Teenagers from Tullamore have fun in summer camp
St Mary’s Youth Centre in Tullamore, Co. Offaly offer diverse activities to young people from the area throughout the year, including summer camps during school holidays.
In June 2014, the Centre organised a five-day summer camp during which teenagers (13-18-years-old) took part in different activities under the supervision of youth leaders: youth workers from the Centre as well as local and European volunteers.
On the first day the teenagers enjoyed playing games in the Centre that some of you may know from the TV programme “The Cube”. There were nine challenges that all youngsters had to take. Being patient and focused were the most important skills to succeed in the game.
On the second day, it was off to the Grand Canal to practice kayaking and zorbing. In spite of the bad weather everyone spent around three hours in the water practising both activities. They had a great time and some of the leaders felt like kids again!
On the third day, there was a trip to the southeast coast. All participants travelled by bus together to Tramore, Co. Waterford, a popular spot with a great beach. Once again although the weather wasn’t great, most people took the opportunity to have a swim. Those who didn’t want to join them went to the Tramore Amusements and Leisure Park where they played games and enjoyed scary rides!
The last activity of the camp started in the afternoon of the fourth day and finished on the morning of the fifth: leaders and young people went to Charleville Castle, a Gothic-style castle world reknowned as the most haunted castle in Europe and very popular in the region as it hosts Castlepalooza, an Arts and Music Festival, each summer over the August Bank Holiday weekend. All participants enjoyed the barbecue and played some games and then went on a guided visit of the Castle at midnight!
Next morning everyone was sad to say goodbye to each other but hoping to repeat the same experience next year.
Written by Silvia Corral