The annual trip to The Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre takes place shortly, with all students travelling over a two week period. This is the 25th year we have visited the Centre and it has always proved to be one of the major highlights of any pupils time in BGS. The first group of 60 students will head off on Monday September 26th, with the bus departing school at 9.15am and returning to BGS for 3.45pm on Friday the 30th. Please note that the school is closed that day and normal buses will not be running from the school.
Week 2 will see another 60 head to Kerry on Monday October 3rd (again departing at 9.15am) and back in school on Friday October 7th at 3.45pm. Pupils will be informed in school which week they travel on, if there is an issue please contact Mr Warren.
For those unfamiliar with Cappanalea, the pupils will take part in what is called The Explore Course, which involves 3 days of preparation and training before undertaking an overnight hike and camping expedition under the supervision of an instructor. The activities involved include canoeing, campcraft, abseiling, navigation, first aid, route planning, team challenges and much more. A list of equipment and clothing required for the trip is included below, which is also attached to a letter all pupils receive in school.
For further details please contact Mr Warren in school or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring (as recommended on Cappanalea’s website!)
Not used to the great outdoors and not sure what to bring? We are a very well stocked centre but there are certainly a few things that you can bring yourself to make your life a bit more comfortable.
- Old Warm clothing: Old is an important word here. Its quite possible you may get just a little bit of mud on your clothes. Tracksuits and fleece are always a good bet. They will keep you much warmer than jeans and other heavy natural fibers and they dry out quickly too.
- Swimming togs: Or at least something you don’t mind getting wet. We will provide wetsuits but it’s always nicer for you if you have a long sleeved top to wear underneath as this keeps you a little warmer. A towel is also handy for when we get off the water.
- Heavy socks: Lots of socks. Nothing nicer than putting on a nice warm dry pair.
- Footwear: If possible, a pair of sturdy walking boots are ideal to bring. If you don’t have any, a pair of runners is fine. A pair of wellingtons work too if you don’t have boots. Best to bring two pairs of runners – an old pair for water-based activities and one to keep dry. Also, open-toe shoes are not appropriate for our activities.
- Waterproof Jacket and Trousers: Unfortunately the Irish weather isn’t very dependable so something to keep you dry is very useful. We have a supply of jackets and waterproof trousers here but your own may be a bit more comfortable.
- Woolly Hat and Gloves: You may not use these, but you will be delighted that you brought them if it gets a bit cold outside.
- Evening Time: You will need a change of dry clothes and shoes for the evening time.
- Plastic Bags: As you may have a lot of wet gear at the end of your stay, it is best to bring spare plastic bags to put this gear in when you are packing to go home.
- Other items: Torch, batteries, Flask
- Sleeping bag: Required for all courses which involve camping – including EXPLORE Course