How we run the Camp program
Laugar is a place where young teens get the chance of strengthening their confidence. With the opportunity to take a step out of their comfort zone in a week without cell-phones they have to grow as a person.
It is hard to do this, but in Laugar we try to create a friendly atmosphere where it is alright to do and be wrong. We teach the teens to not take themselves too seriously and to just have a laugh. With this in mind they have a greater opportunity to grow and be themselves. It is important with a healthy lifestyle in mind and Laugar helps bring that out in children.
In Laugar it is also important to give the teens awareness of the environment. To do this we always recycle and the teenagers have to do it with us.
For the teenagers to get the most experience from these five days the schedule is filled with classes and activities. We think that interacting with others is the most important when it comes to learning, and therefore are most of our classes in need of participating teens.
The Youth Camp wants everyone to be positive and enjoy their stay whilst they are being interested in what is being taught. They are divided into three groups; blue, green and red, during the whole stay. In these teams they will work with teambuilding and try to connect with each other during the whole week.
The teams will then battle each other in the Laugar-Games at the end of the week– there the team with most successful teamwork will win. Therefore are they in need of everything they have learnt during the week to succeed. Besides the Laugar-Games the students can also collect different points that will help their team during the week. These are called rock-and heart points. Rock points are given when the team does a given challenge such as jumping in to a waterfall. Heart points are rewards for helping others without being asked to. The different teams are prepared for the Laugar-games, and everything else in life, with help from the classes given. Beneath is a short summary of the classes.
The camp live: The first lesson in the stay at Laugar. Here the teens are introduced to the rules of the camp and are being shown around. This is to get a perspective of what the week will consist of.
Introduction Games: One of first classes the children will encounter is the introductions games where they will get to know each other better.
Experience & Patience: A class where the students are told what is expected of them during their stay. Here they will be taught what is most important for their stay to be fun: positive attitude and participation.
Friendly Foreigner Fun: This class is just for the children to have a laugh and enjoy each other’s company. They play clap-games, dances and do repeat-after-me songs.
Shapes and things: A class full of challenges where the students have to work together as a team. They have to create shapes out of words given such as love and volcano.
Out of the box: Games where shyness and images of how we are supposed to act are being put down. The children get to exaggerate different emotions to do something they don’t usually do.
Dream Team: During this class the student has to do a lot of teambuilding games and trust building exercises. The purpose is to later on, when it’s time for the Laugar-games, have a tight team and to receive points in the system.
Courage and determination: A class where the teens have to practice to give speeches. First they start of by talking about themselves and then they will do a pre-made speech in different moods such as angry, sad and happy. This class will help the children step out of their comfort zone and do something they wouldn’t usually do.
Speed dating: A class where communication is discussed in general. Some of the content is focused on texting and what we lose while doing it. How we approach people and how our body language works is also a big part of the lecture. In the end of the class the students tries out some speed dating, which is a fun way of interacting and communicating with each other. When speed dating the children communicates with one person for a limited time and then have to switch partner. By doing this the students have a chance of getting to know each other better and it creates connections in the group, and at the same time they get to work with the information given earlier in the class.
Low ropes: During this class the students have to build trust in pairs, called soulmates. In the pair one gets blindfolded and the other one has to guide the blind person through an obstacle course. They have to communicate and trust each other to successfully complete the obstacle course, if not there may be consequences. Low ropes lift the spirit in the group whilst it also can be seen as a physically challenging activity.
Hike to Hólar: During three hours the students have the opportunity to travel to a farm 2,5 km away from the Youth Camp. To get there the teens walk through some beautiful landscapes and may even go upwards a mountain. This is done because of the positive spirit that movement gives to people and also to learn a little about the life at a farm.
Juggling: In this class the teens have the opportunity to try different activities related to circus, such as juggling and balancing plates on sticks. The class is very individual and the students
have to practice their patience, attention and concentration. Even though the content is tiring for the mind it is a well appreciated class with a lot of laughter.
Trust walk: The children are divided into teams of two where one of them is blindfolded. The one without the blindfold leads the other one through a number of obstacles. The purpose of this class is to practice the teamwork between the teens and to gain trust in the group.
Laugar-games: Expectations are built up during the whole week for the biggest activity – the Laugar-games. Here the three teams have to use their new skills together with their already collected points to win. The games start off with intros from each team, direct followed by different types of challenges where their trust and teamwork will be set to a test.
Pool-party: To finish of the week there is a pool party after the Laugar-games for the children to just enjoy each other’s company and have fun. Dancing and singing is the events main activity after, of course, swimming.