“Future Youth” Camp - Creating new scouts in Beit Ummar, 2017
Monday, 7th of August:
The first day, trainers met sixty kids and adults from the camp. They played games. The kids were very nice, open, warmly, and curious.
Tuesday, 8th of August:
Trainers played games using a ball to gather the group of kids and to learn each other’s with our names. They began their philosophic game from the French game“Grandfather Robert”, with three questions:
- Why do you get up in the morning?
- What are you frightened of?
- What is important to have?
The kids answered each question one by one. They used a talking stick to learn how to take turns and listen to each other. Theyhad a very good participation. Each child was excited to speak.
Then, they all expressed their answers with words and drawings with color pens on A4 paper.
Trainers completed their workshop with a little game to say goodbye to everybody.
They were very happy with the day’s workshop and found the children very nice and joyful. They expressed themselves very easily.
Quoted from one trainer:
“We are lucky to have a good translator, Rim. We really need her. We hope she will come each day until the end of the camp”.
Wednesday, 9th of August:
Trainers began to play again some games to gather the group. Then they asked the kids three new questions. These were:
- What makes you happy?
- Why do you go to school?
- What makes you laugh?
Every kid expressed him or herself by speaking and listening to the other kids. Next, they made drawings with pastel pencils to express their feelings.
Saturday, 12th of August:
Trainers started with some cooperative games. Then the students answered the following questions:
- What is life?
- What is death?
- Do you believe in freedom?
Then each kid answered in a different and various way.
Then, the kids were put into three groups and chose one question to create a painting about. they provided sponges as a tool for a more free expression.
Although concentration is sometimes difficult, the kids showed a lot of pleasure from this creative activity. They put all their heart into it.
After a pause for restoration, they proposed another creative workshop. With paste, they made pictures with relief. They were happy to do it.
Sunday, 13th of August:
Trainers gathered the kids with cooperative games. Then, they calmed the kids down with an activity where they, one by one, put a chair in the middle of the circle without making any noise. They were very happy to do this focusing activity and were successful. It grounded the group to concentrate after the active loud activity. After, they proposed a game of imitation by mirror. The kids had to mirror each other in partners. This activity is about concentration, focus, and silence.
Then, they asked them three others questions of our Grandfather Robert game:
- Have you gottraditions?
- What is art?
- What do you think about peace?
Monday, 14th of August:
A final concert for the camp has been held. CFJ has established a concert where 200 participants were joined to see various activities of the Youth including Dabka, Theater and songs.
The concert began at 4 pm and lasted to 7 pm.
The activities of Youth has lasted from 4 pm – 6 pm, while an exhibition of Pictures for the Youth has been held from 6 pm – 7 pm, under a supervision of French trainers.