Salem Summer Camp

For Explorers from Ages 9 to 11

Children are curious. And they want to experience new adventures. The Salem Summer Camp offers innumerable opportunities to discover the world in a playful way. Set in natural surroundings -- the meadows, hills and woods of the unique region of Lake Constance and together with other children  -- this creates an incomparable harmonious and positive atmosphere where learning is a pleasure.

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Julian Priebus | Gesamtleitung Salem International Summer Schools, Leitung Salem Summer Camp

Julian Priebus
Head of Salem Summer Camp

Headmaster Salem International Summer Schools

Kristina Priebus | Mathematik, Sport, Leitung Salem Summer Camp

Kristina Priebus
Head of Salem Summer Camp
 

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Daily Schedule (Monday - Friday)
Time
Activity
07:20
Wake Up Call
07:30
Morning Run
08:00
Breakfast
08:30 - 10:30
Learning Groups
10:30 - 11:00
Snack time
11:00 - 12:30
Learning Activities (Theory)
12:30 - 13:15
Lunch
13:15 - 13:30
Free time
Practical Activities (Practice)
13:30 - 18:00
Dinner
18:00 - 19:00
Programme
ab 19:15
Wing time
20:00
Silentium
20:30 - 21:00
Bed time
21:00

Learning & Experiencing

Learning groups in the morning

In the mornings, between 8:30 and 10:30a.m., there are learning groups for both languages and science. ‘Learning How to Learn’ -- an approach to independent and self-directed learning -- will be given primary focus. Using new and entertaining methods as well as study tips and concentration exercises, students will become fascinated and more secure in this subject. Alternatively, children can attend a course which focuses more specifically on ‘Learning More About...’

Children can attend the following courses:

German

For children who like to read stories or write essays and would like to improve their spelling and grammar, this is the perfect course. Under the expert guidance of a German teacher from our Lower School they will be able to discuss their ideas and put them on paper. In the process, they will expand their vocabulary, improve their writing style and enjoy a creative but practical approach to the German language.

Basic English

This class is designed for children who are interested in the English language, who have had at least one year of instruction at school and who are not native speakers. Speaking and expanding vocabulary will be the main focus. Members of this group will conduct interviews, for example, with the English-speaking members of the Summer Camp and write articles for the camp's newspaper which each student will receive at the end . In addition, classroom work will include topics of grammar and listening comprehension.

German as a Foreign Language (DaF)

For Beginners
This group will be made up of students without any knowledge of German who want to take up the challenge of the German language for the first time. Along with the usual entry-level topics, the course will focus particularly on boarding school life vocabulary Children will learn to introduce themselves, conduct simple daily conversations, and write brief texts in their new language.

For Advanced Learners
This is the right course for students who have already had some German at home or at school and want to expand their skills. We will be dealing with topics that children are especially interested in and can do some research on their own. With this dynamic and entertaining approach they learn to speak and write more fluently. They will write short contributions for the Summer Camp newspaper which each student will receive at the end. Parallel to this, students will receive individually tailored grammar exercises and also practice listening comprehension.

History

Travel back in time. Experience Schloss Salem and its surrounding area in the time of the middle ages, through theory and practice. A good knowledge of the German language is required to attend this group.

Practical Mathematics

Here, you will enjoy Mathematics in a different and more practical way. Through different games and learning styles, you will develop an understanding of various mathematical rules and laws.

Mini University

As a young ‘university student’ you will learn exciting aspects from the natural sciences and technical fields. Practical lectures will introduce you to amazing phenomenon under the guidance of different experts.

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Practical Groups

After these two-hour academical sessions, students will have a relaxing snack break.
The next time period until lunch is dedicated to practical work in small groups -- or more specifically to theoretical sessions in preparation for their afternoon activities.

After a nutritious and delicious lunch, students will devote their afternoons entirely to practical activities in small groups. Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. during the week, students take part in these practical groups. In this way they have the chance to dedicate themselves intensively to an activity of their choice for the entire duration of the Summer Camp.
The group leaders are trained experts in their field and ably supported by our enthusiastic Assistants. The size of each group varies from 8 – 14 children.  The following activities can be chosen from:

Art & Crafts

If you are creative and enjoy the arts, you'll have a great time here. You can try out using many different kinds of materials including plaster, Indian ink, oil paints and soap stone. We are looking forward to a lot of young artists who will find artistic inspiration at Schloss Salem and its beautiful surroundings.

