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Direct contact with each parent/guardian is extremely important to us, as is individual attention to each participant. This is why our camps, weekends and educational offerings are and will remain intimate. We are a group of people dedicated to children and youth, none of us is here by chance. We will do our best for your child to come back home happy and with lots of positive impressions. 

Recreation for children

We provide special care for parents of the youngest children and those who, regardless of age, are going to camp for the first time. We realize that the first, and sometimes even each independent trip is a huge experience for both the child and the parent and we do our best to take care of the camper and at the same time support his or her family in the preparations for the trip and during it.
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Education

In our case, education and leisure are intertwined. We are advocates of learning through play regardless of age, learning by engaging the senses and through positive emotions. We see the effects of this during camps, weekends, green schools, during field games or projects, when the participants themselves gain the information they need and remember it for a long time. In turn, during our educational activities we teach through fun, we focus on supporting the creative and intellectual potential, logical thinking and memory, and in the case of learning foreign languages – especially on developing communicative competence.  
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Parent of a Teenager

Being a parent of a teenager can be difficult, especially now that teens are struggling with issues that their parents did not experience. Some of the senior staff at HKC are very familiar with these problems because we ourselves have been or are parents of teenagers. Some of us, on the other hand, have recently gone through this specific period in human development and have fresh experiences and our own ways of dealing with various problems. Moreover, we have professional support in the form of experienced pedagogues and psychologists who work with teenagers on a daily basis. Our teens can always count on our understanding and assistance, while their parents/guardians, if necessary, can count on support and advice.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

There are several group divisions that operate at HKC camps. First, there is the organizational division into age groups Kids (6-9/10), Teens Junior (10/11-12/13) and Teens (13/14-17), with the age range being approximate because children, of course, develop and mature very differently. This division is mainly used during trips, excursions and weekends. It is also of little importance during the camp if it concerns the 6-12 year old group. The Teens group, on the other hand, is more important because they are a separate subcamp with a different staff and a slightly different schedule and rules. It is up to you and the participant to decide if he/she will be placed in this group, we can only advise you. We know from experience that there are 12 year olds who do well in the oldest group and 14 year olds who prefer the company of younger campers and the counselors and animators assigned to the younger groups. The second division is supervisory groups, i.e. from one to three rooms (depending on the age group), supervised by the Caretaker, who is responsible for the safety, hygiene and psychological comfort of his charges 24 hours a day, from the first to the last day of their stay. The third division is the morning project groups, which may or may not overlap with care or age groups. Most often these groups are mixed in terms of gender, and often in terms of age (in the range of 6-13 years and 11-16 years) The project group is formed on the first day of stay and is permanent until the end of the week (of course the child can change the group for example on the second day) The fourth division is workshop groups. These groups can be different every day and mixed in age. At traditional Multi Camps it happens that 6 year olds take part in workshops together with 16 year olds, which creates our climate and family atmosphere 🙂

At HKC the groups are small. In the case of the youngest participants the Chaperone has 6-8 children in his care. During workshops groups are also small, usually a few people, but during projects they do not exceed 12 people. Larger groups can participate in field games and social activities, and are then under the care of several Chaperones and an Animator.

Our campers are accommodated according to age and gender. We take into account the social relationships reported by parents during enrollment or, if possible, we fulfill the wishes of children reported e.g. on their way to the camp.

Of course they do. Caretakers take care of the safety of their charges, their well-being and comfort of rest. They are available for children 24 hours a day. They help, among others, with unpacking on the day of arrival and packing for the weekend or the day of departure. They take care of the children’s hygiene, remind them about the morning and evening toilette, help them choose outfits appropriate for the weather, offer help with washing and combing hair. They eat meals at the table with the children. They are constant reminders to check the skin for ticks. They are always nearby to help.

