Weekend Adventure 2018 Dates
Glebe NS, St Saviours, Nuns Cross, Asford: 19th – 21st January
Carysfort National School: 26th – 28th January
Greenlanes NS and Howth NS (5th & 6th class): 16th – 18th February
Taney National School: 23rd – 25th February
Greenlanes NS and Howth NS (3rd & 4th class): 2nd – 4th March
Springdale NS and Burrows NS Rutlands and Central Model: 25th – 27th May
Primrose Hill NS, Castleknock NS, St Davids NS & Athy Model NS: 8th – 10th June
Weekend Adventures are activity based residential camps for primary school aged children, run annually between January and June. We offer the weekend to children in the same primary school so they have an opportunity to have a weekend away with their class mates, children from other years and sometimes other schools too. All of our Weekend Adventures are based in our activity centre, Ovoca Manor.
During the weekend children will be able to enjoy some of our instructed activities, go on our tube slide, learn orienteering, play games, learn some crafts and sing songs amongst a variety of other things. We also will have meetings during the weekend where we look at some Bible stories, learn a memory verse and pray together.
This year our theme is ‘Stories Jesus Told’ and we are hearing some of the parables, or stories, that Jesus and that are recorded in the Bible, and seeing how these can apply to us today. There will be time for your child to ask questions and join in too. All of our Weekend Adventures have their own personal flavour to them so please ask your leader contact for any specifics. A typical weekend is laid out below;
Typical Weekend Adventure Schedule
7pm Arrival & Registration
7.30pm Ice-breaker games
8pm Welcome and first meeting
9pm Evening activity & Supper
9am Morning Meeting
10.30am Crafts, Sports and Games
2.30 – 4.30pm Afternoon Activities (Climbing wall, abseiling, archery, tube slide, low ropes course, orienteering)
5.30 pm Dinner
7pm Evening Meeting
8.30pm Evening activity (Quiz, Talent Show etc)
9.30pm Bonfire & Supper
9am Pack bags and room tidy
10am Morning meeting
11am Snack and slideshow
12noon Pick-up time for parents
*Please note, this is an example weekend only. The schedule will vary for each Weekend Adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I sleep?
Children will sleep in single sex dorm style rooms. Bedding is provided, children just need to bring a towel. A child may request to share a room with a friend which we will do our best to accommodate. This is available on the booking form. Leaders rooms will be clearly marked on each corridor should a child need to find a leader during the night.
Can I bring a phone/handheld games console?
We discourage bringing anything that is valuable and may be broken or lost. Phones are not permitted in dorms so if you need to bring a phone we will check it in a registration and it will be given out a free time so you can text or call home. Parents/Guardians will have an emergency contact number for the main camp leader and children can request to use a leaders phone if they wish to call home.
Do I have to do the activities?
We don’t force anyone to do anything, but we hope that you would like to be able to have a go. All of our instructors are fully qualified.
Do I need money?
No, the cost of camp is all inclusive. We do provide a tuck shop which will be open at a variety of times. We suggest that you bring no more than €10 if so and this also can be checked in at registration and handed out at tuck-shop time.
Can I bring snacks?
Food is not permitted in rooms and we reserve the right to confiscate it. We ask that parents be sensible in what sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks they give their children. The last thing we want if for a child to be sick and have to go home early. Please note that all food and snacks are included in the cost so it is not necessary to bring anything. Please be aware that there may be people on camp with food allergies (especially nuts).
What should I bring?
Before camp you will receive a travel letter from the main leader stating what you should bring so please refer to that for specifics. This also will have arrival and departure times (as they may vary for each camp). However, some essential items are:
- Change of clothes
- Coat (children will be outside)
- Spare/old shoes
- Bible (if you don’t have one we have spares)
- Consent form & payment (if you haven’t submitted it to the leader already)