Dangerous Camps Summer 2017

Dangerous Summer Camps

Dangerous  Camps

Dangerous Summer Camps 2017

Application 2017: read on for full details or download any sections your require. Camp fees: €100 one week; €90 subsequent weeks; €20 weekly return bus.  Bookings now being taken at summer@rockbrook.ie. You can also simply post us the full details requested on the application form and we will accept your booking. The Camps are nearly all well attended so don’t leave your booking too late!

Payment for camp

– new campers must pay for at least one week’s camp when booking

– past campers can pay in advance or on arrival

-payment by cash or cheque (payable to Rockbrook Park School) or directly to the school account. Please ensure that you use your son’s name as the payee reference code

Our bank details are


IBAN: IE21 AIBK 9332 9535 6483 73

Allied Irish Banks, Main Street, Rathfarnham, Sort code 93-32-95  for Rockbrook Park School, Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, account number 35648373

 Click here (from April)  to download full details including FAQ, Dates, Fees, Application, Bus routes. All the info you need is on this click. All this information is also contained on this webpage (see below) with the exception of the bus routes.

Click here (from April) to download only the basic info. (dates, Fees, Application Form 2017). If you wish to book before the official form is available simply provide the information required below (see Applications).

Click here (from April) to download an Application Form 2017 only (download and fill in the form  and post or simply email the answers to the questions in a Word document)

Click here to download  Bus routes 2017

See www.rosemont.ie  for Rosemont Summer Camps (our sister school in Sandyford)

The Camps also include our great Dangerous Science Camps on weeks beginning 10 July and 17 July.

Background to Camps


These camps aim to equip boys with a range of ideas with which to enjoy their ‘free-time’. All camps share Rockbrook’s traditional characteristics of personal attention, character development, good humour, and a spirit of adventure.

Partly inspired by The Dangerous Book for Boys, the camps familiarises the boys with games, outdoor adventure, hobbies and skills that every boy should know and love, as well as providing a strong educational flavour. The camps aim to inspire a desire for knowledge and adventure, and have in mind the all-round growth of boys through healthy and engaging active leisure.

The camps do not depend on inflatable gimmicks, and they help young people appreciate the learning and fun that can be had in a countryside environment.

 “I was sick of seeing my 12 year old son on the XBox or playing on his iPhone, so I Googled ‘summer camp; boys; aged 12’ and the Rockbrook camp came up 1st on the search. I was thrilled to see that the camp was aimed at getting the boys outdoors and seriously active. My son thought the title ‘Dangerous Camp for Boys’ was very cool. He came home each day filthy, covered in cuts and bruises, parched, starving and exhausted: he absolutely loved it! So much that he returned for a second week. His favourite games were Man Hunt and the River Run. He declares it to be the best camp he has ever done and is says he is definitely going again next year. We opted for the coach to pick him up and drop him home each day, which was very convenient for me as Rockbrook is out of the way, but also made him feel very grown up and independent. He loved the staff and made lots of friends. I can’t recommend this camp highly enough.” N.L 2013

The Dangerous Outdoor Camp (8-12 years) – camps A1 to A4. Boys should be starting 2nd class or higher. Boys divided into age groupings. Older boys have some more strenuous activities

Week 1 3—7 July   Week 2 10—14 July   Week 3 17—21 July    Week 4 24—28 July

The Dangerous Science Camp- Camps D1, D2

Week 1 10—14 July (age 10-12)     Week 2 17—21 July (aged 8-10)

Bus: All weeks – one bus route only (Limited spaces: bus must be booked in advance) – to see route click here
All Camps commence 10 am daily and finish at 3 pm. Boys should bring a packed lunch with them. There will also be a shop and some hot food available.

Transport by bus to and from the Camps is available at an additional charge of €20 per week. The bus follows a traditional route around Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Ballinteer, Leopardstown and more locally.  The dates and times are as advertised, although allow for variations due to traffic. Families are also encouraged to car-pool. Please note that camp times may vary slightly (e.g. 30 minutes either way) to facilitate transport. Parents need to ensure that children can go safely to and from the bus stop. The cost for all camps is €100 for one week for one boy and €90 for any subsequent week of any camp for each sibling. (e.g. for two brothers each attending for one week, the cost is €100 + €90 = €190; for one boy attending for three weeks the cost is €100+ €90+€90 = €280). Bus collection when used is €20 (return) weekly. The camp day rate (e.g. in exceptional cases for a short week) is €25 per day.

To minimise administration:

  • past camp members and friends can book by email and then simply pay on arrival.
  • for others, full payment for at least one week must be made when booking (cheque payable to Rockbrook Park School, or cash – no card payment)
  • a cancellation will receive a full refund, less a max. €20 booking charge
  • early booking is advisable as some camp weeks may fill up quickly.

Contact information

Phone: 086-1752915 (camp manager after 23 June)  Phone: 01-4933204 (school)

E-mail: summer@rockbrook.ie  Web address www.rockbrook.ie

Address: Rockbrook Park School, Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.


What happens on each of these camps?

A1, A2, A3, A4 Dangerous Outdoor Camp (8-12 years, age appropriate groups)

The Dangerous Outdoor Camp includes the now traditional mix of outdoor activities: sports (including astro & grass soccer, high jump, volleyball, rounders), field trips, rope bridge, rope work, bouldering, juggling, survival skills, tying knots, manhunts, hiking, trench warfare, barbecues. Boys may attend as many weeks of as they wish. The Dangerous Outdoor Camp runs on a two-weekly cycle to facilitate those attending for two weeks. Thus, Week 3 of the Camp matches Week 1 activities and Week 4 matches Week 2. The Camp divides boys up into age appropriate groups and the daily activity plan varies slightly to suit ages.

