Summer Camp in Slovenia Life Long Memories
The smell of the campfire and jumping from the bridge. Getting your hands or dirty doing tie dye. Chatting late into the night or negotiating with other camper. Running from the counselors. These are some of the things that remind campers of the great days spent at summer camp in Slovenia.
Sending your children to a camp benefits them in many ways, but the memories they make will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Because these memories are unique as they are experiences centred around children being away from their family, close friends, and comfort zone. It reflects their individuality and independence. They won’t stop talking about it… for a long long time!
Fighting Summer Learning Loss
Do you know that your child’s achievement scores decline over the summer holidays by one month’s worth of school-year learning? And this amount is higher the older a child?
However, Explorer Camps beats this with a number of techniques including a specific teaching approach called scaffolding. Counselors at this summer camp in Slovenia demonstrate it by giving campers a temporary support system to help them accomplish a task.
As campers become more comfortable with each new task, counselors reduce scaffolding techniques gradually. In the end, the student can accomplish the task without any assistance from the counselor. The goal is to ensure campers can ‘walk alone’ rather than rely on adults’ support.
This strategy enhances, encourages, and enables learning and helps our campers to become independent and self-regulating learners and problem solvers. As a result, it encourages campers to build on prior knowledge and helps them to internalise new information. How do we do this?
- Active Learning is hands on and fully engages the campers in the activity.
- All Ages and Abilities benefit because scaffolding is easily adapted to the individual’s needs and desires.
- Peer Teaching is perfect in the camp enviroment allowing campers to teach each other boosting confidence levels.
- Cooperative Learning occurs on a daily basis through team building, Explorer Escape Rooms or just the general running of camps. A great way to connect and learn at a summer camp in Slovenia.
Hotel Kovač – A Family Experience
Set on the stunning Kolpa River and in the middle of 3 national parks Hotel Kovač has been a family run hotel since 1892. It has grown in size to now offering 18 hotel rooms, a dependency, bunked rooms for schools, and apartments. In reality it’s the best possible location for a summer camp in Slovenia.
Family Run. Simon Kovač, the owner for the past 16 years, his wife (the major of Osilnica), his parents, and his two children all work on-site providing the truly old-fashioned warm hospitality and care that they’re famous for.
State of the Art Facilities. On-site are 3 star rooms; a modern indoor pool, jacuzzi, and saunas; tennis, basketball & volleyball courts; football pitch; zip line & giant swing; rock climbing wall; games room; ping pong & football tables; adventure park; laundry service; and two mini-vans.
Experienced and Certified Staff. All sports activities such as rafting, paintball, SUPing, Adventure Park, are run by local sports instructors who are fully trained and certified in their chosen areas.
Child Friendly. Throughout the year the hotel welcomes school groups on a weekly basis, running week-long camps for all ages and backgrounds. Because of this huge popularity in Slovenia it demonstrates how well suited the site is for children.
Renowned Food. The site of multiple weddings all year round, the Kovač restaurant has an incredible reputation for creating mouth watering local dishes using home grown ingredients. The four meals a day on camp are an absolute treat!
Without a doubt Hotel Kovač and Explorer International Kids’ Camps is a perfect match for a summer camp in Slovenia because of our true focus on personal care and attention!
Escape Rooms – Preparing Campers for Life
Escape Rooms are traditionally A LOT of fun, but at this summer camp in Slovenia they’re also being used to boost campers’ skill sets thus better preparing them for life. They include:
Creativity. Escape games offer individuals and teams an opportunity to creatively employ their problem solving skills. Challenging campers and others to think outside of the box has a host of benefits that can transition into other areas of life.
Collaboration. Injecting a new set of problems in a novel environment pushes children to communicate on an entirely different level. Escape games offer an opportunity to mix and match teams across different cultures, challenging them to work efficiently with new people.
Empathy.The team that struggles together stays together. While victories are important, struggling and even failing together can be equally valuable, as it gives team members a chance to express compassion, responsiveness, and appreciation, which can carry over into challenging life situations.
Motivation. Physical movement and problem solving can trigger the brain to release dopamine. Dopamine not only triggers the brain to experience pleasure, but it is also essential for increased motivation. Furthermore, creating a pattern of struggle to success creates a positive connection, training the brain to realise the importance of hard work for future achievements.