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The Ticket festival guide: Summer camps

The Ticket selects the best out-and-about events of the summer, from music and arts to kids’ stuff and family outings, from summer camps and summer schools to freebies and food events

LEGO CAMPS
Various locations, June-August, learnit.ie
 
Children learn problem-solving and team work one brick at a time in Lego Education camps that run throughout the summer at multiple locations in 13 different counties. They cater for children aged from six to 11-plus. 
 
ADVENTURE CAMPS
Carlingford, Co Louth, June 29th-August 21st, carlingfordadventure.com
 
Weekly or daily, residential or non-residential, Carlingford Adventure Centre has lots of camp options for action-loving youngsters aged six to 17. Activities include zip-line trekking at the Skypark that opened last year, along with body zorbing and outdoor laser combat. 
 
iPAD CAMPS
Various locations in 11 counties, July-August, letsgo.ie
 
Technology and sport is promised in a 70:30 ratio at these Let’s Go camps for children aged between eight and 13, so they won’t be screen-bound all the time as they learn to push the boundaries of creative technology. 
 
SUMMER PANTO CAMP
July 13th-18th, August 17th-22nd uch.ie
 
This new camp might sound a little unseasonal but it will be singing, dancing and acting all the way as pantomime star Richie Hayes puts budding young performers through their paces. Oh yes he will … 
 
RADIO CAMP
University College Cork, June-July, ucc.ie
 
Community radio station UCC 98.3FM takes in youngsters aged 14-17, with an interest in music or in exploring a media career, for a week at a time. 
 
TEEN ACADEMY
Griffith College, Dublin, July 6th-10th and 20th-24th, savvyteenacademy.com
 
No run-of-the-mill teen camp, it’s a “life-skills” course for 16-18 year-olds covering topics such as cyberbullying, careers, finance and physical and mental health, with a range of speakers.