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Training for Camp Instructors - Towards Common Standard
Start date: May 31, 2016, End date: Nov 29, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Background- European context:This project is a part of wider and long-term international cooperation within particular programme area "YMCA Camps in Europe- Towards Common Standards". Youth and children camps are one of those forms of activities where the educational values and principles of healthy living can be implemented in an attractive and safe way. YMCA Setubal is one of these associations, which has worked out methodology of running summer camps, training camp staff and volunteers. In Europe there are many more organizations with long camping tradition, elaborated excellent training systems and high camp standards, recognized by communities. However, in most cases they work separately. This project is a very important step for joining g capacities: a group of camp instructors will be trained within a common system. YMCA Setubal is well placed to be the host of this project: has a very good camping site and committed young leaders who want to cooperate with their colleagues from other countries. Presently, not all European YMCA movements can boast of developed camp activities or own facilities. The analysis of situation in the Balkans and some YMCA movements in Eastern Europe shows that despite a significant demand for camping services, the YMCA associations are not able to enter the market with a sufficiently strong offer. The main drawbacks are lack of longer camping tradition, weak marketing, insufficient administrative skills and qualified instructors. It is important in the project that the system of training the camp instructors and programme for camps, will be worked out via this project are complementary with the formal education, learning and teaching systems in partner countries - inter-connection between factor is very important. Objectives of the project:- setting regular cooperation between the associations with a purpose setting common standards of camping systems to achieve synergy effect- creation of a training system that could be adopted by various YMCA movements- equalizing and increasing opportunities: the project itself is a good opportunity for youth associations that don't have long traditions of organizing youth camps - being in a training system can pick up required knowledge and skills quickly- informal learning: getting know-how by experience in a typical place for camp activities- creating employment: education of young leaders has perspective of employing them as competent camp staff- output of useful learning materials: manual, adoption of best practices to the training curriculum- working out approach to the campers from marginalized parts of societies e.g. minorities, migrants and refugees.Profile of participant - a document prepared by the Finnish partner:- age; 20 and more- experience of work at camps or outdoor activities- ability of work in international, multicultural team - readiness for dissemination the output in the follow-up process- communicative language skills (English)Activities are grouped in the following modules:- Workshop Camp Management & Camp Programming- Dreams & Nightmares - psychological approach to various aspects of work in a camp - Risk Management- Problem Management- Practical implementation of games and other socio-techniques in work with campers and parents.Each of the modules is developed in particular workshops: study cases and practical applications.Methodology:The particular items are modeled on the proved methodical approaches of the partners. In designing the programme were observed such elements as participatory (avoid passive involvement), learning by experience (avoiding flat and overgrown presentations and lectures), sharing real experience and practical utility. The forms that should provide dynamic and sensual and mental involvement are:- work in groups
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