English Philology and Translation
National Aviation University
The campers of the 2002 American
Culture and Language Retreat were
pedagogical students, young teachers
from schools, universities and
institutes, as well as young
professionals and university students
from throughout Ukraine.
The duration of the retreat was one
The Session began on July 2nd and
ended on July 8th.
This session consisted of 76 participants
from 17 Oblasts throughout Ukraine.
- The field office is the term used when talking about
the camp headquarters and all the people who work
in it, namely the camp directors and the facilitator.
- The facilitator and director rotate on a duty roster of
when they must stay in the field office.
- The field office is open 24 hours a
day except during meals and events,
which involve everyone in the camp,
such as Morning Activity.
Whoever is on duty is in charge.
- They spend the rest of their time around the
camp taking care of program needs that are
determined in a daily field office meeting.
- A centralized location for the field office is best.
Program and medical supplies are kept here.
- All emergencies, requests, or changes are brought
first to the field office. It is important that
everything go through the field office to insure an
efficient and effective program.
3:00 PM Bus Meets Campers
3:30 PM Roll Call at the Crossing
Counselors greet them — luggage to the side (keep
money with them)
Check-In Table along the wall
First Person checks names off list, designates room and
Second Person gives schedule/writes room for camper
Third Person (Director) takes money/gives nametag
Fourth Person shows building/room, tells must be at Mess
Hall at 5pm
EXAMPLE OF THE CAMP SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Mess Hall -- Pre-Dinner (team
5:30 PM Dinner (surprises)
6:00 PM Camp Tour
8:30 PM Team Challenge
10:00 PM Team Meeting
8:00 AM Staff Meeting
8:30 AM Morning Activity
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Class One (until 10:50 am)
11:05 AM Class Two (until 11:55 am)
12:10 AM Class Three (until 1:00 pm)
1:15 PM Lunch (until 2:15 pm)
2:15 PM Free Time (until 4:15 pm)
Day Two — Day Five
4:30 PM Class Four (until 5:20 pm)
5:35 PM Class Five (until 6:25 pm) - Day Four
Press Conference before Dinner
7:00 PM Dinner (until 7:45 pm)
8:00 PM Team Challenge (until 9:15 pm) — Day
Five Scavenger Hunt!!
9:30 PM Team Meeting (until 10:00 pm)
10:00 PM Optional Activity
12:00 PM Lights Out
Day Two — Day Five
Rules and Regulations
Honor code regarding an
Campers were told they could drink only
during their free time after 10 p.m.
Regardless of their personal choice, they were
told that their timely attendance was required
and expected at all camp lessons and
Campers were told to immediately
report to the Crossing personally, or
send a friend, if they were unable to
attend a lesson due to illness or any other
Failure to appear on time
or to skip any camp
a legitimate excuse
resulted in a warning.
A curfew was set at 12 am.
Participants were required to be in
their buildings by this time and
keeping the noise level at a
During counselor orientation we
selected small teams of counselors
and junior counselors to make
rounds from 11:45 to midnight
reminding participants of the
SPLIT IN TEAMS OF 5.
YOUR TASK IS TO MAKE OUT CAMP
RULES, CONSISTING OF 5-7 POINTS.
PRESENT THEM IN A FUNNY OR
THE WINNER GETS A PRIZE!
SAMPLE CAMP RULES
1. Must attend all activities.
2. Must arrive on time and prepared.
3. Quiet hours/curfew.
4. Speak only English!
5. Be active!
1. To familiarize campers with the facility
2. To introduce class activities and meeting
3. To introduce counselors to students
4. To begin group building among the
5. To “set the stage” for the camp program
Duration of Tour
Allow 2 1/2 hours on opening day.
Approximately 7 minutes at each
The Camp Tour consists of several
stations, each having a different activity
At these stations, the counselors should give
an overview of the class and explain what
the campers must bring or wear to that
particular class (i.e. for journalism - a
notebook and pen; for sports - athletic
clothes and shoes, and water, etc.).
The other stations should explain the
purpose and expectations of the retreat,
include name-games, and begin the process
of team building.
Participants were broken down into eight
groups where a junior counselor was
assigned to guide a group through the
The following is a list of activities that fulfill
Logistics with the Director
The Project Director uses this
- explain the function of the field
- review the schedule,
- assign responsibilities,
- solve any logistical problems,
- and answer any questions
Birthday Line-up (camp tour)
Campers are instructed to lineup in
order according to their birthdays.
They must do this task without
Any birthdays occurring in the weeks
of the retreat are reported back to
the field office so celebrations can be
MY PIECES OF ADVICE
1.Keep the campers busy all the time!
2. Generate ideas, be creative!
3. Stimulate campers!
4. Be enthusiastic!
5. Love you job!