Camp program 2017

Program variety

The main emphasis is on variety. Daily routine is understandably regular, but games and activities change every day. We keep an eye on the balance between physical and intellectual activities and between active and passive free time or competing and improving language skills. We don't leave children to their passivity, 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 HAWAII. 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, last year we saddled up with cowboys on the open plains of Texas, this year we will go deep into the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where from the sea floor, has grown the highest mountain on earth. Indeed - from the seabed these monsters are lifted to a height even the Himalayas would be envy of. The tops of these giants rise above the sea surface as the Hawaiian Islands. This natural phenomenon owes its existence to volcanic activity, which continues today. It is so significant that the name "Hawaiian Eruption" refers to any eruption in the world where lava pours slowly in such enormous amounts! How can we play on a Hawaiian volcano? All will be revealed in the summer with one exciting spectacle after another. However, it remains to be seen what will catch our emotions more, the wide flow of the slowly spreading hot lava, brave surfers riding atop large waves, fighter pilots from the aircraft carriers of World War II or the sweet melodies drifting to the sun beds under the palm trees? Hawaii awakens all our senses and ideas for attractive games as if they were jumping from the hot sand. Did you know that Honolulu is the largest air traffic hub for the Pacific? How challenging is air traffic control; dispatching and flying a plane; a flight of thousands of kilometers over the ocean and what would you do during an emergency landing at sea? This is only a selection of the games which the Hawaiian theme offers.
While preparing the camp game, the interesting history of the islands and their inhabitants can´t escape our attention. We will become the explorer James Cook, who, in the attempt to rule the Hawaiian natives, paid with his life. The Islanders, despite the partial defeat, managed to maintain their independenceb from Britain and France, and even became the first kingdom in the Pacific Ocean gaining international recognition of their sovereignty! Only American entrepreneurs managed turn over the Hawaiian kingdom and unite the archipelago with the United States, still the 50th state today, which they apologised for a century later. Because of this, Americans had a conflict with the Japanese, even almost half a century before the Japanese attack on the major US naval base at Pearl Harbor. And we cannot miss this at camp! This most tragic defeat in American history meant the US entered into World War II and opened a series of battles at sea and in the air, which the Hawaiian Islands witnessed as the back drop. However, we are definitely not a camp of warriors, and thus the last word will belong to, as always, how we will cooperate together, how we appreciate one another and treat each other with respect and for these reasons we look forward to what new friendships will bring us through meeting people from other cities and countries. The Hawaiian Islands are the perfect inspiration - their inhabitants today represent a diverse mix of indigenous natives and people from almost all over the world. 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 clothes for the camp's daily program, a swimming suit, racket for table tennis, 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 stage. It's not just a boring lecture – it's big 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 – which starts like this – the Earth trembles with a volcanic eruption, we set sail on the sea, and when we sink the enemy aircraft carrier, we produce colorful floral necklaces absorbing the atmosphere of the wonderful party on the beach of Waikiki bay. Finally, in the evening there is a discussion of the day's stage of the camp play and then everyone is ready for a disco, movie, a 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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