Gaisce Bronze Award

Inside one of our bell tents

 

Your mission, should you chose to accept it is to plan, prepare and undertake a 2 day,1 night adventure journey in a group covering a minimum total distance of 25‐35km walking over 2 consecutive days.

 

Nevsail Watersports is an approved provider of the Venture activity section of the Gaisce Awards and we will help you complete your task in a fun, safe environment. Learn skills such as survival, navigation, basic first aid, team building and communication while hiking the beautiful Loophead Peninsula. Visit the Loophead lighthouse, Kilcredaun Point, shipwreck of the SS Okeanis and enjoy contrasting views of the Shannon estuary on one side and the wild Atlantic on the other along with all the wildlife this area has to offer.

Planning

It is an essential element of the Gaisce programme that the students do as much of the organising of the venture section as possible. It would be helpful to appoint a leader who can discuss matters with us and relay the plan of action to the other students.

Preparation

In preparation for the 25km walk, all students will need a basic level of fitness. Six weeks is plenty of time to build up a level of fitness to complete the walking expedition just by simply getting out for a 45 min walk a few times a week. We hope that everyone can complete the Venture Journey and this preparation prior to coming to us is essential.

What to Expect

The Bronze adventure journey lasts for one and a half days. We recommend arriving at early on Day 1 and completing the main section of the challenge that day (17km). This also includes survival skills, map reading and compass skills. The walk finished on Day 1 at our accommodation, Pure Camping, an eco campsite on the banks of the Shannon. It is an essential requirement of Gaisce that students camp overnight, prepare food, cook and clean up after themselves. Day 2 allows students to complete the map work and compass reading finishing at Pure Camping at lunchtime.

We have attached the standard itinerary although we can alter this to suit your needs i.e. you can complete all the walking in one day if required although the overnight stay is essential for the Gaisce Bronze award.

 

Costs:

Activity costs: €70 (includes walking guide, navigation skills, first aid skills)

Accommodation costs:

Option 1: €8 per person in unfurnished Bell Tent (sleeps 6)

Option 2: €13 per person in furnished Bell Tent (sleep 3)

(Option 2 is available to teachers at €10per person)

Option 3: €5 per person per tent (for those bringing their own tent)

(See Facilities at Pure Camping below for more details)

Yoga (if required): €10 per person for 1 ½ hour session (min. 6 students)

Bat walk: Can be included

Camp fire: Are allowed on site. Bring own wood or bags can be purchase on site for €5 per bag.

Sauna: €2 per person maintenance fee

 

Day 1

9.30:

Arrive at Pure Camping, Querrin. Welcome & Registration.

 

Personal belongings and camping equipment are placed in secured storage on site.

 

Nevsail Outdoor Instructor runs through basic map skills, safety talk and survival skills.

 

10.15

Bus drops at start point for walk- 5 mins from Pure Camping

 

1.00

Lunchtime (Students are asked to bring a packed lunch)

 

2.00

Walk continues

 

6.00

Arrive at Pure Camp

Set up camps and bedding (bell tents will be pre-erected)

Freshen with a shower or relax in the sauna.

Wood burning ovens are available at campsite to cook pizzas. Ranges are also available.

 

8.00

Evening activities can include campfire (bring your marshmallows), bat walk deep into the forest on the banks of the Shannon and if you want to learn about how the eco campsite works, Kevin, the eco-tech camping guru, will be more than happy to explain.

 

Yoga is available for a small price on site from Yoga Master, Trea. You will also have use of the geodesic dome as a common area if the weather is not great.

 

Day 2

8.30:

Breakfast (food brought by students)

Fill flasks if required.

 

9.30

Basic First Aid Talk and Communication Skills by your Outdoor Instructor.

 

Students are tests on route planning and now it's their time to lead the walk!

 

10.00

Walk continues

 

1.00

Walk finishes.

Nevsail debrief.

Pack up Camp and home time to rest those weary legs!

 

 

Lunch can be arranged at the best chipper in Kilkee if required

 

 

Nevsail Outdoor Instructor

Here at Nevsail, we pride ourselves on top quality service to all our participants. We want you to leave your trip having enjoyed a unique experience and with a love of the outdoors. Our outdoor instructors are fully trained in first aid, provision of walking tours, outdoor instruction and child protection policies. Your instructor will give guidance on survival skills, navigation, map reading, route planning, compass use as well as interesting facts about the area and wildlife.

