Mini Camps are locally-organized week-long camps for ages 9 to 17, held twice every year— the first during summer and the second during the semestral break. Similar to other CISV programs, Mini Camp participants learn about themselves and others through theme-based educational activities carried out by trained camp staff. The Mini Camp program is a great opportunity for participants new to CISV to learn more about the program, as well as a good venue for CISVers to rekindle the spirit and friendship they gained in CISV. Mini Camps are composed of a group of 35-40 participants and 8-10 staff members.
The general aims of a Mini Camp are:
- To provide peace education to a wider audience
- To aid in the positive personal and social development of participants
- To provide Chapter members with opportunities to continue participating in CISV programs
9-11 Mini Camp
The 9-11 Mini Camp is a 5 day local program for 9-11 year olds. It serves as an introduction to CISV and is modeled after CISV’s pilot program: Village. During the program, participants take part in theme-based educational activities prepared by the staff, have the opportunity to experience positive coexistence through cooperative living, come to recognize and appreciate their differences and similarities, and are encouraged to value their individuality.
12-14 Mini Camp
The 12-14 Mini Camp is a 5 day local program for 12-14 year olds. During the program participants are given a chance to plan activities according to the themes set by the staff. The activities in the program are meant to bring out leadership qualities, foster cooperation, build self-confidence, and address particular social issues that are relevant to the participants.
15-17 Mini Camp
The 15-17 Kapihan Mini Camp is a 5 day local program for 15-17 year olds. During the program participants are given greater freedoms to plan their own activities and set the agenda of their camp. Similar to the international Seminar Camp Program, Kapihan facilitates greater independence, self-expression, and more mature dialogue among participants. This prepares the participants to handle bigger challenges in the real world.