PITTSBURGH GAA Youth (ages 6 to 16)
Camp Cúla Búla:
Irish Culture and Sports Camp
We would like to invite your child to come and spend a week immersing themselves in the sights, sounds, sports, and culture of Ireland. Campers will enjoy a wide range of activities from Irish Football to Irish Dance, Irish Language and stories, Irish Music and the Arts.
Your child will enjoy one of the most diverse sports in the world, Gaelic Football. Pre-dating Soccer, Rugby, and most other field sports, and played in Ireland for hundreds of years, Gaelic Football combines many of the sports skills your child has already developed in a fun high-scoring game. We also hope to expose young players to Hurling and Camogie intriguing field games similar to field hockey or Lacrosse.
If you've ever been lucky enough to visit Ireland, you'll notice that all the road signs and many government papers are in Irish Gaelic. Ireland is very serious about instilling pride in the Irish language from an early age; so much so that to hold some government positions it's required to know Irish Gaelic and many sporting events are announced in Irish Gaelic first, then English. Come expose your young language enthusiast to Irish Gaelic and who knows, perhaps take an important first step toward preparing them for that college semester in Ireland, or overseas job there one day!
Irish dance is inherently social. You may have found yourself at an Irish wedding, or perhaps seen online various clips of clever Irish dance sequences. Although Irish dance extends to being a serious competitive sport if your child's interests take them that far, let us give your child enough dance to be dangerous at a wedding or ceili (Irish dance). Never fear, if there are one or two just not interested in cutting rug, we have plans for them to be involved in our end-of-week performance in other ways.
While the camp will center largely around these areas, we will also be engaging with other local Irish organizations and experts for inputs around music, general learning, and other fun activities.
Your child should join the camp to experience a new country right here in Pittsburgh! Learn and play our sports, and dances, hear about our fables and language, make new friends and create lasting memories.
Ages: 6 - 14
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday June 18th – Friday June 22nd
Non-member fee: $300 ($255 for 2nd child, $210 for 3rd child*)
Member fee*: $240 ($210 for 2nd child, $180 for 3rd child*)
*Member is defined as someone signed up for the PGAA Youth Summer Program, or someone currently enrolled in a local Irish step-dancing school.
*2nd and 3rd child discounts are valid until May 1st, 2018
Robert Tierney, USGAA Games Development Officer
Marie Young, Irish Language Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Sheila Shovlin, Co-director, Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance
Mary Conroy, Co-director, The Burke-Conroy School of Irish Dance
For more information, contact Rob at (412) 478-2799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellation Policy: The camp is subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. In the event of cancellation, Pittsburgh GAA Youth will attempt to notify families in advance and refund the entire course fee. If a camper must cancel and cancellation is received 21 days prior to the class start date, you will receive a full refund (less a $20 non-refundable season registration fee). If cancellation is received less than 21 days, but at least seven days prior to the camp start date, you will receive a 50% refund of the camp cost. There is no refund for cancellations received less than seven days before the camp start date.