The KYW creates a weekly activity schedule and shares it with campers prior to arrival on camp. The schedule is our timetable of activities and keeps campers informed of what we are planning for the week. Each week has its own unique schedule and you can download last years by clicking on the images to your right.
The day time activities during the Knockadoon Youth Week give campers the opportunity to participate in some of the many competitions ran throughout the course of the week as well as provide a relaxed environment in which the campers can pick and choose which of the day time activities they want to partake in. Our leaders organise multiple different activities throughout the day time hours, none of which are compulsory so that campers can choose what they and their friends wish to do on a day-to-day basis.
As mentioned above the KYW organises a variety of competitions for campers to partake in for the chance to win awards for the camp’s award ceremony which takes place on the last night of camp. Due to the diverse tastes and talents of the campers we have , the competitions can range from more physical and weather based activities such as football and tag rugby to more relaxed activities such as twister and crab fishing.
- Football, Tag Rugby and GAA – Our leaders will organise multiple group games of sports throughout the week depending on the demand from campers making use of the full sized sports field on camp.
- Basketball, Quidditch and Dodgeball – much like with the outdoor sports mentioned above, many of our daytime activities take place in the new sports hall on camp where much of our sporting equipment is stored to ensure that our leaders are adequately equipped to organise group sports and games.
- Darts, Pool, Table Tennis – Several of our most popular competitions throughout the week take place in our multi-purpose where the equipment for games such as Table Tennis resides, these activities give campers a viable alternative to more physically intense sports and provide a great way for campers to get to know each other and relax while on camp.
- Arts and Crafts, Pier-Jumping , Cycling and Crab-fishing – due to the camp’s location along the coast this has afforded us the opportunity to organise many great activities that similar camps cannot offer. The beautiful coastal view offer great cycling routes that our leaders and campers can both enjoy whilst the pier and coastline provide the ideal location for activities such as swimming, diving and crab-fishing. Likewise the camp has a great Arts & Crafts room dedicated exclusively to letting our campers express their creative flair.
- Twister, Jenga, Draughts etc. – Before heading down to camp, each of our leaders are assigned a competition to be responsible for organising. This provides a great ways to introduce campers to other campers they don’t know and allowing quieter kids to flourish in an environment in which they feel more comfortable. These games allow our campers to get greater one on one time with our leaders and with other campers to get to know each other and to build their friendships.
The evening activities present on the KYW tend to vary from year to year and even on week from week to week on camp as our inventive leaders come up with new activities and new ways of running old activities every single year. The best way to describe the night time activities in Knockadoon is that no two are the same, you can go from an intensive Zumba session straight into a murder mystery. One night the leaders could be presenting that week’s talent show and the next night could be spent embroiled in one of the infamous Knockadoon Court cases.
A lot of our evening activities draw inspiration from game shows, television shows and social media for example the camp favourite Don’t Forget the Lyrics originally drew inspiration from the Sky One television programme of the same name (although I think all of the campers would agree that our version is a lot more entertaining). Last year saw the introduction of our own Judge Judy spinoff in “KAD Kourt” whilst the Chase was exceptionally parodied in “The Ultimate Game Show”.
A lot of our evening activities make use of our state of the art sound system and the cutting edge presentation skills of our leaders. You will be hard pressed to find anyone more comfortable presenting the concept for a game on a microphone in front of a live studio audience that isn’t Noel Edmonds. From Lip Sync Battles to Leader Camper Football, The Hypnotist to KADchella, the night time activities is when the camp really comes to life and when a lot of the greatest memories of camp are made. I know I will never forget my first time up on the stage as a contestant in a dance off and I know a lot of other kids whose confidence levels have shot through the roof after receiving a standing round of applause following a talent show performance. We could write for days about our evening activities and how amazing they are but really to know we aren’t lying you need only ask any child who has ever experienced them, and they’ll probably let you know that we are actually underselling it.
One of the key aspects of the schedule on camp is the incorporation of a faith element in the form of Catechesis. Catechesis takes place every day on camp between 10am and lunch at 1pm. The Catechesis programme on camp attempts to introduce the campers to important Christian teachings and the way in which they help us to live our day to day lives. However rather than being simple lectures on the Christian faith they tend to focus more on how the teachings tie into our day to day lives, for example some of our workshops our on the pros and cons of using social media whilst others educate our campers on topical issues like sexual and mental health.
Another key feature of our Catechesis programme is the guest speakers that visit camp in order to give testimonies to our campers and educate them on how to better live their lives. Previous guest speakers include former Aston Villa footballer Michael Drennan talking about depression, the Papal Nuncio for Ireland talking about how young people can develop their faith, Christy May who helped to educate the campers on how their faith can help them to live a better life free from crime and temptation and Finbar Walsh, who is the father of Donal Walsh. Donal was an inspiring teenager who while battling with cancer helped promote safe mental health and anti-suicide awareness.
Other camp activities
Part of the camps weekly schedule includes a day trip where all of the camp’s leaders and campers leave camp for the day to visit a different location and experience activities that wouldn’t be possible on camp. Over the past number of years we have had several different day trip locations in order to enhance the kids experience of their time on camp.
Last year’s day trip began with a nature walk in a local “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” followed by a shopping trip to Youghal and a trip to Perks Entertainment Centre. The first half of the Day trip offers the kids chance to spend any of their pocket money that they haven’t spent on camp on purchasing whatever they wish from the array of shops available to visit in Youghal Town. Likewise the second half enables the kids the chance to openly explore the Amusement Centre and partake in whatever games they wish, ranging from Bowling to Laser Tag.
Similar to the day trip, each week’s schedule on camp has time set aside for the KYW Sports Day, in which all of the campers are split up into teams to participate in a competitive sports day environment for the chance to win awards and bunkhouse points (see night-time activities). However, the KYW sports day is extremely difficult to a standard school sports day as classic games like the egg and spoon race is replaced by more unique games such as Human Battleships.
At the KYW sports days our leaders do their best to design games which our campers won’t have partook in before. For example a maze like puzzle called the matrix encourages the campers to test their memory and problem solving skills to figure out the matrix whilst the hill slide gets our campers endorphins flowing as they attempt to conquer an uphill slide soaked in washing up liquid and water against the current.