Your instructor will have laminated maps of the route, compass, torch (with spare batteries and bulb), first aid kit, whistle, mobile phone and emergency food rations.

 

Pure Camping

Yoga teacher Trea and husband Kevin (eco-tech enthusiast) provide a fantastic camping experience on the shores of the Shannon, only 15 minutes from Kilkee. Students can sit around the camp fire in the evening for some story telling, marsh mallow cooking or for the thrill seeker Kevin can take the dare devils to the woods to see the bats flying in the dark of night!


The Geodesic dome provides a great common area where students can chill out after the long day's walking. Students can also learn about solar heating technology, composting toilets, and rain water harvesting. It is part of the Pure Camping experience to encourage students to use local produce, cook for themselves and help the environment by cutting down on packaged food. Yoga classes can be arranged for children and or teachers at an additional charge.

How to get to Pure Camping

The drop point for our Gaisce Tours is Pure Camping, Querrin.

Once you get to Ennis, follow signs for Kilrush (N68). Once in Kilrush follow signs to Kilkee (N67). About 2kms past Moyasta, you will come to Keane's pub on the right hand side and Lisdeen Church on the left hand side. Take the left turn signposted (R487). Follow this road for approximately 5kms going straight through the crossroads. At Querrin you will come to crossroads (you will see the school on the right, the river straight ahead), turn right here. Pure camping is 200 metres on left.

 

 

Facilities at Pure Camping

 

 

Toilets: Separate Male/ Female Toilets & Compost toilets available on site. Toilet paper provided.

Showers: Separate male/female Showers are available on site. Hot water to the main block is provided through solar panels and a wood stove. Water for this block is provided by rainwater harvesting and the well.

Sauna: Bring togs if you want to avail of this while camping. Supervision is required.

Bell Tents: These are the tents of choice for zulu warriors and armies throughout the world! They are pre-erected hardwearing tents 4metre squared. The flooring is in built so there is no need for ground sheets.

Unfurnished: Unfurnished Bell Tents can sleep up to 6 students. Students are advised to bring foamies to lie on and must bring own sleeping bags.

Furnished: Furnished Bell Tents can sleep 3 students. Futon beds, with linen, duvet and pillow supplied.

Geodesic Dome: Common area for use by all campers. Great for evening activities if weather is bad.

Cooking: Cooking is in clay wood burning oven or range. Oven can take 2 12" pizzas at a time and cooks very quickly.

Utensils: Students must bring own utensils, pots and pans for cooking.

Hot water: Large Kettle is available to use on the range. Also an electric kettle available in the Yoga centre if required.

Chairs: Low benches are provided in the outdoor kitchen. Advisable to bring fold out chairs for camp fire etc.

Washup sinks: Available for dish washing. Students asked to bring eco washup liquid.

Food storage: Fridge is available in the Yoga Centre. Advisable to bring ice box, if bringing a lot of food.

 

Information on what to Pack

Clothes

Warm clothing such as tracksuit bottoms. Jeans are not suitable. Bring at least 2 changes of clothes as you might get wet.

 

Make sure you leave clean dry clothing at the campsite so you have something warm to change into when your first day of walking is done.

 

For walking, layers are best so that if you get warm you can take a layer off i.e. t-shirt, hoody, fleece jacket.

 

 

Hat & Gloves:

A hat is great to keep the head warm when walking, also will keep you snug when camping out. Gloves are also a good idea.

 

 

Waterproof jacket & trousers

You can wrap these in your bag if it is not raining. It is Ireland though so these are essential!

 

 

 

Footwear

Walking boots or comfortable trainers that you don't mind getting mucky & wet. If you can, bring a second pair for Day two so that you are not starting the day in wet footwear.

 

 

Socks

Get a good thick pair of sports socks that fit inside your shoes comfortably. Wearing two pairs of socks can reduce risk of blisters etc.

 

 

Plasters

Apply plasters to areas of the feet prone to blisters before you begin the walk. Also bring a supply of plasters should you need to reapply during the day.

 

 

Packed Lunch

 

You will need this on Day 1 of the walk.

