Review of the International Award Summer Camp at Taurupe
50 young people from Finland, Latvia, Luxembourgh, the Netherlands, the Philippines and the United States of America arrived to the International Award Summer Camp at Taurupe on Saturday. After registration and settling it was time for get-to-know games. The first day’s programme was designed to enabled participants to settle in and get acquainted with a new environment.
The second day started with an opening ceremony, during which the participants were greeted by the director of the Award in Latvia Agra Bērziņa and Award Coordinator in Latvia Jānis Supe. When the solemn event was over, young people played ice-breaking games and, at the same time, warmed up for non-traditional sports disciplines like towel-volleyball and rope trail.
In the end of the day was “Market of Cultures”, where representatives of each country presented their group. Local residents also took part in the event.
Day dedicated to Volunteering began with the first training course for an adventures journey. A special surprise and a great honor for participants was the arrival of Award Latvia patroness and ex-president of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga. At the beginning of the visit, patroness said an inspiring speech, and after it Award participants were invited to share their experience stories. Youngsters and Vaira Vike-Freiberga created “Good idea tree” for Award Latvia future.
The second part of the day was devoted to volunteering – cleaning up Taurupe elementary school’s basketball area and restoration of gymnastic bars.
After a long day participants had opportunity to relax and watch ovies. Film evening was organized by members of the Luxembourg, the Netherlands to the Philippines.
On the fourth day of the camp participants learned new skills: clay figure making, weaving, wreath making, rye bread baking, and horse riding. In the end of the day young people showed their talents at “Open microphone” show. It was a pleasure to watch how young people became friends, because the performances groups consisted of young people from different countries.
July 16 – the fifth day of the camp. The first part of the day was devoted to the preparation for adventurous journey; instructors taught how to organize things in backpack.
Once all members of the group were ready, young people started 12-kilometer trip to Plaužu lake, were it was supposed to build a tent city.
Camp photo-moments available at: https://www.facebook.com/awardLATVIA/photos_stream