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Where do you hold your German overnight camp?

What do campers do?

How do you work with different students skill levels?

Is Camp Abenteuer appropriate for students with no previous German?

What can more advanced learners gain?

Where do students sleep?

How are special needs handled?

How do you address safety issues?

What’s off limits?

How can I stay in touch with my camper?

What if my child gets homesick?

What happens if a camper has an accident or gets ill?

What happens if a student is seriously injured

How much is the camp?

Where do you hold your German overnight camp?
Camp Abenteuer is held at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, OR. The scenic property includes woods, meadows, gardens, and activity areas (outdoor pool, tennis court, volleyball area).

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What do campers do?
We speak German all day long. The day begins even before breakfast with morning stretches in German. Meals are served in German, and counselors sit with the campers and lead conversation.
During the day, campers go to twice-daily German lessons where they may read a book, review grammar or work on a project, depending on campers’ ages, levels and needs.
After lessons, campers learn German in an active context, like through crafts or active games. There is also an all-camp swim time in the afternoon (weather permitting).
After dinner, we have a cultural activity such as an Olympiade (Olympics) or Fasching (Carnival) or a Disko. This is a fun way to wrap up the day.

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How do you work with different students skill levels?

Camp is a learning community.
Morning exercises, meals and most cultural activities are done by all campers together.
Most of the day, students are broken into age groups, and work on age-appropriate projects. Crafts and activities vary by age.
During lesson time, students are matched by age, but within those groups, we also work with different skill levels, to challenge and support students to add to their skills.

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Is Camp Abenteuer appropriate for students with no previous German?
Absolutely.  Immersion can kick-start their skills. Some beginner students go on to regular programs in the fall, and often really shine.

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What can more advanced learners gain?
Campers who have either learned a lot of German at home or in the classroom may be missing the other half of the equation. Camp Abenteuer combines every day, functional German with some formal German writing and reading instruction. Our skilled staff can also provide structural support for those are beginning their German study or who lack a formal background in the language.
In addition, older teens may apply to become councilors or junior councilors. Supporting younger learners can really improve their own skills and confidence.

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Where do students sleep?
Menucha provides buildings with dormitory areas. Campers are assigned a bunk based on gender and age. There are councilors assigned to each area, as well.

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How are special needs handled?
For special learning needs, please discuss the issue and proven approaches with the camp director. This information will be handled confidentially, shared as needed with the camper’s teacher.
With advance notice, we can accommodate special diets.
A designated health councilor administers medication, as arranged by parents.

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How do you address safety issues?
All of our staff are background-checked and trained in child safety. The lifeguard, health councilor and cooks are appropriately certified.
Campers are supervised at all times. They are allowed free time in the afternoon & immediately after supper. Staff is in the area during all these times. In addition, we emphasize the buddy system for campers.

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What’s off limits?
Anything that disrupts the learning environment or threatens the safety of any campers: No cell phones at all times! (bring a separate camera for taking pictures), other electronic devices (except during down time), uncontrollable disruptive behavior, smoking, alcohol or drugs. Discipline is at the discretion of the camp director. More serious offenses will result in the dismissal of the camper, and no refunds will be issued.

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How can I stay in touch with my camper?
Letters may be sent to Menucha (Camp Abenteuer, c/o Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia Rvr  Corbett, OR 97019-9728). It helps to mail letters and packages early, even a week before camp.
Campers MAY NOT use cell phones during camp. If the camper or family need to be in contact, they can arrange this with the camp director.


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What if my child gets homesick?
Nearly everyone misses something about home when they’re away. Whatever they miss, most children will have a great time at camp. Overcoming homesickness and enjoying time away from home nurtures children’s independence and prepares them for the future.
Our caring staff help campers deal with homesickness should it arise. If a camper is severely homesick, we may arrange a phone call. If the situation continues, we will work with the family on other possible solutions. Most campers adjust quickly as they make new friends.

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What happens if a camper has an accident or gets ill?
Camp staff, including the director and health councilor, will assess the situation and provide immediate care. When registering, parents are asked to inform us about their preferences for treating minor health issues. We will also notify parents of the situation as soon as possible.

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What happens if a student is seriously injured
For every emergency including serious injury, the camp will bring the participant to the local hospital. A camp staff member will contact the parents immediately and accompany the student to the hospital.

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How much is the camp?

the camp for the whole week includes all the meals - starting with lunch on Sunday and finishing with dinner on Friday night - language lessons, bed, swimming pool time, evening events, and much more:
It was $600.00 in 2016.
Probably will be the same or around this amount. We offer a $50 discount if you register by
May 15th.

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