Friday, August 17, 2012

Kid's camp 2012

This year's Kid's camp (for the kids in our various projects) was possibly even better than last year's. We only had a team of 6 who came to help from Finland (last year it was 26!), but we had a LOT more local volunteers, and many more children (almost 60), so we ended up at around 80 people again. The theme of this year's camp was "Ti si Dragocjen" ("You are precious") and each child (and adult!) was made to feel that way throughout the camp!

The camp was held once again in the lovely location of Bardaca lake about an hour from Banja Luka, although we were so busy we didn't really have a lot of time to enjoy the scenery ;-)
Here are most of the Finnish team: Mirkku, Krista, Sanni, Tuukka and Noomi (only Minna is missing) with Ruut and Rebekka, two of Rami, my teammate's daughters: Yes, only one guy, Tuukka, but he did a great job, as did the rest of the team:
So, what happened on camp? We started each day with Neven leading morning gymnastics...
The day was filled with fun activities: but even during free time there was lots to do: Volleyball:
Table tennis:
 Or for those of a more sedentary nature: drawing and colouring:
Every morning the rooms were inspected and given a grade out of 5: The bottom four were the tents... And the lowest grade went to the Finnish team - not really leading by example at all! ;)
We had bible stories from Sinisa and others: (along with lots of good dramas and acting!)
And there was LOTS and LOTS of singing, led by Rami and I, including a song Rami wrote in Finnish which we then translated as the camp theme song "Vrlo Dragocjen" (Very Precious).
Each day ended with a fantastic time around the campfire (and this year we actually had a campfire thanks to Sinisa!)
At the campfire, we had a lot of fun: and I managed to fulfill my acting aspirations (for the first time in Serbian/Bosnian!) in two dramas which I remembered from my childhood camping experiences: below is our version of "Mommy, mommy, I broke my arm" which went down soooo well: In the other we did a version of "21 today" in which David killed me off... And the kids LOVED that one too!!
And we also had some games: Here is balloon dancing musical chairs...
And after the campfire, I organised fun and games for my room while waiting for everyone to finish showering before lights out: here is Snjeza trying to find the others in "Chorova Baba" ("blind granny"):
And here is the whole mob :-) It was a great room, and we had a deal: fun and games until lights out and then silence and sleep... and it worked (well mostly!)
Each day there were different workshops for the kids to take part in. Here the art workshop, run by Tanja and Tanja, are showing some of the things that they did, including life size pictures of themselves (they had to lie on the paper and someone drew round them, and then they did the rest!):

 Rami's workshop: "Robin Hood" was making a bow and arrow and then learning how to shoot it:
 Here is Ljilja testing one out:
And all of the kids showing how it is done:
The dance workshop doing their thing:
There was also a sport workshop which was run by Neven (thanks to Tanja for the pic of them showing their pyramid!):
And I ran a music workshop: We made shakers out of bottles, a lovely workshop banner, and learnt to sing a "Seek ye first" (in the local language) in a round:
But I am most proud of the fact that we actually made up a lovely song for us to sing called "Dosli smo na kamp" (We came to Camp*) which we then taught to the whole camp:
The food was phenomenal, and the cook, Ankica (one of the moms) really outdid herself. Ljilja also organised for us to get donations of juice and chocolate which went down well with the kids!

One of the days we had a "surprise" and it was a PiƱata! It took a LONG time to break which was actually great as each child got at least 2 goes at it! Here is little Senija having a go:
On the last day we had an "adventure" which summarised everything we learnt on camp: Here they are drawing a portrait of themselves with their noses (and there is a Bible verse about how precious they are to God already written on the paper!!)
We learnt about how to deal with our feelings so Tanja had them guessing which face went with which feelings:
Irena had them guessing which kind of touches were "red light" (not good) and which were "green light" (good):
And Dragana had them look into the treasure box to see themselves in the mirror and realise that "you are the biggest treasure":
There were a couple of other "stations" and each group went round the course and then ended up with me until all the rest of the groups finished... so yes, I entertained an ever-expanding group for almost an hour and half... Singing, Simon says, and other different games...  It was fun, but I was happy when I was done ;-)

Camp would not be the same without our camp mascot, the Kaaikenen's dog "Pyry" (the y is like a oo sound): Here he is with Emina, one of the volunteer moms:
We are all just so grateful that everything went off without a hitch and that no one got hurt! Everyone had a great time and all the kids are already asking "is there going to be a camp next year?"!!

*English translation of the song: "We came to camp, so we could hang out together, and learn a lot from lovely people. It is fun here while we play, singing good songs glorifying God - because He is with us wherever we may be, and He thinks that we are all precious!!"

1 comment:

Shilo said...

Yeah! So happy for the report and that God provided strength and vision for such a memorable week for the kids!

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