 

 

Drinks

 

Bring Plenty of fluid with you to keep you hydrated. Water/ Isotonic drinks are best. Caffeine loaded drinks such as redbull are not advisable.

 

 

Flask

Fill your flask with a warm drink to bring with you while walking.

 

 

Back Pack

You will need a two strap shoulder back pack to carry while walking. You will have to carry this for the day so make sure it is comfortable before you bring it. This will contain your packed lunch, other clothing etc.

 

Remember your bag is not waterproof so put all your items in a plastic bag to keep them dry should it be raining heavily.

 

 

2 Plastic Bags

Needed to store your personal items in your rucksack while hiking. Also to bring home any wet clothes without soaking everything else in your bag.

 

 

Towel

To use after your nice warm eco shower in harvested rainwater warmed by the suns rays at Pure Camping

 

 

Sunscreen

To be used dependant on weather.

 

 

Insect repellent

Midges can sometimes come out in the evening dependant on weather so this is handy to have just in case.

 

 

Utensils

You will need to bring cutlery, cup, plate, bowl, saucepan etc for eating dinner and cooking dinner and breakfast.

 

 

Food

It is each student responsibility to bring their own food. Pure Camping encourage students to prepare fresh produce to minimalise waste and reduce today's reliance on processed food.

 

Day 1 Lunch: Please arrive with a packed lunch on Day 1.

 

Day 1 Dinner: Students can bring toppings for pizzas such as cheese, mushroom, cooked meats, pineapple etc. Dough balls, pizza base, and pizza tomato topping sauce can be provided. Students must top their pizzas which will then be easily cooked in the clay wood burning oven.

 

The range is also available to use. Students can use thinly chopped veg to use with pasta & sauce- an easy option too!

 

Drinks: Bring your Tea bags/ milk/ sugar etc

 

Treats: We advise that you purchase any evening treats before arriving. There is no shop near the campsite.

 

Breakfast: Cereal, fruit etc

 

 

Cool box

Good for storing your food perishables. Ice block if required. There is also a fridge available on site.

 

 

Washing Up

It is the groups responsibility to clean up after themselves to fulfil Gaisce requirements.

 

Each group must bring biodegradable washup liquid, teatowel etc to clean after themselves.

 

 

Bedding

If you are staying in an unfurnished Bell Tent or brining your own tent, you must bring your own Sleeping bag. Bring a foam underneath if desired for extra comfort.

 

 

If you are bringing your own tent, don't forget your groundsheet to stop any damp coming from the ground.

 

Linen is provided in the furnished Bell Tent option

 

 

Foldable Chair

For anyone that like creature comforts, these can be handy for sitting around the campfire etc.

 

 

Rubbish Bags

To collect all your rubbish. Please use recycling & compost facilities on site where possible.

 

 

Games

Any games you would like to bring to pass the evening.

 

 

Torch

All students must bring a torch for both the walking and for use in the campsite. There is no lighting within your tent and you will also need this to navigate the campsite.

 

 

Basin

A basin can be very handy and multipurpose while camping. Remember you will not have running water in your tent!

 

 

 

**OVERNIGHT SUPERVISION OF YOUR GROUP IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUR LEADERS. STUDENTS MUST RESPECT OTHER GROUPS IN THE CENTRE AND CAMPSITE AND OUR STAFF.

 

Checklist

What to put in Backpack Day 1 (Please have this packed BEFORE arrival)

Essentials-

 

Waterproof jacket

 

Waterproof trousers

 

Torch

 

Spare socks

 

Drinks (water/isotonic)

 

Packed Lunch

 

2 Plastic bags

 

Optional-

 

Flask (please fill this before arriving to Pure Camping)

 

Plasters (put on any sensitive areas of feet before walk)

 

Snacks (to combat munchies as you walk)

 

Hat & Gloves (if desired)

 

Suncreen (weather dependent)

 

Insect repellent

 

 

Checklist for camping

Essentials-

 

 

 

Towel

 

Torch

 

2 Changes of clothes

 

Food & Drinks (dinner, breakfast, treats)

 

Cooking and eating utensils

 

Sleeping bag (if staying in unfurnished Bell tent)

 

Ground sheet (if using own tent)

 

Tent, pegs, poles etc (unless staying in Bell tent

 

Rubbish bag

 

Basin for washing etc

 

