Schull & Fitbones offer unique outdoor adventure summer camps that bring children to hidden parts of West Cork, around Schull and Ballydehob on the Mizen peninsula – exploring tunnels on a mountainside with a torch; a short ferry ride to a hidden island cove for a BBQ and dipping ones feet in the Atlantic waters; flying kites by an ancient castle; finding the elusive checkpoint in the jungle marsh; then washing off the mud in a stream before Mum or Dad see it!; a sweet hunt in an old apple orchard; rope walk overlooking the valley and Schull harbour; orienteering across an old viaduct and trying to balance on the slackline!
Join us and experience the fun, excitement and true adventure on any of our summer camps in July and August.
Mt Gabriel hike and the tunnels
This is no ordinary hike! After the minibus drop off we hike to the top of Mt Gabriel, the highest peak on the Mizen peninsula overlooking Schull. We mix cross country hiking with recovery breaks on the road, which works well for smaller or tired kids. At the top – are they golf balls, are they soccer balls – hike with us to find out! Can you see where you live from the summit?
On the descent we explore pipes and the tunnels. Experience pure darkness. Wow – bring a torch!
The fabulous orienteering map of the community ground at Ballydehob* is the perfect resource for introducing orienteering to children of all ages. We run all kinds of orienteering activities and games to suit everyone. Learn how to read a map and use a compass. And with an ex-international orienteer in your midst who better to show you.
*Ballydehob is the perfect spot for tennis, basketball, Boxercise, dodge ball, parachute games, and a wonderful hall for those rare wet days (believe it or not we only use the hall once or twice each summer)!
Long Island by ferry!
After a short ferry ride we walk past the old school house before taking the small track to Cuas an Mhuillin, a small sheltered inlet with a stony beach. Dip your toes in the cool Atlantic ocean (bring swimming togs and towel). Bring some sausages / burgers / tomato ketchup or what ever takes your fancy for the beach BBQ. And marshmallows on the BBQ are a favourite way top end our day. A natural spring on the island gives us the best tasting water in the region.
Blackberry picking for the later August campers.
Find the checkpoints and complete the challenges.
– Can you fill the pipe with water – there is a catch – it has holes!
– Find the sweets amidst the ruin and the apple orchard.
– Feel your way blindfolded through the trees.
– Balance on the rope walk – it may look easy…..
– Ah – the infamous ‘Jungle Marsh’. Dare you go for that final welly-sucking challenge! Luckily the river washes all the muck away at the end before the mums and dads arrive!
Find the perfect trees or posts and we can spend hours trying (and failing) to balance and walk unaided on the slackline. Check out our slackline youtube video for what can be done.
Hike / Kite / Parachute.
Hike to the ancient castle and test your kite flying skills; rockpooling at the small pier by the castle when the tide is out; play cat and mouse with the parachute.