Update 25th March: Gaisce Defence Forces Adventure Challenge 2020

Update 25th March 2020 

Due to the ever-evolving situation as Ireland responds to Covid -19, the upcoming ‘Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge 2020’ due to take place from June 2nd-5th has unfortunately been cancelled. There may be an alternative date rescheduled for 2020, but we cannot confirm this presently.  All submissions received by the application deadline will be eligible for any new dates considered for 2020.  

The application process remains open here until the previously agreed closing date of the 3rd April 2020. Those who have submitted an application already should await further information from Gaisce later in the year.  

The Defence Forces Challenge has proudly been run in conjunction with Gaisce and the Defence Forces for the past 33 years and we look forward to it being held again in the future.  If you have any questions or wish to withdraw your application, please contact Niall Barrett niall@gaisce.ie 

“The second day we went to the Curragh to do an obstacle course. It was great because our team really bonded that day” – Defence Forces Participant 2019

The Challenge involves 4 days and 3 nights of activities led by the Defence Forces. The Challenge can be used to fulfil the Bronze Award Adventure Journey. The Challenge is not eligible to fulfil the Silver Adventure Journey.


Approximately 30-35 young people are selected to complete their Defence Forces Adventure Challenge taking part in outdoor pursuits, aerial runways, zip wires, river crossings, obstacle courses, hiking and survival skills.

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