Eco Washup Liquid

 

Optional-

 

Swim togs for sauna

 

Games

 

Fold out chairs

 

 

Checklist for Back Pack Day 2

Essentials-

 

Waterproof jacket

 

Waterproof trousers

 

Torch

 

Spare socks

 

Drinks (water/isotonic)

 

 

 

Optional- (Same as above)

 

Walking Routes

Loopers Route (2 day walking option)

Drop Off Day 1 at Carrigaholt. Walk towards the estuary to Kilcredaun Point. Walk finishes at Pure Camping. (15km)

 

 

Landmarks en route: Kicredaun Point Battery, Kilcredaun Lighthouse,and the shipwreck of the SS Okeanis.

 

Day 2 Walk begins at campsite taking you down to Querrin shore ... walk along the shore across the rocks going East and then turn left up a boreen which takes you back in a loop West to the campsite (8km).

 

Headers Route (1 day walking option)

Drop Off Day 1 at Loophead Lighthouse. Walk to Carrigaholt via Kileenagh . Finish at Pure Camping (25km)

 

Landmarks enroute: Loophead Lighthouse, Grave of the Yellow Men at Kilbaha, Memorial to Pilots Kilbaha.

 

 

 

Terms and Conditions

1. This programme is specifically designed to cover the aspects of the Bronze Gaisce Award other specialized team building & outdoor adventure programmes are available.

2. Your residential stay includes facilitation of the 25km walk.

3. Deposits are payable to Nevsail Watersports. Please note payment for accommodation and activity is to be made payable separately. Accommodation payment by cheque is made payable to Pure Camping. Activity payment is payable to Nevsail Watersports. Please revert to invoice for more information.

4. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. (See list above)

5. We would advise that you do not bring computer/ gaming/ electrical equipment with you. You will be camping and there is a high chance that items can become water damaged, lost or stolen. Nevsail Watersports or Pure Camping will not be responsible for any damaged or missing items.

6. Please keep to roads, paths and tracks at all times.

7. Respect the environment; look after plants and animals.

8. Listen to what your Instructors say and follow their instructions at all times - it is for your own safety.

9. Behavior should not be excessive, noisy or disruptive especially at night.

10. Smoking, alcohol or unlawful substances are not permitted..

11. Please use the campsite and its contents with care.

12. The campsite area should be left clean and tidy on day of departure.

13. We reserve the right to charge you for any extra cleaning, maintenance, missing or damaged items.

14. Nevsail Watersports or Pure Camping do not cannot accept liability for any damaged or missing items.

 

 

A VENTURE SECTION SAFETY REMINDER

From Gaisce

All Award Participants under 18 years of age must be supervised at all times during the venture activity.

Procedures for PALS and Employees Involved In Overnight Activities

When taking young people away on their Venture Activity PALs and employees should always be attentive to such matters as:

  1. Safety: Activities, buildings, transport etc.
  2. Insurance: Adequate to cover all aspects of the trip
  3. Parental consent: Written consent should be obtained from parents/guardians before taking young people under the age of 18 away
  1. Medical concerns: Medical information which might be relevant for example allergies etc should be known to Leaders and employees prior to leaving for a Venture
  2. Sleeping arrangements: Sleeping areas for males and females should be in separate quarters and supervised by two/three adults of the same sex as the group being supervised
  3. Maintaining standards and good practice in the relaxed atmospheres of a trip away from home may be difficult as normal boundaries and standards of behaviour can be inadvertently crossed over. Agree a code of behaviour with the participants before embarking on the venture.

 

Safety! Safety! Safety!

At Bronze level Participants should be walking on low level paths, such as sections of the Loophead Penninsula and should be supervised at all stages. Gaisce - The President's Award Leader or some other suitably qualified person must supervise all Bronze expeditions.

Safety! Safety! Safety!

All groups embarking on a foot expedition should leave a clear map of their route (route card) with at least one specified person for example the school principal, before embarking on the expedition. The approximate time required for walking each section should be specified. This will obviously assist both from a safety point of view and in case a Participant needs to be contacted urgently for example by a parent. The Leader must be satisfied that the route complies with the requirements for the Award and that the requirements were met in practice.

Should have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:

GAISCE - THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD

Ratra House

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Tel: 01 61 71 999

 

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