The summer can start off fun and exciting for any teenager free of school, but as the weeks wear on both the teenager and the parents can become restless and frustrated as the list of productive activities dwindles. Allowing a teenager to attend a summer camp is a great way to break up the summer months and it gives him or her something energetic and enjoyable to do for a few days or weeks; it also encourages the making of new friends and the learning of new experiences. Ireland has a number of summer camps on offer, specializing in everything from outdoor adventure to science recreation.
Kilfinane Teen Adventure Weeks
Kilfinane in Co. Limerick offers Teen Adventure Weeks for teenagers aged 14-17. Activities available include biking, kayaking and rock-climbing. The tuition includes accommodation and 24-hour supervision.
Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre Kilfinane Co. Limerick Ireland 00 353 (0)63 91161/91059 www.kilfinaneoec.com
Adventure Ireland in Donegal is a three-week summer camp in July for teenagers ages 12 to 18. Its focus is on cultural awareness for the non-Irish citizen and the camp offers cultural studies, history, language, music, arts and outdoor adventure. A visitor can also travel around Ireland with the camp to meet Irish teenagers and experience what life is like in the country. Adventure Ireland also runs a second three-week camp in August for teenagers interested in outdoor recreation, with subjects such as surfing and climbing.
Adventure Ireland Programs Donegal Adventure Centre Bundoran Donegal Ireland 00 353 7198 42418 www.adventure-Ireland.com/
Killary Summer Camp
Killary Adventure Company runs a camp for teenagers from June through August. Teenagers wishing to experience laser combat, zip wire fun, sailing and other outdoor activities can attend Killary Summer Camps for five days and nights of fully-supervised fun.
Killary Adventure Company Leenane Co. Galway Ireland 00 353 (0) 95 43411 www.killaryadventure.com
WhizzKids offers a residential summer camp for teenagers ages 13 to 17. It operates out of the best Irish universities and teenagers have access to first-class facilities. In a WhizzKids residential summer camp, teenagers learn Web design and movie-making, as well as enjoy activities such as Spy Academy, sports and code-breaking. The residential summer camps run for six days for Irish teenagers and ten days for visitors from abroad.
2 Old Schoolhouse Rd., Castletroy, Co. Limerick Ireland 00353 (0)61 339178 www.whizzkids.ie
Art on the Farm
Art on the Farm in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford is a three-week summer course for teenagers ages 15 to 18. It teaches all types of art in a peaceful and nurturing environment, and also offers students the chance to create portfolio pieces for college applications. In addition to artistic activities, Art on the Farm also has chess, hiking, water sports and other adventures.
Ballybawn Rathnure Enniscorthy Co Wexford Ireland 00353 53 916 9567 www.cowhousestudios.com