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Ballyhegan Summer Camp 2013

posted 11 Aug 2013, 12:10 by Shaun-Marty Lawless
This was the first summer camp that was organised and run completely by the volunteering youth leaders led by Catherine McCormick and assisted by Cristy Cullen, Helen McKeever, Michael Hamill junior, Shane Morgan, Finbarr Hamill, Niamh McCann, Shauna Wilson, Shane Fearon-, Ciara McKeever, Connor McGlinchy, James McKeever and Niall Crummie. Run in the first week of July 100+ kids attended this event over the five days - a fantastic number for a rural club.
Monday's icebreakers were followed by all day outdoor activities in glorious sunshine and arts and crafts activities in the clubroom.
Tuesday's persistent rain meant that all the activities had to be held indoors until distraught leaders in the afternoon played "water polo" on the field to ease weary minds and youthful exuberance.
Wednesday saw the annual trip to Loughgall Country Park that was arranged with park manager Brian Tedford. The summer scheme management offer their thanks to him and his staff for their assistance and co-operation in what was an extremely enjoyable day for all involved.

Ronan McWilliams, the Ulster development coach for hurling, took the Thursday's events and this was a wonderful success. The sports day that was cancelled on Tuesday due to weather conditions was run in conjunction to this on the football field.
Friday's activities were a home based fun day, this was an alternative activity to the Lisburn pool and Omniplex visit. The morning events included "Art on the move"; "Reach NI" and "Play NI" organised by Catherine McCormick and assisted by Helen McKeever, Shauna Wilson and Niamh McCann. In the afternoon activities included sponge throwing game run by Finbarr Hamill and Shane Morgan, an Obstacle course run by Cristy Cullen, Football tennis taken by Michael Hamill, water fights taken by Connor McGlinchy and Niall Crummie, Smoothy making demonstration from Catherine McCormick, an ice cream van from William and Leonard Maguire and finally a visit from The Rare Breeds Farm was organised by Shane Fearon.
The weeks events will be reviewed by the organising committee in the coming weeks. The committee will welcome any recommendations for improvement in their attempts to maintain and raise the standards, if possible, in future camps.
This was a most enjoyable and successful programme - augmenting and extending the very successful underage training/activity programme in the club on Wednesday evenings and the after schools activity programme run in the local parish primary school Saint Oliver Plunketts primary school by Principal Jimmy McKee and assisted by the school club coach Plunkett McCormick. Our thanks go to Brendan Oliver Fruits and Patrick McCann "Simply Fruit Limited" who subsided/donated the fruit at these events.
Our thanks to everyone involved in the above, which contributed enormously to the ongoing success of the scheme.