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Summer Camps

summer camp galwayFor over ten years Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre has been running both residential and non residential summer camps in Clonbur, Co. Galway. The aim of these camps is to introduce kids from 10 years and over to the various outdoor sports.

For day campers a typical day begins here in the centre at 10am. The kids are divided into groups, head off on activities and are back in time to have lunch at 1 o clock. They then have a supervised break until 2pm and then commence their second activity for the day. The second activity finishes in time for the kids to go home for 5pm.

Alternatively the kids may meet here for ten am and head away from the centre for the full day with a packed lunch. These expedition style days away generally comprise two activities e.g. a Hillwalk-Rockclimb Day or a Cave-Forest trek Day.

The residential summer camps are run exactly the same as the above however the Residential Camp meet here on Monday at 12.30 depart here on Friday at 5pm. All meals are provided for the week. In addition there is an evening activity between 7.30 and 10pm. This evening activity is generally centre based team tasks, e.g. Orienteering, Scavenger Hunt etc. Groups are fully supervised by our qualified staff for the week

Kids who are returning or who have experience in a certain sport have the opportunity to incorporate a course to further their skills in Canoeing, Kayaking or Windsurfing. For further details on the courses we offer see Skills Courses. Generally participants in these courses will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of the other activities on offer.

If your child wishes to be in the same group as some of their friends please indicate so at the time of booking.

For 2019 our dates are...

15th - 19th July. Day Camp & Residential Camp

22nd - 26th July. Day Camp, Residential Camp & Young Explorers 10am-1pm. Art, Activities and Nature for 7-9 year olds.

29th July - 2nd August. Day Camp

6th - 9th August. 4 Day Camp Day Camp

12th - 16th August. Day Camp and Challenger Camp


Canoeing on Lough MaskPetersburg OEC has three campsites for scouts.

The Orchard is an area which can accommodate 
80-100 people. It is completely surrounded by a 10 foot wall, providing ideal shelter from the elements. There is a water tap on site as well as toilets and a shower block.

Lakeshore-Sites 1 & 2:
The Lakeshore camp sites can cater for groups of 25-30 people. Both are extremely scenic. A certain amount of shelter is provided by trees for lakeshore campsite 1, lakeshore campsite 2 is enclosed on two sides by walls. Water is available on both sites. Shower blocks and toilets in the centre can be used by arrangement.

Praise From Scouting OrganisationsScouts in Galway

‘Thank you for a great weekend. We would like to compliment you on your excellent staff. The activities were always safe and adventurous a hard balance to get. The instructors got along so well with our cubs and encouraged them to participate in everything. Also please thank the kitchen staff the food was great''
John Mc Govern, 30 Santry Scouts, June 2008.


Petersburg O.E.C. is ideally located for adventure activities, for full details see Adventure for Schools.

For 2017 Petersburg OEC Is Running

Summer Camps

10th -14 th July. Day Camp & Residential Camp

17 th -21st July. Day Camp & Residential Camp

24 th – 28 th July. Young Explorers 10am to 1pm. Art, Activities and Nature for 7-9 year olds.

8 th -11 th August. 4 Day Camp

14th – 18 th August.  Day Camp and Challenger Camp



Book Early to avoid disappointment!

Alternative Camps

In addition to our general summer camp we are now in the third year of Young Explorers and Challenger Camp

Young Explorers is aimed at 7 – 9 year olds.

24th to 28th  July. Running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This camp is aimed at the younger age group and consists of various activities e.g. Orienteering, Team Games, Outdoor Art, nature and habitat studies. This camp also introduces children to adventure sports in the outdoors.

Challenger Camp

The Challenger Camp is aimed at 15 - 18 year olds

14th to 18th August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Challenger Camp is aimed at the older age group and is ideal for teenagers who’ve been to Petersburg a few times and are now ready for a new challenge. It consists of expedition style days away on Lough Mask and in the local surroundings with one supervised overnight camp.

Contact us for further details

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Petersburg Outdoor
Education Centre,
Co. Galway,

Tel: 094 954 6483
Fax: 094 954 6705

From Outside Ireland Call:
+353 94 954 6483