It’s the fourth summer the Romanian Scout and Guide Fellowship organizes camps for grandparents and little children. We do not really sleep in tents (there is a chalet there and someone does the cooking). But we teach the participants the principles and skills of scouting and they seem to enjoy all the activities very much.
We generally have scouting activities in the morning: putting up a tent and packing it; building a simple shelter in the woods; building a tiny raft from small branches and launching it on the mountain creek in the area (an enjoyable way of learning about knots); a short hike on the mountain; orienteering and treasure hunt; making a camp fire and preparing a quick snack. In the afternoon we have creativity workshops like painting, modelling, sewing and lots of games or sports. In the evenings we do some star gazing; very short night hike; night games and disco. That’s the basic framework which is very flexible.
This summer we introduced some ‘white water rafting’, a zip-line (aerial ropeslide) and a football contest and everyone enjoyed these activities a lot. Although we originally organized these activities for grandparents and children, there are more and more parents willing to attend, so there is a wide age span in our camp. The youngest age we accept is 3; no upper limit! We were 14 adults (parents or grandparents) and 24 children. We consider it a kind of family scouting.
We are having a second camp in August – this time more than half of the participants will be there for the first time and the children who have attended three or even four camps so far will be their instructors for the scouting activities or for the creativity workshops. We’ll see what happens!'
Our Fellowship needs to gain more members and by organizing such activities we sure have more visibility.