Camp program 2020

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 AUSTRALIA. 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 last year we learned the 12 steps of traditional Scottish dance. This year we are coming back to AUSTRALIA, to the opposite side of the globe, to the Land Down Under. Let's set out on a journey of discovery as James Cook did before. We will embark for a sightseeing tour of the smallest continent in the world by gathering up many pieces of history and culture, as well as experiencing for example the dazzling spectacle from the Sydney Opera House. It wouldn't be the best trip to Australia if we didn't meet any indigenous Australian animals, such as kangaroos, koala bears, emus or the huge birds called casuars. And of course, who doesn't know the famous little clown fish, from the animated Disney film, who searched for his son Nemo, and also lives in the Great Coral Reef. But do you know the Tasmanian Devil, who previously lived all over Australia? After all, this striking, last predatory marsupial is dangerously close to extinction, a fate which already happened to its larger relative Thylacine past century. The fate of these animals warns of humans’ ruthlessness. Therefore, it is now very important to support the protection of the rare natural environment in which we see endangered animals, such as the platypus and the last egg-laying mammal the echidna. Now Australia, with its invasion of rabbits and livestock, is a perfect example
of how this can disrupt the natural balance and how difficult, and sometimes futile, the human effort may be to restore it. However, Australia today represents not only beautiful countryside, but also rich cultural traditions and colorful life in modern cities. By the way, almost everyone knows that Sydney is the largest city, even though it is not the capital city of Australia. It is here in Sydney that we find the most famous work of modern Australian architecture, a unique opera house built according to the "blossoming of an orange", as well as the famous Harbor Bridge. Perhaps now, the wandering sheep shearers are only a memory in the world-famous, unofficial Australian anthem, Waltzing Matilda, which contrasts with the current culture of the people down under. Even now we can still learn from the seemingly primitive life of the Australian Aborigines, or at least for a while chill out to the drifting melancholy sounds of the didgeridoo while looking at cave paintings known as Dreamtime.

So let's start our adventure! Let's dress and body paint ourselves as the original inhabitants, the Aborigines, did in the past, make boomerangs, and make a painting in the caves. Let’s celebrate the traditional Australia Day and play a match in the unusual games of netball and lawnball. 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 Australian-style adventure can begin. We can look forward to coral seas, rich savannas and arid deserts, cute budgies and other parrots known for their thousands of colors, but also dangerous crocodiles and snakes. We will also recreate the voyages of James Cook, the gold rush, sheep shearing, diving among the sharks, and cricket, Australia's favorite sport. 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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