Film & Fotography

Sailing

The sailing course is mainly intended for beginners. The basic theory lessons take place in the morning at Schloss Salem. 

The practical sailing course takes place from our school's private harbour near Überlingen, on the shores of Lake Constance. In Optimist dinghies and our wooden cutter, students put theory into practice.  Along with sailing practice, they will also learn how to maintain and care for the boats.  And if the wind dies down, the group leaders will organize a variety of fun competitions, such as learning how to tie knots and paddling races using the school surfboards.

At the end of the course, the sailors who pass the test will be able to take home their Salem-‘Opti-Diploma’!

Sailing in the school's own harbour

On stage

Music, theatre and musical performance --  here children enjoy their first exciting experience of performing , speaking, singing and acting in front of an audience. 
Young performers will have plenty of opportunities to follow their own ideas and creativity. Whoever already plays an instrument is welcome to bring it to camp. In the group we will also write our own short plays and try out different roles. 
The climax to all this hard work will be presented on stage to parents and friends on the final evening. Let the show begin! 

Forest

Woods, water, wilderness – in the beautiful and ever-changing natural surroundings near Salem, many facets of the natural world will be explored and experienced in games and practical activities. Led by experienced course leaders, students are encouraged to go barefoot or blind, feeling and tasting and drawing a map of sounds, or to design a miniature natural park. In the theoretical part, using experimentation, children acquire basic knowledge to better understand what goes on in the world of nature. 

Circus

Circus art have a long tradition at Salem and our school students are able to participate in the circus club during the school year. 

The atmosphere of a circus has always fascinated children. Here they aren't mere spectators, but learn how to perform circus stunts from experienced circus teachers: riding a unicycle, juggling, handling a Diabolo or a Devil’s stick, performing  acrobatics, walking on a tight-rope and balancing on a big ball. All their practice will be well-rewarded because the circus group's performance is always one of the highlights at the Summer Camp’s final evening show. The ring is open!

Evening programme

After dinner the children enjoy some free time. A variety of leisure and sporting activities is offered to cater to every taste, including:

  • football matches on the sports field
  • hockey (a Salem tradition)
  • a reading circle
  • different kinds of handicrafts 
  • writing letters and e-mails to parents and friends. 

At 8.00 p.m. children return to their dormitories to change into their nightwear, take a shower and brush their teeth. When ‘silentium’ begins at 8:30 p.m. the children remain in their rooms and may read or play quietly. After a long and eventful day it's time for lights out at 9.00 p.m., when the mentor comes to say "good night".

The first weekend

A refreshing change!

At the weekend students take a break from the learning and practical groups. Instead, the whole camp enjoys two days of trips together in the local area.

Saturday: Off to the Affenberg!

On Saturday, after breakfast, a bus takes the children to the popular Affenberg (Monkey Mountain), an open-air ape sanctuary. Its main attraction is the free-running Barbary macaques which literally eat right out of visitors' hands. If the weather is good, in the afternoon it will be possible to take a swim from a beach on Lake Constance. After dinner there will be a film evening back at dormitory.

Sunday: A Castle Rally!

On Sunday it's time to explore Schloss Salem and its immediate surroundings. After an abundant buffet brunch, the dormitory wings will compete against each other in a multi-stage rally. This gives the children the opportunity to explore more of the boarding school environment with their newly found friends.  The finale to this fun-filled, relaxing weekend is a barbeque evening for the entire Summer Camp.

Final days and show of the Salem Summer Camp

Get together for children and parents

The departure weekend offers parents the opportunity to find out what their children have experienced and also to learn more about Schule Schloss Salem in general.

Friday Afternoon

Welcome to Salem.  Mothers and fathers can accompany their children to the practical group activity and see what they have learned and / or  made during the two weeks. Sailors take their parents to the harbour, the woodsmen give a tour of the (?? HOHENFELS?? Saubachtal,) and the young artists demonstrate their creative streaks.

Friday Evening

Communal Dinner

After a communal dinner for students and their parents, all adults are invited to an informal reception in the dining hall. Here parents have the opportunity to sip on a glass of sparkling wine and talk to the mentors while the children are having a party to celebrate their final evening at Salem.

Final Show

On Saturday morning all parents are invited to Salem again. First the learning groups -- from the language groups to the mini-university -- make short presentations of everything they have worked on with their teachers. Following on from this, the Circus and On Stage groups are the main events of the spectacular final show. Then, after these wonderful, eventful two weeks, it's time to pack your suitcases and head home.

Building Character.