of a wide variety of equipment in their lessons including; robots, magnets, tablets, lego, k’nex, electronics and more.
Location: Garryduff Sports Centre, Rochestown.
Dates: July 18-22
Cost: €120 for Junior and Senior Camps
GAA Cúl Camps are aimed at children aged 6-13 years of age with a strong basis on games that aim for skill acquisition and development. Enhancing friendships, getting children active and healthy, with opportunities to learn about teamwork. These camps have been operating nationally for the past number of years and have been very successful. Specific skills are coached with small practice games at the end of each day and a blitz at the end of the week. It is one of the more affordable summer camps that are in operation around Cork and each child gets free GAA gear with a backpack. All skill levels are catered for in hurling, football and camogie.
Dates: July 25-29
Cost: €55 with reduced prices for additional children taking part.
Compass Camps are for children aged between 6-12 years of age run from Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm. The group sizes are kept small to minimise waiting times for activities and for a better leader to child ratio. This summer camp is based in nature and involves team games, campfire cooking (drinks, toasted marshmallows, popcorn) scavenger hunts and a playground area. It is an interactive and immersive way for children to learn about nature through the use of games, with all of the activities based outside in the woods!
Location: Garryduff/Oldcourt, Cork
Dates: July 4-8 and August 8-12
Anyone4Science summer camp this year is focusing on themes of botany, food science, pulleys and levers, acid and base chemistry and plastics. This camp has a wide age bracket of 4-15 years of age with all experiments being age appropriate. Providing the best science, engineering and maths activities for children with a keen interest in science.
Location: Life Time Lab and CIT
Dates: July 11-15 and 18-22, 25-29 (CIT)
Cost: €150 with discounts for multiple bookings. (Early bird booking €135 before June 6)
Let’ Go offer two varying types of summer camps for children aged 7-13 with a sports camp and an iPad camp. The iPad camp is designed to suit children who love technology and a little bit of sport. During the day children will spend 70% of the day working with iPads and 30% participating in sporting activities. While on the iPads children will create music, movies, comic strips, multi-media slide shows, video documentaries, stunning presentations with animation and effects exploring rich multi-media activities. The sports portion also offers a different take by including KMX karting, zorb balling, human table football and a high energy assault course.
The multi-activity summer camp offers two programmes of activities, one for the 5-6 year olds and the second for the 7-13 year olds. With a wide variety of activities that can be viewed in full on their website.
Location: Ursuline Convent, Blackrock
Dates: August 8-12 for both camps.
Cost: €95 and €100 for iPad Camp reductions on offer for group booking.
Parks Tennis holds summer camps for children aged 6-17 years old and has been in operation since the early 1980’s. They offer daily classes are designed to ensure lots of active fun and tennis skills. They combine structured tennis sessions with fun and games. It is about building community spirit and encouraging children to participate in an active and fun sport to help stay healthy.
Location: Ursuline Convent, Blackrock
Dates: July 25-29 and August 2-5
Cost: The 5 day camp is €50 and the 4 day (August) camp is €40.
Konfident Kidz camps are suitable for children aged 4-13 and aim to build self-esteem and confidence through a variety of activities depending on participants age. Activities include; drama, games, art, dressing up, puppets, sing-a-long songs and rhymes for the youngest group. For children aged 7-9, the activities include; exploring improvisation, drama games, scripted plays, characterisation, prop making and stagecraft. This group will perform for parents on the final day. While the oldest group will be involved with devising a script or scenario, a soundtrack, and film a movie over the week. They will study improvisation, character development, devising theatre and acting for the camera. All the activities are conducted in a non-competitive environment.
Dates: July 4-8
Cost: 3 Day Camp €65, 5 Day Camp €85 with discounts on group bookings.
Some other summer camps outside of Cork that look really exciting and innovative!
Inspireland caters for 8-16 year olds and it sets out to nurture participants creative side. Children learn about creativity through a variety of mediums including; the art of storytelling through poetry, puppetry, illustration, drama, and art craft bookmaking. Participants can choose between morning and evening sessions. Each of the five days focuses on a different creative skill set. This one is definitely for your little artist!
Location: Limerick School of Art & Design
Dates: Runs on a weekly basis throughout July from the 4-29.
Camp Rockwell is one of the most popular summer camps in the country every year and has activities for children aged 5-15. The summer camp has the use of the schools full facilities including; 24 acre lake, 25m indoor swimming pool, rugby, soccer pitches, basketball courts, all-weather pitches, tennis courts, gyms, golf course and a forest. They are sure to have something for every child! A hot lunch is also provided and a variety of activities take place at the above mentioned facilities that are age appropriate. The day of activities lasts from 9.30am to 5pm and there is also transporation available (at an additional cost).
Location: Rockwell College, County Tipperary.
Dates: the first and last week are already fully booked. Week 2 takes place between July 18th – 22nd.
Get West Kayak Summer Camp aimed at paddlers between the ages of 8-16 the small group sizes allow for the operators to cater to all levels. The camp runs over the course of five days and aims to get children active and learn a new skill. All the equipment is provided, including the safety equipment. The organisers also offer a variety of other activities throughout the year.
Location: University of Limerick
Dates: Start in mid-June and run throughout the summer.
There is something on the list that caters for all interests and budgets to help keep children active, engaged and busy during the summer. The locations of summer camps in cork are closest to the credit union, so if they are fully booked there may be spaces at another location.