Winter Holiday Camps 2021: What does a day at camp look like?
In line with the season, we will be running Winter Themed Multi-Activity Day Camps during the upcoming winter holidays of all key international and Dutch schools in The Hague. There will be a full and varied programme of exciting activity workshops for your child to choose from throughout the week, so they’ll be able to try something new and different every day! But what does a day at camp look like? Read on to find out!
At camp, we enjoy a range of organised sports and/or activities each day. Children are grouped according to their age, enabling the complexity, subject and length of each activity to be designed for the different age groups. Explorers are typically 4-6 or 7 years Great Adventurers from 7 or 8 to 12 years, and whilst the Explorers are gently guided in their choices and options, the Adventurers have more control over the shape of their day.
Upon arrival, your child will enjoy free play and a wholesome breakfast option to ensure they have energy for the day ahead! Breakfast options range from tasty cereals with milk, yoghurt and fruits to healthy pancakes. Once all children have arrived, we settle down and hold a morning meeting to discuss the plans and activities for the day, allowing children to express their preferences or share their ideas.
Following the meeting, we dive straight into the first activity! Looking forward to the year ahead, the Explorers will make and decorate a colourful calendar which they can take home to use throughout 2022. Meanwhile, the Adventurers will decorate their own mug! The sky is the limit as campers can use their imagination to draw any pattern or design in their favourite colours!
Next up – lunch time! On the menu today is delicious spaghetti and homemade meatballs cooked in a tomato sauce served with corn and parmigiano cheese. After lunch, a free play session allows children to relax and engage in their choice of quiet activity, on their own or with friends. Usually children choose to play with Lego or Kapla, try their hand at jigsaw puzzles, drawing, reading or simply chilling out on the comfy pillows. The Explorers have a longer period of free play before joining the next session.
For the day's second activity the Explorers will make cute and cuddly Polar Bear crafts, ranging from a cardboard finger puppet to a fuzzy polar bear face. Our Adventurers will make beautiful marble greetings cards, enabling them to explore colour theory and learn a fun technique. The activities are followed by a light afternoon snack of fresh fruit and vegetable crudités with a drink to keep our busy campers going until the end of the day.
At the end of the day, we come together and enjoy outdoor sports and recreational activities. Some of our favourite games are hide and seek, playing with hula hoops, scooters and bikes or even creating our own games. This is a time for campers to come together to be creative and blow off some steam – and our camp leaders like to take part too! As some of the early pick ups start, all children have a choice of continuing with a planned activity or playing with some of the toys and games put out for their use. Outside play is always one of the choices on offer.
Every day, there are also regular toilet breaks, hand washing and so on, which are not specified in detail below. We also always make sure that fresh water is available throughout the day for all the children. We will also go on exciting field trips once a week - destinations are currently TBD.