Camp program 2021

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 CALIFORNIA. 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, we admired the elegant glory of Route 66, and we learned the 12 steps of traditional Scottish dance. This year we will examine in detail the richest state of the USA. It is called the Golden State, not only because of its wealth, but also because of the San Francisco Golden Gate and the yellow flowering sunflowers. The motto of the state is "Eureka" [Eureka, I discovered], and it basically paraphrases Archimedes' old motto for the discovery of gold. In September 2020, it was exactly 170 years since CALIFORNIA became the 31st US state. The Americans originally wanted to buy it from Mexico, but eventually won it in the war. The Mexican-American War increased the territory of the United States almost double. The Americans fought the Mexicans between 1846 and 1848. Despite facing numerous obstacles, they eventually won and the gained large territory from Mexico. The states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California were created from it. It was in California that the Americans soon discovered rich gold deposits. The gold rush began. Although Mexicans found gold in several places in southern California as early as the 1930s, they obviously knew nothing about the gold deposits discovered in the 1950s and 1960s. It was truly a turning point in American history. The desire for gold has attracted to California not only for Americans, but also for tens of
thousands of people from Latin America, Europe, Australia and China. The struggle for this mineral wealth was really fierce, it meant the transformation of the landscape, the exploitation of indigenous tribes, Asian workers and miners, as well as the loss of lives and the impoverishment of people who fell into the gold rush. Thanks to the gold rush, although some people got rich, more failed. The gold rush attracted new settlers to California, cities emerged, and California began to change. California is still one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. In Silicon Valley you will find technology giants and in Hollywood you will find the center of world cinematography. "We're from the future, we're from California," said Fred Terner, a professor at Stanford University. California wants to lead by example, is open to new ideas and is not afraid to be the first. It was there that the flower movement – the Hippie style – began to spread in the 1960s. In 2003, they elected Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor, and recently adopted an even stricter bill to protect the environment. Among other things, California will ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035. In 15 years, you can only buy a car there that operates on electricity or hydrogen. Perhaps also for a completely new revolutionary emission-free drive, for example, at the University of Berkeley, its graduates and researchers won a total of 66 Nobel Prizes, 9 Wolf Prizes, 7 Fields Medals, 12 Turing Prizes, 19 Oscars and 11 Pulizer Prizes. So come on, let's discover the past and future of California, stroll through Beverly Hills, admire the huge blue Mono Lake and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and discover the boulders and cutting-edge technology of Silicon Valley – an area that is literally a unique laboratory of information technologies, aerospace and space industry! Let's experience the glory of the movie screen, at least for a while, and explore the wildlife

in Yosemite National Reserve! California is waiting to welcome us, as did millions of newcomers before! 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 straightaway a full afternoon of American-style adventure can begin. An inexhaustible number of experiences awaits us in California. Let's explore the area that Californians call "the most beautiful meeting of land and sea," an area where dense redwood forests give way to cypress groves and rocky shores slope into the foamy ocean! Let's discover famous places, unique technologies of the future and the harsh reality of the Wild West! 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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