King Arthur on his black horse welcomed children on the Minifarm outside his castle Camelot on 4 July 2015. However, not everyone was allowed to enter his castle. Each of the children had to deserve their entry and accommodation there, and this is what the kids worked on throughout the summer camp. Arthur informed the children about the programme of the camp and explained the laws that were in force in medieval times. “Let us travel to the times of knights, princesses, giants, chivalry tournaments and traditional crafts. These times are ruled by good and evil.”
“The evil sorceress Morgana strives to get to power in England, and it is up to me to stop her with your help. You all are pages now and from tomorrow morning you will have to prove your strength, bravery and devotion to this country. Some of you will be knighted for your actions and efforts in the next few days and I, the King of England, will select those worthy to join me at my round table. We all be equal at my round table, we will be each other’s brothers and sisters in life and in death alike. You are going to seek the Holy Grail and if you find it and drink from it, you will be filled with strength, love and joy which will unite you until the end of your days. The good wizard Merlin is going to be your companion on the journey and he will rush with advice and help in difficult times. With your help and the help of my sword Excalibur, which I got from Merlin, justice, peace and quiet will be restored in Camelot and in the whole English kingdom.” Our motto is “STRENGTH AND HONOUR”.
After these welcoming words, the game turned into a real world of knights and good deeds. The children enthusiastically fulfilled all the tasks: they created clothing, helmets, swords, and jewellery; they hunted game and prepared meals, saved lives and pushed their limits.
An unforgettable experience was a trip to the nearby castle Bouzov, where the guide described the life on the castle in a very captivating way and where the children could see real armour and a lance. Besides visiting the castle on the hill, we also went to have a look into the underground kingdom of the Javoříčko caves.
All the knights’ efforts reached their peak a day before the end of the camp. King Arthur had fallen ill and the only thing which could save him was the water of life from the Holy Grail. The knights of the round table swore allegiance in life and in death and set out on a journey together. From our position of the leaders of the camp, we were moved to see how the children had developed from individualistic beings at the beginning of the camp to a united group who knew the strength of putting in joint effort. No wonder, the life of their king was at stake! Many of them had to overcome fear and everyone managed to stick together in perilous situations.
Moreover, the children were rehearsing a knightly performance during the camp, and they acted it out for their parents before leaving. They enjoyed a joint success, as everyone played their part really well. We are happy that the children found out during the week that it is rewarding to pull together and we wish them to keep a piece of the chivalry in their hearts.
You can view more photos from the camp HERE