Camp Qatar 2015 recently wrapped up its inaugural year of summer activities with more than 150 Arabic-speaking children between 11- 14 years old from private and independent schools across Qatar having taken part.
Held under the theme ‘Seifak Ala Keifak’, Camp Qatar 2015 marked the closing of its first successful year with a student work exhibit that provided the children an opportunity to showcase their experience at the fun-filled fortnight to family and friends.
“Camp Qatar 2015 was the best part of my summer because it was so much fun,” said participant Dana Al Malki. “I learned to do so many cool things and although I loved the sports activities, my favorite part was Mad Science,” she added.
Camp Qatar 2015 offered the children of Doha a unique experience comprised of both social and academic components – developed in partnership with INJAZ Qatar, the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim (SFQ) Sports Academy, Little Engineer Qatar, Mad Science, Qatar Museums, the Doha Film Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar and Arts and Crafts.
“Through English, Mathematics, and Science classes, as well as sports, arts and culture, and community outreach activities, children were empowered to lead and excel through a fun, exciting and educational experience,” explained Aisha Al-Mansoor, one of Camp Qatar’s coordinators.
Having taken part in sports such as football, basketball, karate, and kick-boxing run by the SFQ Sports Academy, the children also experienced silk painting, collage portraits, charcoal drawing, acrylic painting, decoupage and puppet making during the art sessions with Qatar Museums Authority and Arts and Crafts.
They were also treated to a film screening by the Doha Film Institute, in which they learned about the influence of the media and how it can be a powerful tool to convey important values and life lessons. They also managed to make their very own stop- motion videos and present them in the closing showcase.
Meanwhile, the Little Engineer experience allowed the children to gain hands-on robotics experience as they explored the development of soft-skills such as team work, problem solving, planning and innovation. While Mad Science offered children the opportunity to conduct fun experiments and explore different states of matter, while learning to create things like slime and crystals.
The students also attended a workshop conducted by INJAZ in which they learned about earning, spending, sharing and saving money, as well as how to be smart consumers and distinguish between real and fake advertisements.
“I’m very glad that I sent my daughter to Camp Qatar 2015,” said Adel Al-Sharshani. “She was able to spend a lot of time with other students her age, and she really enjoyed it. She was very excited to leave for the camp every morning, and in the afternoon it was hard to get her home because she always wanted to stay longer,” he added.