Usually, Ógras run Irish-language day camps all over the country in July every year, but of course this year we had to get creative to make sure that our services are still available for you, and we are delighted to say that we were able to adapt our, usual extremely popular Summer Camp schedule to suit an online format!
Ógras's Online Summer Camps 2020 are over, but keep an eye on our social media (links above) or sign up to our Newsletter here!
Camps this year are at a reduced rate of €10 per young person, and every camp runs for 1.5 hours daily, from Monday to Friday for their alotted week, 10am to 11.30am (excluding week 4 - see note below). The age group for camps this year is 8-14 years.
We will be aiming for 8-10 young people in each camp session with a maximum of 12. This limit is to facilitate the opportunity for the young people to learn and have fun, and of course to ensure things are manageable for the camp teachers, facilitators and leaders with a focus on quality over quantity.
Camp vision and objectives
Vision: To give children and young people a fun experience that will foster a positive attitude towards learning the Irish language by providing an online service with a qualified team, who have experience in youth work and in teaching Irish.
Provide a safe space to young people to practice Irish language activities during the Summer
To give young people the opportunity to learn and practice the Irish language, and to develop their confidence in their spoken Irish
Provide experience in a wide range of fun and encouraging activities, through Irish
To provide young people with an opportunity to have fun and craic with other young people
Some examples of activities we will be doing at the camps this year are:
Irish language 'Ciorcal Comhrá' (Conversation Circle)
Arts & Crafts
... and more!
As well as all this, the young people will participate in Campa+, where they will work independently on a project on a different theme every day, after camp hours.
Please click here for more information about our camps including objectives, activities, what to bring, camp ethos etc.
Our Summer Camps go very well and the young people who attend enjoy themselves immensely, so we are delighted that that we don't have to disappoint our regulars and new members looking for fun activities through Irish this Summer, even during the lockdown. The camps present young people with the opportunity to use the Irish they have in a playful and enjoyable environment, while picking up new words and phrases as they go.
The camps build the young people’s self-confidence and use of the language - they gain personal, social and creative skills, relationship building skills, and a general understanding of society and community through fun, active participation in a safe environment. We are proud to always receive excellent feedback from the young people who attend our camps - and their parents! - year on year.
We are of course here to answer any questions you might have too, so if you need any extra info you may email us here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We are very grateful to Foras na Gaeilge and to the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs for supporting the camps through funding.