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Campfire Cooking:

Age

Duration*

Groups split in half and are given different responsibilities – one team collects firewood and builds a fire while the other group prepare bread, baked apples and chocolate bananas to cook over the flames.  Ideally suited to evenings. 

6+

1 Session

Canoeing:

 

 

Participants are introduced to basic canoe strokes through games and activities while paddling either single or catamaran-style canoes at Castlewellan Lake.  

Canoe expeditions (extended or all-day only) and B.C.U. Star trainings and assessments can also be booked in advance.

Canoeing is an Offsite Session

6+

1 Session

Activity Tower: (New to 2011)

 

 

  • The Gladiator ChallengeHave you got the nerve to take on our challenging course of poles, nets and tyres and find out just how much stamina you've got? Our qualified instructors will be there to guide you every step of the way
  • Leap of Faith Either singly or as a team of two – climb to the top of the wobbly pole to stand on the (very small) platform on top. Once there, take a leap of faith to grab the trapeze bar before swinging and being lowered to the ground.
  • High all AboardAs a team of two, three or four - climb the wobbly pole to stand on the ‘bird-table’ on top. It doesn’t stop there though. Once on top, hold hands and lean back to the full extent of your arms..., then let go!
  • Zipline – Participants climb the inside of the tower to the platform before being harnessed in and zipping down the wire rope through the forest.   
  • Crate Stacking  - As a team of two or three, build a tower of crates as high as you can. As usual, there’s a twist to the tale – you’ll be constructing from a platform and will rise with it.

 

 

1 Session

Climbing/Abseiling: 

 

 

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber our Climbing Tower (New to 2011) and Wall will provide a real challenge.  We have a variety of climbing facilities which are both in door and out.  We now offer ALL our climbing and abseiling activities on–site.

6+

1 Session

 

1 Session

 

2 Sessions

Community Relations:

 

 

Our workshops are designed to meet the needs of the participants and to start the process of addressing issues of difference, division and conflict. 

6+

1 Session

Drums:

 

 

Drum workshops are about letting people find their own rhythms and fun through rhythm events. The group will start with some simple rhythm games, moving onto different kinds of percussion toy games.

6+

1 Session

Forest Bivi:

 

 

Learn how to construct a shelter which you will sleep in overnight in the forested area close to the centre.  We can provide sleeping bags and bivi bags for this activity and can also provide a basic camp craft session alongside e.g outdoor cooking.  We also look at the impact camping has on the local environment.  This activity is generally available April – September Only

6+

1 Session

Games and Mini Olympics and The Greenhill Challenge:

 

 

Games and Mini Olympics takes place on the football pitch onsite and provides the group a number of activities to get through in a specific time limit.  The smaller groups have to compete against each other in order to find out the overall champions.

 

The Greenhill Challenge combines elements of Initiatives, Orienteering, Aerial Runway and Low Level Ropes.  Group members form teams and compete against each other in a series of tasks, earning points not only for succeeding but also for demonstrating skills such as teamwork and communication.  Ideal for groups with numbers exceeding 20.

 

Both sessions are a great way to introduce new group members, teamwork and communication skills.

6+

1 Session

Ropes Courses

 

 

We offer various ropes course challenges for all ages and abilities. 

 

If you’re looking for that Team Challenge experience then try our Hexagon Course.  This adventurous activity is suitable for all ages. You and your team will progress through our course, working together to problem solve, taking risks, developing leadership and communication skills. 

 

For that more individual stomach churning experience then our aerial assault course is the ideal adrenaline rush.  Similar to our hexagon course, this aerial assault course has the added challenge of being suspended fifteen feet above the ground.  It is designed to encourage a sense of self-confidence through overcoming fears.

12+

1 Session

Initiatives: 

Age

Duration*

This activity is recommended for groups focussed on team building.  Participants learn cooperative skills by engaging in mental and physical games designed to build trust, self-esteem and individual and group skills.

 

  • Temporary Initiatives: These can be moved to any area onsite or indoors
  • Permanent Initiatives: These can be combined with the temporary initiatives as a complete session or run as a separate half session.  They employ the same objectives but utilize the permanent structures onsite.

 

 

 

 

6+

 

12+

½ Session

Laser Tag Games – New to 2011

 

 

This can be used as a fun activity or a challenging team building activity where participants complete challenging courses within the forest area.

It’s similar to paint balling but without the paint (or pain!)

6+

1 session

Mountain Walk:

 

 

Explore the beauty and history of the surrounding Mourne Mountains through a daylong walk into areas such as Devil’s Coach Road, The Brandy Pad, The Mourne Wall, Silent Valley, Ben Crom Reservoir and Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’ s highest peak.  Difficulty is adjusted to suit the needs of individual groups.  The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training and residential experiences can also be booked in advance.

 

Mountain Walk is an Offsite Session

6+

2 Sessions

Blind Trail:

 

 

Participants must use imagination, touch teamwork and communication skills instead of sight to weave their way around various obstacles and challenges throughout the Greenhill site – blindfolded

6+

1 Session (Evening)

Forest Walk:

 

 

Guided by one of our experienced instructors, Groups follow forest trails in the lower hills of the Mourne Mountains.  With numerous trails this activity can offer everything to everyone.  Whether you’re a young person or adult looking for a gentle stroll or a more active hike this activity has it all.  For added measure there is also the stunning views of Newcastle and Dundrum Bay.

6+

1 Session (Evening)

Orienteering: New to 2011

 

 

  • Onsite: - Learn the skill of reading a map and finding your way around Greenhill’s New Orienteering Courses. We have 3 new courses to suit all abilities and we have also a set of electronic controls which can be used – they are proving to be very popular this year!

 

  • Offsite - Orienteering is also offered at Castlewellan Lake or Tollymore Forest but is more suited to older age groups with previous experience.

6+

½ Session – 1 Session

 

 

 

1 Session

Parachute Games:

 

 

With a similar team building focus to Initiatives, a session of Parachute Games involves cooperation, trust, communication and fun!

6+

½ Session

Raft Building:

 

 

Participants work in teams to construct rafts using ropes, barrels and logs, then race each other across Castlewellan Lake.

This activity is available April – September Only and is an Offsite Session

12+

1 Session

Scavenger Hunt and Wayfinding:

 

 

Scavenger Hunt: Groups work in pairs or teams to race around the centre, finding various items and pieces of information. 

Wayfinding: These involve a wide range of activities all involving finding ways and routes around a course or area.

6+

1 Session

Search and Evacuation:

Age

Duration*

Participants role-play an emergency rescue situation in the nearby “wilderness”.  Teamwork, communication and basic navigation and first aid techniques are utilised to recover and evacuate a “casualty”. Emphasis is placed on the importance of a positive mental attitude and a team effort when solving problems.

12+

1 Session

           

 

Key:

Duration*:

Sessions are split into morning, afternoon and evening. 

1 session can be covered by 2x½ sessions e.g. Archery and Orienteering

2 sessions runs over the complete day

 

Onsite/Offsite Sessions:

There will be an extra charge for our offsite sessions.  E.g. Canoeing at Castlewellan Lake.

Onsite sessions takes place within the grounds of Greenhill YMCA.

         

Weather Dependent/External factors:

Activities cannot be guaranteed when you arrive at the centre and may have to be changed due to weather or other circumstances.

 

Group Ratios:

For safety reasons we prefer to keep group numbers to a maximum of 10 for most of the activities.  This includes any leaders (unless qualified in the particular activity, and certificates presented).  Please speak to the Group Co-Ordinator.

 

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