Our traditional day: 8.30 wake up, morning toilet 9.00 morning circle (traditional songs and games in the circle, greeting and short information meeting) 9.15 breakfast (hot dish + buffet, tea) 9.45 cleaning the rooms/chairs at the horses for those willing 10.30 order committee and temperature measurement by the medical staff from 11.00 registration for the afternoon workshops 11.30 activity groups: projects, field games, adventure program 12.30 p.m. Second breakfast (e.g. fruit) 12.45 activity groups continued 14.15 lunch (soup, second course, compote) 14.30 siesta (phone call to relatives) 15.30 HKC store (buying and selling in English or Spanish) 16.15 assembly for the workshops 16.30 Workshop Fun – workshops of your choice 17.15 snack (e.g. home-made cake and tea) 17.30 Workshop Fun – further workshops. 19.15 dinner (hot dish + buffet and tea) 20.30 evening program (e.g. camp fire, disco, camp weddings, parodies such as blind date, quarrel about money, game night, movie night, talent show, night stalking) 21.30 younger children – getting ready for bed, reading to the cushion 22.30 quiet for the youngest (older children may still have e.g. night game of mafia, night by the bonfire, night outdoor games) 23.30 absolute quiet at night
Children are allowed to bring phones, but they only get them during siesta time. It is also possible to contact your child during this time via the two contact numbers we give you before camp. In the case of the Teens group, phones are not taken, but their use will be restricted according to mutually agreed upon rules. Violation of these rules may result in the phone being “stored” in the care of the counselor.
In order to help parents prepare their children for the trip we have prepared a list of things, a kind of helper, which we send to you via e-mail. We recommend packing your child in one suitcase/bag. Additionally, please equip your child with a backpack for the journey. We encourage you to make a list of items your children are taking to camp. For younger ones, please sign tags and items.
Of course parents can visit their child. In the case of double stays of 13 and 15 days, it is possible to visit the child during the weekend, or even take the child for a weekend (in that case there is no surcharge for the weekend).
Of course, on the first day of camp, camp rules are discussed in each group. The Kids and Teens Junior group, discusses, signs, and tries to follow the camp rules, which are our Four Rules of Good Fun. Here they are: 1. 1. PRINCIPLE OF ATTENTION (for your safety and the safety of others).
  • stay within sight/hearing range of the caregiver, move away only with his/her permission
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  • we behave with caution on stairs, in rooms, on balconies etc.
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  • we respect the rules of using trampolines, hammocks, slacks, monocycles, during horse riding, ASG, trips
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  • We watch out for ticks (we splash and examine ourselves several times a day) !!!
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  • we obey the current rules of health and safety
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. 2. PRINCIPLE OF CARE (for the environment and our health).
  • We save water and electricity, we recycle
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  • we remember to wash our hands thoroughly not only before meals
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  • we eat less sweets, more fruit and vegetables; we drink a lot of water
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  • we stay away from telephones, the internet and television and we exercise and relax outdoors
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. 3. PRINCIPLE OF CULTURE.
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  • in the dining room, we eat what we put on our plate, return our plates, and behave quietly during meals
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  • we remember greetings, thank you, excuse me, etc.
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  • remember to change clothes and wash
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  • we cover our mouth when we sneeze, cough, yawn
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. 4. principle of respect.
  • we respect, support and help each other
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  • We respect our center and its equipment (in case of damage we report and repair it)
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  • Respect the privacy of others (e.g. knock before entering and wait)
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  • We respect EVERYONE’s opinion, space and difference
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We enjoy the activities and have fun 😊 . The Teens group, on the other hand, together with the counselors and the camp director establish the rules of cooperation, i.e. Teen Rules (intentional play on words in English – teenager rules and teenager rules 😉 )There are points here concerning the rules of functioning in the group, observing quiet hours at night, spending time, using phones, eating, safety and hygiene. In these points there is room for negotiation. The young people also set their expectations from the counselors and the whole staff. These are rules for everyone. In the rules for teenagers there are also very serious topics, such as bullying, self-harm, substance abuse or sexual contact. These points are discussed with the teens and they are made aware that the staff does not condone these behaviors but understands where they come from. Teenagers know that they can turn to us with any problem, that they will not be punished or expelled from the camp (only in extreme cases), that in case of emergency they will get professional help from us. At the same time they are aware that it is our duty to inform their parents/legal guardians about any such case and to take joint actions.
We have a paramedic on staff. Children are provided with 24-hour medical care. In emergencies, we provide transportation to the nearest health care facility/hospital. In such case the child is accompanied by a chaperone or a camp manager, who remains in constant contact with the child’s parent.
Yes, the camps are reported to the Board of Education. After reporting we receive permission to organize recreation.
Yes, children are covered by accident insurance in the amount of PLN 15,000.
If your child is taking regular medications, please prepare an accurate medication dosage list along with the type of medication being administered, placing them in one signed bag/container. Please give the medication to the paramedic or child’s guardian at the assembly.  Medications as instructed are administered by the paramedic. All medications are in the care of the paramedic.
Please provide information about allergies/diets when signing up your child for camp and include this information in the participant’s card. Our camps are based on the following diets: vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free.
We recommend about 50 PLN/week, preferably in small coins, for shopping in the center’s store or on the way. In the case of the youngest children, wallets are kept by the counselor; you can give them to the counselor at the meeting. Money for horseback riding (single or additional rides) can be handed over in an envelope at the assembly or placed in a separate, signed envelope/bag in the child’s luggage and inform us about it at the assembly.
Of course it is.  For organizational reasons, we should already know before the camp how many people express interest in horseback riding. However, it is difficult to predict whether a child will love horses and this form of activity. We know from experience that for some participants these are their favorite activities and horses become their passion, others have enough after two or three rides, and still others prefer to do something else from the beginning. That’s why, firstly, we always organize a trial ride, secondly, we advise you not to sign up your children to a horseback riding group at the beginning, but to choose individual rides, which you can pay for during the course – in cash or by bank transfer. In the case of cash for horse riding, we will return the unused amount.
Of course not. First of all, we believe that there are children who definitely prefer spending time with their loved ones and even the most intimate, family-oriented camp cannot replace that. Secondly, what we often emphasize, we are minimalist when it comes to equipment and infrastructure. We rely on our human resources and space for imagination. We also understand that for some children or parents this may not be enough. Thirdly, we may not be able to meet a parent’s expectations that a child will learn to ride a horse or take advantage of all the activities. There are children who eagerly participate in various activities, but there are also those who prefer to play with their friends in their own (often very creative) games, or e.g. play one of their favorite board games during the whole camp. And this is the nature of our camps. Besides, we are not punctuality champions and our camp motto is “The plan of the day is not carved in stone, and the opportunity to dance in the rain may not come again” and probably not everyone will be on the same wavelength 🙂

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