Camp program 2019

Program variety

The main emphasis is on variety. The daily routine is understandably regular, but games and activities change every day. We keep an eye on the balance between physical and intellectual activities, between active and passive free time, or competing and improving language skills. We don't leave children to do their own thing too often, because we know that they get bored quickly and easily, which is not why they are here. The most important aspect of our interaction with children is getting them to know that they use English unconsciously. For native speakers of English we want to provide a positive multicultural experience and an opportunity to discover more about linguistic diversity.

Main camp game

The link between each of the camp's ten days is the game. It's called TEN DAYS IN SCOTLAND. The participants of our camps are already used to the fact that we are always in one of the English speaking countries and we get to know its life and customs. After having visited England, Australia, Hollywood, Scotland, New York, the British Asian empire, London, having driven across the USA, visited the Tasmanian devil, accepted an invitation to the Emerald Isle, saddled up with cowboys on the open plains of Texas, experienced Hawaiian luaus and volcanoes, and last year we admired the elegant beauty of Sally's glory Route 66, and this year we are coming back to Great Britain and its stony north. Let us introduce Scotland to you again. We will start off with its rich history, filled with fights against the Dutch and British. Then we will divide into clans, which will be competing against one another until the end of the camp. Did you know that one of the very important roles in the life of Scottish clans was the bard? Still, whoever isn’t interested in poetry can exchange their sharp tongue for a saber as a member of the horseback-riding clan, or build one of the inaccessible fortresses the Scottish are known for. A close parallel to the traditional war games are our modern sports. Will you prefer rugby or golf? Some of the best clubs in the world are in Scotland. Which football team will support in Glasgow, Celtic or Rangers? We will learn how to dance the 12 basics steps of traditional Scottish dance and we will also find out more about Scottish bagpipes that are different from the ones Czechs use in the area of Chodsko. The truly Scottish music group is formed from violin, accordion, flute, piano, and contra-bass. Speaking of the skirts, do you know how to wear a kilt? It’s good to know that they do not have any pockets, so all your valuables must go into the sporran – hopefully they can fit! Next, pull up your knee-high socks and do not forget to put your traditional
sgin dubh dagger into the right one – who knows, it might be useful. If you don’t have any exception, like the Scottish dancers or sportsman have, be careful to wear your kilt correctly and bear in mind the incident that befell the Scottish soldier during the last ceremonial flag removal in Hong Kong. While taking down the flag, his kilt was met with a rather larger gust of wind. The nation of brave Highlanders will invite us to climb the Scottish Highlands that are prevalent throughout the country. The mountain people must show their physical strength, which will be another task for us. If that isn’t enough for anyone we will let him taste the real Scottish specialty, not whiskey, but Hajjis. Do you know how to prepare that? Well let’s not be impatient. If we were, we surely wouldn’t find famous Nessie in a loch. Nessie doesn’t let just anyone see her, but we will visit her at depth. Will we discover her secret?

The ones who will come with us will never regret it, because together with traditional camp games and competitions there are always some new ones and unusual ones. We want everyone to get something special so the realisation of the games is always guaranteed by the English speaking instructors and the Czech staff. The main aim of the games is to inconspicuously support language skills development, naturally flowing communication, and learning competencies that will be used in conversations on trips abroad and as the time goes at the English Graduation Exam.

Daily program

What do children need to take for themselves? Suitable clothing for the camp's daily program, a swimming suit, a table tennis paddle, maybe a guitar for singing at the campfire, and glitter for the disco – all of these things will certainly be useful during the camp. Each morning the children will eat breakfast together and afterwards will set off with their leaders to the morning activities. During this time they will learn all the important vocabulary and facts about that day's main event. It's not just a boring lecture – it's great fun. They will play many sports as well. Because we care about the balance between mental and physical activities, we offer many different sports that are suitable for everyone. Throughout these activities the children are, of course, using English as their primary spoken language. After lunch there is a rest period which is just the right time for relaxing in the pleasant shade of their cabins or watching their favourite movie. Afterwards there is a short afternoon meeting where everybody learns about the rest of the day's program – so that straightaway a full afternoon of Scottish-style adventure can begin. Mysterious legends of monsters from the Loch Ness await us. Will we be able to solve their riddles? Finally, in the evening there is a discussion of the day's activities related to the camp game and then everyone is ready for a disco, movie, campfire, or any number of interesting and fun activities. This is why the children will return home full of new skills, many beautiful memories, and the experience of a true bilingual camp.

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