North Antrim girls: call for Michaela Foundation Summer Camp

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From 30th June to 4th July, St. Mary’s University College, Belfast will host County Antrim’s first Michaela Foundation Summer Camp for girls aged 11 to 13.

The Michaela Foundation was set up in memory of County Tyrone woman Michaela McAreavey who was murdered on honeymoon in Mauritius in 2011.

Michaela Foundation’s Summer Camps are tailor designed for girls aged 11- 13 with fun activities based on 5 core elements: Fun, Fashion, Faith, Irish and Wellbeing.

No two days at a Michaela Foundation Camp are the same. Each day is jam packed with fun activities in each of the five elements aiming to encourage Campettes to grow in confidence and ultimately lead a happy and fulfilled life without limits.

In addition to all of the treats the Campettes will make and bring home, each attendee will also receive a limited edition O’Neill’s summer camp jersey, unique to Michaela Campettes.

Under the direction of Head Camp Co-ordinators Orla McIntyre and Sarah Jane Maskey, the Antrim Team of volunteers met on Saturday 31st May in The Pump House restaurant Belfast to commence their preparations.

Michaela Foundation has received very impressive feedback from last year’s Campettes about their experience. One Campette said, “Awesome, extraordinary. The best thing I’ve ever done!”

Parents noticed the impact too, one parent posted on Facebook “Enrol your young girl - she will love it! Last year my daughter emerged much more mature and thoughtful.” Not to mention the benefits leaders’ obtain from participation, “I benefited greatly from the camp. I gained friends for life and skills that I can use time and time again. I also gained so much confidence.

John McAreavey from Michaela Foundation said, “We are delighted to be able to spread the camp to even more venues this summer. “We are particularly excited to bring the Michaela Foundation Camp experience to Belfast, Mayo, Dublin and Kildare for the first time!

“The Tyrone camp reached full capacity within 12 hours of commencing registration last year, demonstrating the great demand for places. We have a great team of almost 400 trained Camp volunteers who we know will inspire the Campettes. I would encourage people to sign up soon, as places will go fast.”

Camp runs from 9.15am to 3.45pm each day.

To sign up for Camp or to find more information, visit