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Review of VHI Cúlcamps GAA summer camp

Posted on | August 20, 2007 | No Comments

VHI Cúlcamps GAA summer camp

Slightly disorganised but enjoyable hurling and football summer camp for 7 to 13 year olds.

This was the second summer camp our 8 year old son did recently. It ran from 10am till 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

He enjoyed the week despite a days rain where outdoor activities were suspended and all kids just stayed indoors in the GAA hall and watched a GAA training recording, which didn’t sound too exciting and did restricted training. As approximately 70 children were particpating in the local camp, it definitely wasn’t suited to being held indoors. Perhaps more forethought should have been given to what to do as an alternative to outdoor training given the dreadful weather we’ve had this summer.

On the days where they were outdoors they did a variety of hurling and football training and matches. This was fun and he arrived home tired but happy with the day. The camp cost €55. This, unlike the FAI camp, was not paid in advance, but on the day, which lead to a confused and rushed start, as parents queued up to pay, having enroled by post months earlier. The cost of the camp included a jersey, shorts, socks and a knapsack. Unfortunately the knapsacks didn’t arrive at our local GAA club so we didn’t receive them.

UPDATE: The missing knapsack and water bottle were delivered to our home yesterday (30/08/07). Hurray and thanks. The knapsack is excellent and the 8 year old has already decided he wants to use it as his school bag this year. 

 There was great excitement on the Thursday as three local GAA heroes attended the camp and signed jerseys, hurleys and helmets. The boys and girls were chuffed.

Overall, this camp was good value for money and most importantly the kids enjoyed it. With a little more pre-organisation, I’m sure the small niggles mentioned above could have been avoided.

We look forward to next year’s one.

Rated 4/5 on Aug 20 2007 by ManicMammy

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