Staff Run Activities

Please note, While lough Dan is an adventure location we are not an adventure centre that supplies staff lead activities except in some limited circumstances (groups staying more than 4 nights i.e. groups on their summer camp) and as a volunteer staff team (all of whom have other commitments) it is not possible for us to provide instructor lead activities every weekend of the year. For short stay visits there is enough for you to do yourselves at Lough Dan. This includes all grades of hikes, campfire, raft building, orienteering, eco activities, night hike, pioneering, camp craft and not to forget cooking your breakfast, dinner and tea on an open fire etc.

Lough Dan is a Scout Centre where the focus is on getting your Scouts to run their own program as much as possible. In this context we regard cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner as some of the best program on any good scout camp along with self lead activities. Plan your own program and ask for suggestions or look at the suggestions here on the website. We cannot and do not guarantee availability of instructors for staff lead activities

Remember the scout method is all about small groups (patrols) working together. Food and meal preparation should be part of your programme, as should time sitting around an open fire in the evenings. Please don’t put the tents up for your scouts (or cubs, or even beavers!) or cook all their meals for them. Instead help and guide them through it in an age appropriate fashion.

  • Crate Climbing  €5 per person, max group size 15 per hour.
  • Tree Climbing   €5 per person, max group size 15 per hour.
  • Rock Climbing  €15 per person, minimum of 10. Half day activity with 2 x 1 hour walk to get to and from crag.
  • Swanaboree   No charge.
  • Kayaking. If you have a qualified instructor you can use the center’s Kayaks but we need to see the instructors certificate. Otherwise get an external provider to come down and run a session for you. Two companies we recommend are:
  • gopaddle.ie 
  • totalexperience.ie 

If yo are organizing your summer camp at Lough Dan our volunteer Staff can help you organize an expedition or an adventure like an overnight hike, mountain top bivvy or wild camping.  They have a wealth of local knowledge and live for adventure. If you’re unsure of what to do or how to do it – just ask, or ask them to accompany you on your adventure for a learning experience!

To inquire about these activities please contact [email protected]