This year Summer Camp Hohenfels offers six different Practical Groups:
Living in the Middle Ages!
Burg Hohenfels, with its great history, is a perfect place in which to explore the medieval way of life. Through exploration, self discovery and trying things out, the children can learn about the daily life in a medieval castle.
They take on the role of a knight or a princess and experience wearing the appropriate type of clothing, jewellery, armour, and helmets. As part of the programme they also construct their own weapons (under close supervision!) and take part in a jousting tournament.
This practical group will be offered 2014 for the first time.
If you are creative and enjoy the arts, this is the right course for you. Here you will use a wide range of materials including plaster, indian ink, oil paints and soap stone. Take your artistic inspiration from the Hohenfels castle and its beautiful surroundings - we are looking forward to a lot of young artists.
Music and theatre! Here the children enjoy their first experience of speaking, singing and acting in front of an audience.
The children have many opportunities to add their own ideas and creativity. If they play an instrument, they are of course welcome to bring it with them. They also write their own short plays and try out different roles.
The climax to all their hard work is presented on stage to parents and friends on the final evening. Let the show begin!
Water, wind, wellies!
The sailing course is mainly designed for beginners. The essential theory lessons take place in the morning at Hohenfels. The practical sailing course takes place from our own private school harbour on the shore of Lake Constance, a short drive away. In Optimist sailing dinghies and in the ‘Sophia’, a traditional wooden cutter, they put the theory into practice.
If there is not enough wind, the group leaders will organise a variety of fun competitions, such as tying knots and paddling races using the school surfboards. Another essential part of the practical experience is the maintenance of the boats. At the end of the course, the sailors can take the Hohenfels ‘Opti-Diplom’, an unofficial test about sailing Optimist dinghies.
Woods, water, wilderness!
In the beautiful and ever-changing Hohenfels environment, many areas of nature are explored and experienced in a variety of ways by the children. Led by experienced course leaders, they are encouraged to embrace the variety and possibilities of playing and working outside using and discovering natural materials for construction (bridges etc.) and education.
In the theoretical part, via practical experimentation, children learn the basics to better understand how aspects of the natural world function.
Hohenfels’ circus has a long tradition and is offered here as a workshop all year.
The atmosphere of a circus fascinates children again and again and here they will be taught some of the feats by very experienced tutors: riding a unicycle, juggling, handling a Diabolo or a Devil’s stick, doing acrobatics, walking on the tight-rope, or on a big ball.
It is worth practising, as the circus group's performance is always one of the highlights at the Summer Camp’s final performance.
The theory session for these groups takes place before lunch from 11.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. The practical sessions are in the afternoon from 2.00 p.m. until dinner.