Ñarry on camping!!!
Peter R. Hainsworth
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Children in hot air balloons! Hand grenade practice for ten year olds! Herds of startled deer gape at the fun filled pastoral proceedings as the spirit of the entirely mad but hugely influential doyen of camping, girl guiding and boy scouting, Lord Baden Powell, permeates the birch groves with merriment, athletics and creativity. Pioneering without the politics as they say. A big dib, dib, dib to that.
The International adventure camp organization, ‘Camp Industry’ was founded in 2006 by Taras and Svetlana Kononets in the Moscow region and now they are hooking up with English theatre artists, in Moscow and Suffolk, to create a startling and unique new adventure in the camping repertoire; enter stage left: Theatre Camp Karomot!
Peter Hainsworth talked to Xenia Bejenar, project manager of Karomot, who explained it was during our visits to a project in Nottingham, England, called ‘On the trail of Robin Hood’ that the idea of a theatre camp arose, to go alongside the established main camp themes which already exist for children.
Xenia tells us that six months after the private camp organization started the ‘Robin Hood’ camp in Nottingham, they then founded an arts camp for girls called Carolina. In summer 2010 Motor Camp was launched, for children to explore the world of auto, motor and aerotechnics. Today all 3 camps’ programs are considered to be one of the most unique and exciting for children of the Moscow region.
At the Robin Hood Camp, children experience Knights Tournaments, Big Archer Tournaments, fencing, horseback riding, high and low rope courses, hiking, kayaking and canoeing.
At Carolina Camp every girl is a princess, photo model, actress, singer, dancer and a designer. Girls learn manners, psychology, choreography, attend drama, makeup and hairdressing classes, design clothes, issue their own magazine, play croquet and mini-golf.
Motor Camp is an exploration to the world of aviation, aerostatics and motorsports. Children learn about hot-air balloons, its history and the present, fly one and learn how to control it. They also drive buggy carts over rough terrain, fly avia simulators of SU 27 fighter, play with radio-controlled cars and airplanes, and construct their own models.
Children interested in the Robin Hood legend can go to Robin Hood’s hometown—Nottingham. During the 10 day program they travel back in time, visit lots of places related to the legend, show strength and team spirit in the heart of Sherwood Forest and experience a medieval festival, which is absolutely fantastic. It’s a unique opportunity to see living history. Karamot also organizes theme trips for Motor Campers to Washington DC and Virginia and Carolina girls to Paris!
A Theatre Camp in England is Karamot’s next project, planned for summer 2013. Says Xenia Bejenar: “We do lots of drama activities with kids in all our camps. We believe that performing builds personal confidence and teaches teamwork. We foster inclusion of every single child and promote respect for everyone’s abilities and ideas. We encourage them to experiment and collaborate on their own. As a result, every session we have produces an exciting performance, arising from kids’ own creativity. England is famous for its theatre traditions and we have found very professional and enthusiastic partners there in Agnes Lillis and the New Cut Theatre.
We are sure that a new program focused on theatre will be a success.
Contact: Xenia Bejenar,
+7 495 771 75 59,
Camp is a unique place in the modern word which is specially designed for children to be children.
Peter "Choks away" Hainsworth.