Camping Leadership

The Camping Leader qualification is designed for the many thousands of volunteers, teachers and support staff who are involved in supervising groups at campsites who are not involved in running their daytime activities and do not intend to pursue a walking qualification. It is ideal for those involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Gaisce-the President’s Award and clubs and school groups. The skills covered apply to groups using commercial campsites as well as wild camping. No previous Mountain Training qualifications are necessary, just some personal experience of camping (five camps) and supervising camping (two camps).

People who already hold a Mountain Training walking leadership qualification can access the Camping Leader to qualify them to take groups camping in terrain within the scope of their walking qualification i.e. journey and camp as a Lowland Leader or a Hill and Moorland Leader. It could also be used by people with paddling or cycling leadership qualifications.

Bren Whelan is a master of low impact and true wilderness wild camping, having decades of experience in mountains, high and low across the globe. Combined with this, as an Advanced Leave No Trace educator, Bren combines all of his knowledge into making this a unique skills training course for those who are looking to complete the new Mountain Training Board of Ireland Camping Leader award.

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“As a former geology student I thought I knew a good bit about bearings etc., until I did the map reading with Bren! He made things so simple and useful and yet he also imparted a huge amount of knowledge. I am really grateful for his expertise and guidance which I was lucky to experience on the Lowland Leader course. ”

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Fiona Stapleton
Posted April 2022

“Did my ML assessment with Bren. He is a very knowledgeable man when it comes to all things in the mountains ; and the outdoors in general. Bren is very professional, and approachable and I learned a lot from him , even in an assessment environment. His passion for educating and the outdoors is inspiring. Brian”

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Brian Smith
Posted April 2022

“High level of professionalism and a thorough approach to all aspects. An encyclopaedia of the outdoors in many regards. Has been a pleasure to be amongst Bren’s enthusiasm and drive to educate all, with interest and awareness of the great outdoors.”

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Brendan Tyrrell
Posted March 2022

“Super weekend of training led by Bren. Learned so much in a very well managed and safe way. Thanks Bren for all the knowledge I have gained and the tips for taking the training forward.”

Carol O'Brady
Carol O'Brady
Posted February 2022

“Wonderful, challenging weekend walking & fine tuning navigation skills in the Urris hills & bogs of Inishowen, Donegal, under the watchful eye & excellent tuition of trainer Bren Whelan.”

Susanna Carr
Susanna Carr
Posted February 2022

“Fantastic family day climbing at Malin Head with Bren. He was so patient with everyone. The group ranged in age from 9 to 50+. A vast mixture of abilities and confidence levels was catered for with ease by the totally cool & unflappable Bren! Lots of very interesting information about the local area and the geology of Malin Head which added to the experience. I would thoroughly recommend Donegal Climbing for a fun and active day out.”

Teresa Downes
Teresa Downes
Posted September 2021

“A truly memorable experience with our wonderful guide and coach Bren Whelan! A professional in every way... knowledgeable, entertaining, friendly, excellent teacher enabling everyone to climb and ab-sail in a safe and fun environment! ... memories for a lifetime! Hope to meet again in the future Bren…. another climbing adventure on this beautiful Isle of ours!! ”

Katie O'Keeffe
Katie O'Keeffe
Posted August 2021

“Brendan was our instructor and this was one of the best activities I’ve taken part in in Ireland. We were pushed to try all the different climbs, and guided the whole way. The whole experience was professional but relaxed at the same time. Brendan was very knowledgeable about the area, meaning we learned a lot about the history of Malin Head. It was a fantastic day out, and I would highly recommend to anyone visiting malin Head.”

Saoirse Ankers
Saoirse Ankers
Posted August 2021

“Could not recommend enough. Highly knowledgeable and experienced guide. Brilliant days out.”

Chris McGivney
Chris McGivney
Posted August 2021
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