This was our second encounter with warrior camp this year and I have not been let down with either. I grew up in the country side where being outdoors for the summer was just how it was. Our cousins were our best friends, we trailed rivers and fields of cut grass making cubby houses in bushes and feeding our dolls mud pie. We fought, we fell and we came home hungry and wet. And we survived. This was simple fun that unfortunately our children today don’t get to experience much of. Well, that was until we met the guys at Warrior Camp. And if there is one way to describe the experience is that it is SIMPLE FUN.
The guys spent one week from 10am until 3pm in Bellurgan the first week of July. They took a packed lunch, wore old clothes, one came home more filthy than the other and both came home exhausted and exhilarated all at once. They made new friends, they hung out, they built forts, they made bow and arrows, they lit a fire, they learned about badgers, they swam in bogs from what I can tell. They had an absolute ball. What really struck me the most is how my children connected to their leaders! My lads are quiet with people they don’t know so well, they take a while to connect with grown ups. I am totally ok with that but at this camp things were different. The way the kids spoke about their leaders was just fabulous, they spoke so fondly of them, so freely and it was all based around simple fun. I knew by the way they were chattering that the leaders got to meet my real children, the ones that I know. I have to congratulate Ollie and his team on this as this speaks volumes about them in my humblest of opinions. Nature really does bring out the best in people. Check out the camp out here
I wanted the kids to go to this camp for their immune system, Mammy usually has an angle 😎, doesn’t she. As the gatekeepers to our children’s health, we need to aware of the many reasons why this generation has a different experience of the world. There are plenty of reasons why we are indoors more; screens, fear of sun exposure, lack of space and even a shift in focus from free play to scheduled activities and sporting achievements. In being aware we can make small and simple changes that can create balance, getting a little bit of it all in.