D1, D2 Dangerous Science Camp (week 1 for 10-12 years; week 2 for 8-10 years)

Rockbrook has a good tradition in the sciences and in Young Scientist participation. This very popular science camp provides hands-on opportunities to investigate science in action. CSI laboratory work; scene of the crime investigations, the working of rockets, the art of flying, frogs, squirrels, moths, field trips and nature trails are all part of an action-filled week of exciting science and practical experimentation. The Dangerous Science Camp runs a different programme each week. The first week’s programme is geared at 10-12 year olds and the second week is geared to 8-10 year olds (age ranges indicative only, as occasionally older boys will attend the younger camp or vice versa).

Early booking is requested as some camp weeks may fill up quickly.  For example emails like this come before booking even opens! “Anyway I’d like them booked in for the first 2 weeks in July if possible, they are super excited already!!!”. Ensure that your children learn, as well as enjoying themselves.

Understanding the Camp tradition

The Dangerous Camps are run by Rockbrook Park School to help in the personal development of children at an early age. A lack of appreciation of the natural environment, a declining enquiring spirit, an over-attachment to video and gaming consoles, as well as obesity among the young are challenges that need to be faced early on by parents. The Dangerous Camp tradition helps to confront these challenges head on, seeking to interest young people in the natural environment on their doorstep while helping develop virtue.

Rockbrook Park School

Rockbrook Park School is a day secondary school for boys. The twin pillars of a Rockbrook education are personal character development and academic excellence. An emphasis on personal development and character education in a genuine Christian environment are at the heart of Rockbrook’s educational commitment. Through its education system, its extra-curricular experiences, including school trips, and its code of discipline, Rockbrook helps its students to be knowledgeable, hardworking, presentable and upright young men who understand what it means to be of service to society.

All Camps run by Rockbrook seek to maintain this tradition, and it primarily staff and students from the school who are involved in camp delivery.

If you wish to find out more about Rockbrook, please speak to any of our staff or contact the school secretary.

Contact information for Rockbrook Park Secondary School

Phone: 01-4933204 (school) Web address www.rockbrook.ie

Address: Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.



Applications by email: please cut & paste the following template, fill in details – add to main body of email (not an attachment please) and email  to summer@rockbrook.ie Otherwise send the application form by post.


Dangerous Camp email details (complete details separately for each boy)

Previous Camper?  Yes/No:




Date of birth:

Current school:

Current class (just finishing):

Allergies / health issues we should know:

Normal contact number:

Using camp bus Yes/No ______               If using bus, what stop:_____________________

(check bus routes to ensure bus is running in your area on the camp week you are choosing)

Emergency contact number 1:

Emergency contact number 2:

Email address:

Which Camps: (use codes A1 etc. see below) ___________________

Dangerous Outdoor Camps – Camps A1, A2, A3, A4

Week 1 3—7 July   Week 2 10—14 July   Week 3 17—21 July    Week 4 24—28 July

The Dangerous Science Camp- Camps D1, D2

Week 1 10—14 July (age 10-12)     Week 2 17—21 July (aged 8-10)


Any other relevant issues that we need to know:




Please download this form and fill it in. Or provide information in any readable format.


Name __________________________________________________________________


Address ________________________________________________________________




Age ______ School _______________________________Class (just finishing)______


Contact no. Home ______________________Mob ___________________________


Emergency contact number  ____________________________________________


Contact email address__________________________________________________


Which Camps – please write in codes: _____________________________  


Dangerous Outdoor Camps – Camps A1, A2, A3, A4

Week 1 3—7 July   Week 2 10—14 July   Week 3 17—21 July    Week 4 24—28 July

The Dangerous Science Camp- Camps D1, D2

Week 1 10—14 July (age 10-12)     Week 2 17—21 July (aged 8-10)


I wish to use bus service   Yes _____                  No _____

If you wish to avail of the BUS please Indicate a convenient collection point for your son  (e.g. near church, pub, school– see map).



Are there any medical facts we should know about the boy?



I am happy that my son(s) participate in this camp and guarantee his good behaviour.

I enclose camp payment (cheques payable to Rockbrook Park School).

Signature (parent/guardian)





You can presume that the booking has been accepted unless you hear from us. Please return booking form / payment to Rockbrook Park School, Edmondstown Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Young campers commenting on Dangerous Camp for boys

“We do a lot of fun things and the leaders are really good.”

“I enjoyed the river run the most, and the volleyball, and the crazy football, and the manhunt and the barbecue.”

“Everything was amazing. Best camp I ever did. Hope I’m not too old for next year.”

“It was really fun. Not like other camps”

“What did you enjoy about the camp? Every single thing.”

“It should be more dangerous!”

What parents say

“Just a note to say a big thanks to you and your colleagues for the excellent dangerous camp last week. B had a really marvellous time and it was a great experience for him. It is fantastic to see children enjoying outdoor pursuits. The organisation was superb from the most punctual bus run and throughout the week – great credit to you.”

“Just a note to say thanks a million for the summer camp. C really enjoyed the two weeks and also had a fantastic time at the camp night.”

“Just wanted to say big thanks to all involved for Easter Dangerous Camp. My son loved it and already wants to book in for Summer!!”

“He love, love, loved the camp and says he will definitely be back in the Summer.”

‘I am wondering if there are spaces next week 7th July –11th July on the Dangerous Outdoor Camp. My son has really enjoyed this week and would really love to go again’

‘My son had a brilliant week at your Dangerous Camp for Boys for the past week.   He loved every minute of being there and really wants to go back next week….., otherwise, he will definitely want to return next year. A big thank you to you and all the organisers from … and also in particular to his bus driver who took great care of him en-route to and from Rockbrook.’

All feedback, comments, suggestions for improvement welcome at summer@rockbrook.ie

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