Get to know the people behind Activ8 Camp

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Shaun Conaghan: Co- Founder of Activ8 Camp

Shaun is a proud Donegal man and comes from a small fishing village on the coastline called Killybegs. However, he is most at home getting active in the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He enjoys playing team sports such as Gaelic football, soccer, basketball and runs 800m track events competitively for Clonliffe Harriers AC. He has a love of travel and has visited over 50 countries, if he is not climbing trees with goats or meeting interesting new people he can likely be found challenging himself to scale the highest mountain of each new place he visits.

Shaun is extremely passionate that our decisions about what foods we put into our bodies and making time for an active lifestyle is the most important decision we make every single day to make us healthier, happier and prevent chronic disease. He is concerned at worrying statistics about how increasingly inactive and unhealthy Irish children are becoming and wants to change this trend. He feels education intervention at primary level is crucial to empower children to make informed lifestyle decisions now. He cites the nutritional work of Dr. Michael Greger MD as a major influence.

Shaun has event management experience at the highest level working in various roles as manager of Killybegs Foroige youth community partnership, Student’s Union President and event coordinator to our 3500 students in St. Patrick’s College DCU and in his role with industry leader, MCD Productions. He is Co- founder of Donegal Dragons breast cancer rowing team. The team is now recommended by Letterkenny Oncology Unit’s specialist Dr. Sugrue as a “psychological and physical follow on treatment” for cancer survivors. The Donegal Dragons team have competed at national and international events and has breast cancers survivors from all over the country.

Shaun has 10 years experience as a classroom teacher working across all age levels and has worked with school children researching the impact processed and high sugar foods have on our well being and facilitates children to experience the instant benefits of switching to a whole food diet with a particular emphasis on plant based foods. The children’s work and experiences has been in national papers, RTE news and has been exhibited in sciences fair. Shaun is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of getting active and looks forward to working with his close friend Pauric to bring the Activ8 Message to children all over the country.

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shaun conaghan

Pauric Bolton: Co- Founder of Activ8 Camp

Pauric is an avid sportsman and enjoys playing and following every type of sport including Gaelic Football, soccer and rugby. He has represented his club Killeshin GAA for over twenty five years in all grades and still continues to play for their senior team. Pauric takes pleasure in spending time in nature and the outdoors and enjoys hiking and cycling in both Ireland and abroad. Pauric comes from a very musical family and he is the Co-Founder of the Bolton School of Music where he teaches and plays the violin, guitar and banjo.
Pauric has almost 10 years primary teaching experience and loves working with young people. He recently completed a Masters of Education in the area of Positive Behaviour Management and he is currently an Assistant Principal in St Fiacc’s N.S Carlow. Pauric coaches Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and rounders in his school and he is also the ICT Co-ordinator for over 580 students. He is always keen to use ICT to enhance the teaching and learning experience of his students.

Pauric is passionate about the importance of physical education and feels that a positive outlook on physical activity can be fostered at an early age. He is a member of the Irish Primary PE Association (IPPEA) that continues to promote quality physical education and activity nationwide. He is also a facilitator for the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) who are currently rolling out the Move Well, Move Often programme which aims to enhance the physical literacy of all primary school children through Fundamental Movement Skills.

Pauric has over 12 years experience managing Summer Camps for a large Multinational Company. He is delighted to have Shaun as a friend and a business partner and feels that together they have the enthusiasm and skill set to make Activ8 Camps a huge success.

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pauric bolton

Let’s Meet The Activ8 Team

Experienced, Qualified & Caring Teacher Led Staff

At Activ8 Camp we believe that your children deserve the very best.

At Activ8 Camp we believe that your children deserve the very best.
That’s why, with over three decades of experience and expertise in education, event management and summer camps you can trust our skilled team to deliver an action packed summer experience that will leave your child with memories to last a lifetime.

Our staff are highly qualified and have vast experience working with and developing young people. Our camp leaders are primary and secondary school teachers with further qualifications and expertise in drama, art, Physical education and Music. Our coaches are qualified and accredited to the highest national standard.

 

Shaun Conaghan B.Ed
Activ8 Camp Director
Vast managerial and event organisation experience in executive roles as:

Students’ Union President of St. Patrick’s College,

Manager of Killybegs Community Branch of Foroige and

PR and Marketing Role with MCD Productions.

10 years classroom teacher experience across all age levels.

Bachelor Degree in Education.

Diploma in Event Management and PR accredited by Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

9 years experience as a guitar tutor.

6 years experience managing summer camps and large scale children trip and community based events.

Co- Founder of Donegal Dragon Boat Team for Cancer Survivors.

Director of St. Patrick’s College Foundation fund.

President and founder of the “Inspire” charity which fundraised €82,252 to improve patient comfort for Donegal Cancer patients in a single gala ball event.

Pauric Bolton B.Ed, M.Ed
Activ8 Camp Director
Masters of Education in the area of Positive Behaviour Management.

Eleven years experience of managing Corporate summer Camps for a large multinational company.

Assistant Principal of St Fiacc’s National School, Carlow.

Primary School Teacher with over eight years experience teaching all ages.

Co Founder and Manager of the Bolton School of Music, Carlow.

National committee member of Irish Primary Physical Education Association.

Active lifestyle and ICT coordinator in St. Fiacc’s National School

Guitar and violin tutor with over fifteen years teaching experience.

Coaching courses completed in Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and rounders.

Funded the building of 3 classrooms in the disadvantaged region of Jasikan in Ghana, through event fundraising efforts.

Michelle Phelan
Arts and Crafts/ Drama Co-ordinator
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Shane Ryan
Sports and Games co-ordinator at Activ8 Camps
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Yvonne Bolton
Music Coordinator of Activ8 Camp