Knockadoon Camp Facilities

Knockadoon Camp has traditionally only provided a Youth Camp for the summer months. In the twelve weeks of the summer holidays a variety of groups use the camp, including SVP, Knockadoon Youth Weeks, Folk Liturgy Week and Coláiste Cúram.

Knockadoon Camp has a number of bunk houses which generally have two bunk beds in a room (with some having one bunk bed). Between the various houses it means that the total capacity of the camp is around 150 beds, which practically means up to 100 campers and then the rest for leaders and staff.

Beside the bump houses the camp has a Chapel, two multi-purpose Sport Halls and small meeting room and a Canteen, Kitchen with a Meeting Room attached.

Going forward we would also like to offer off-season opportunities to use Knockadoon Camp. While we cannot offer the same amount of beds off-season, we are currently in the process of upgrading our facilities to be able to provide more capacity outside of the summer months.

Possibilities are for the use of Knockadoon include:

  • Day school retreats
  • Overnight school retreats
  • Weekend retreats
  • Family days
  • Sport camps
  • Diving camps

If you are interested in using Knockadoon Camp, please contact us using the contact section on the website.

Updates and Upgrades

Knockadoon Camp was closed for nearly 3 years due to COVID and we are now working hard to develop the camp once more.

Please bear with us as we will update our website soon with more information. We are currently doing extended renovations of the camp in order to bring it up to a higher specification both for the Summer Camps as to prepare the camp for a more intensive use off-season.

Renovations and improvements include:

  • Upgraded heating systems
  • Installation of a 10kW solar array to help reduce electricity costs
  • Renovations of bathrooms
  • Renovation of the “Old Hall”

If you have any questions about Knockadoon Camp, please use the contact section on the website to get in contact with us.

Knockadoon Youth Week

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The purpose of the KYW is to provide a safe place where young people can come together to enjoy themselves and relax in the company of their peers. The KYW is part of Knockadoon camp which is situated near the small rural village of Ballymacoda in County Cork. The KYW offers young people a chance of a safe holiday away from their normal lives in which development as a human being and growth of ones Catholic faith is the central mission of the week.

It is hoped that the young people who travel to Knockadoon, through the participation in games, sport, music, dance, etc. will help gain a renewed and healthy view of themselves and other people. The Catholic community that is established between all participants on camp emphasise the importance for co-operation, compromise and the significance of every individual whoever they may be and wherever they may be from, along with the development of mutual respect, understanding and the Catholic spiritual tradition. Young people who have spent time in the camp over the years have come away with many happy memories of the joy, fun and friendship which they found on the camp. For so many people, members, staff and leaders who have been a part of the KYW it has been a life changing experience for them.

Who are we?

The KYW provides a place for young people to come together from various Counties in Ireland such as Dublin, Louth, Cork, Kildare, Down and Waterford where they can meet new friends, gain new interests and grow in confidence.

What do we do?

The KYW offer a huge range of fun activities and competitions such as football, dodgeball, table tennis, pool, darts, cycling, canoeing, swimming & diving and a sports day to name but a few. We also have a jam packed evening schedule which includes discos (“Project KAD”), talent shows (“KYWs Got Talent”), bunkhouse wars, cinema nights and the most recent and exciting addition to the KYW, bubble footballs.

Who runs the KYW?

The week itself is run exclusively by volunteer youth leaders. Many of them have been campers before and wish to give something back, some of whom use their holiday time to come down as a leader. On camp, the leaders organise the activities / competitions, ensure the schedule runs smoothly for the week and supervise the campers for the entire week. Off camp, the leaders plan the week, organise numerous fundraisers and attend essential training courses to maintain a high level of safety for the campers.

With over 250 young people attending each year over the three weeks, the KYW has approximately 60-70 youth leaders aged between 17-29 years old who take responsibility for the week. All of our leaders are Garda vetted and have undertaken child protection training with many of them having various courses behind them such as First Aid, SAFEtalk, Mentoring Programmes and Lifeguard training.

More information

For more information about the KYW, please see our website; http://www.knockadoonyouthweek.com

 

Blessing of the Knockadoon Oratory

Blessing of St. Peter’s Oratory and the dedication of its altar.
Knockadoon, Co. Cork. April 18th 2016.