summer camp

Once a year students are invited to come together for a week

"We're going to be friends for the rest of our lives"
Megan
Student

Once a year we hold an International Summer camp for students from democratic schools all around the world. It’s an opportunity to meet-up in person with friends that you have made online, make new friendships and have a lot of fun. The camps are organised by the students and teachers together. 

living together democratically

yorkshire 2018

A gorgeous week on the Yorkshire moors. We camped in a barn, sang under the stars, visited the historic city of York and had a great time. This year we were joined by students from the Netherlands, UK, USA, Israel and Thailand. 

Barcelona 2019

We spent a week at Ca’l Aulet Education Viva School on the Costa Brava north of Barcelona. We had students from the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel and Spain. We enjoyed the beaches, went surfing and spent a day exploring Barcelona. 

the Netherlands 2020

Our camp this year was cancelled due to the pandemic. We were planning to hold it at De Ruimte Democratic School in Soest, The Netherlands in August 2020. We’d planned to visit Amsterdam and Utrecht. Maybe next year….

A maximum of 35 children aged 11-18 who are students of democratic schools or learning communities, plus 4 adults who all have experience of democratic education. 

Students and teachers from The Learning Circle and other democratic schools/settings. 

Together and democratically.

Students bring and share ideas and skills.
We will pre-organise some activities but students will also have plenty of time to just do what comes out of the moment.
We cook together and take care of the building. 
English is the main language, students need to have a good intermediate level at least.

Communal start of the day at 10am sharing the plans for the day and discussing practical issues.
If you want to start the day by being mindful, join the yoga and meditation at 9:15 am or go walking in the hills.
Activities organised by the students.
Loads of time to socialise, talk, play games and go on hikes in the woods.
Preparing meals and cleaning up together.

We always organise a few day trips, eg to Barcelona, Amsterdam, York. Students are free to roam the city with their peers or explore it with the adults. 

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