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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Q: What are the specific features of the camp?

A: Spēkaruksis is an adventure camp the activities of which are directed towards cooperation and development of creativity of the participants.

Q: What is the recommended age of participants?

A: Camps are organised for children from the age of 6 to 16 years. There are camps for younger children from the age of 6 to 10 years and from the age of 10 to 16 years.

Q: Do the children have to participate at all activities?

A: All activities are presented in a free and informal way. The task for the leaders of the camp is to create interest in children and motivate them to get involved. Nothing is forced.

Q: Kur bērni dzīvo Spēkarukša nometnēs?

A: Bērni Spēkarukša nometnēs dzīvo labiekārtotos viesu namos ar visu nepieciešamo infrastruktūru. Šogad dzīvosim viesu namā “Rakari” jūras krastā.

Q: Where do children live during the camps?

A: Children live in comfortable guest houses that provide the necessary infrastructure. This year we will live at the guest house “Rakari” on the seashore.

 

Q: How is security ensured during the camp?

A: When planning the venue of the camp, we pay attention to the security aspects and suitability of the surrounding environment to the camp. The camp starts with familiarising ourselves with the environment and rules that are written by the children themselves through different games and to remember the rules those are put on the wall in a visible place. Swimming is organised in small groups of 5 to 8 children with two adults in the water and one adult waiting on the shore.

Q: What is the schedule?

A: The day starts at 9.00 a.m. when we get up for morning exercises and breakfast. Then we attend the planned activities until a meal is provided and the evening is closed with reading fairy-tales for the little ones and with evening discussions for the older ones.

Q: What are the main benefits of the participants?

A: The main benefits are wider perspective of usual things and development of creativity. In new and unusual environment children discover new talents and become more confident to improve their skills. Moreover, children make friends and get positive emotions. The camp is also a wonderful opportunity for the children to get to know how great a week without computer can be.

Q: It will be the first camp of the child. How to prepare him / her?

A: When going to the camp for the first time, it is important to discuss the big event with the child several times. The child who has never been at a camp cannot imagine how it will be. There will be so many new things. Different schedule, being away from home, also during the night. Parents would be available only via phone. It is important not only to tell your child what can be expected but also visually show, for example, photos or video from camps. You should also ask the child what exactly would make him / her happy in the adventure. The readiness of the child should be assessed. If the child has never spent a night away from home, it might be a good thing to try it out and stay at grandmother or best friends for a night. This is especially important for the pre-school children.

Q: How can children get to the venue of the camp?

A: Parents can take their children to the venue by themselves or inform us before the camp that the child would go to the camp with us from Rīga.

Q: How can the children be contacted? When can parents call and talk? Is it allowed to give a phone to the child? How is it usually organised?

A: The participants can have a phone with them and we even recommend to have it to provide a greater sense of security for children and parents. The phone should not be taken to the activities though. It is possible to leave it in the guest house. Parents can call in the mornings or evenings. Children are allowed to call also during the activities, if they ask the leaders for permission to call their parents.

Q: How can the payment for the camp be made?

A: When you apply for the camp, a contract is drafted and submitted for your review and signing. After signing the contract, the fee for the camp has to be paid within the prescribed term to the provided bank account. When concluding the contract, it is possible to select a divided payment or pay the fee at once.

Q: What happens, if the payment has been made but, due to objective reasons, the child cannot attend the camp?

A: If you have already paid but the participant gets ill or cannot attend due to other reasons, the organisers will return the money.