Minicamp started off as always with excitement, name and getting to know you games. We had so many kids this time it was important to play a lot of name games so that everybody could remember each others names. Then we designed our own placemats based on a range of questions like: what kind of super hero do you want to be? and what do you want to be when you are older? These placemats will then be used during meal times for the rest of camp. This enables us to sit with new people and have fun questions to ask about each others placemats. After a quick snack and drink its time for bed. Everybody gets into their PJs and we sing a mixture of Oasis and Taylor Swift songs together CISV lullabies style. Then comes bedtime. We are all still very excited but need our rest for the action packed next day.
Once every couple of months, between our local minicamps, the Auckland Junior Branch (JB) gets together and hosts a night of cultural food and games. These are planned by the JB Committee, led by our events coordinator Ellie, and always deliver great laughs and a perfect opportunity to catch up with one another.
Saturday night was spent with members of our Junior Branch catching up over a meal. Our nachos dinner was delicious and a true team effort. Churros rolled in cinnamon and sugar before being dipped in dark chocolate was a special ending to a fun night. It was so nice to see some of our favourite faces and catch up on each other’s busy lives.
The next JB Event is set for the weeks following our June minicamp, and will (hopefully) be a lesson in authentic Indian cuisine followed by dancing! We hope to see you there!
We started off on Friday night with some name and getting- to- know you games, and then moved into making our place-mats for the next day. At each minicamp we arrange the tables for meals by spreading out named place-mats, so that at each meal we have an opportunity to speak to different people, and interact with the JB’s, kids, and leaders.
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After four amazing weeks in Costa Rica at a CISV Village, they are back. Mums and dads welcome them home! Check out the video below to see their awesome camp.
Over the summer a New Zealand delegation (4 from Auckland, 1 from Christchurch) attended the “Wake Up! It’s our time, our place, our world” Step Up in Christchurch, New Zealand. The camp started with a leaders training weekend where I spent 2 days bonding with and getting to know the leaders and staff group at the camp site while the delegates Amber, Josh, Tom, and Jamie spent time together at a homestay for the weekend doing some bonding of their own!
Once the delegates arrived the camp really took off and we could start planning and running activities and having as much fun as we could pack into 3 weeks. A Step Up, as the name suggests, is about the delegates stepping up and taking responsibility for their camp. The staff and leaders planned the activities for the first couple of days to show the delegates some best practice examples, but once the first few days were over it was time for the participants to take over the camp! We had delegations from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, USA, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Italy, and Germany.
When I first heard that I was going to a CISV Summer Village camp, I was so excited. This would be my first trip in a plane. It was really cool when we received the first pre-camp email with pictures of where I was going to stay, lots of information about camp, and the countries that would be there.
A CISV Summer Village camp is a month-long camp for 11 year olds. 12 countries are invited to each camp, and bring a delegation of two boys and two girls, and their leader, usually a young adult from their local CISV chapter. My delegation consisted of myself, Kayla Nash, Oli MacCallum, Acasia O’Connell, and our leader Sophie Presland, a university student. We met up about five times before our departure to get to know each other and prepare our NZ presentation.
On the day I was leaving, I woke feeling nervous but excited at the same time. I left school early and had a rest because my flight was leaving close to midnight. At the airport I met up with my delegation, said goodbye to our families and hopped on the plane. The trip was about 30 hours long, stopping in Shanghai and Zurich. I watched the LEGO MOVIE eight times. The first time flushing a plane toilet gave me a fright!
Everybody came to minicamp excited and looking forward to another minicamp and seeing all their friends again. The moment we got there, we were all welcomed by hugs and smiles and we dropped our things off in our cabins as we got prepared for the first activity of the weekend.