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The main organisers have been working with children since their student years. In the nineties, according to new legislation, the Association of Entrepreneurs was founded for annual summer camps in Stádlec. In the year 2000 the Czech law regulating travel changed, and as a result the association was transformed into a regular travel agency. SYKA AGENCY a.s., travel agency is insured by ČPP, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group. Perhaps you have heard or read about our successful camps. We have been organising the camp SUMMER TIME for the past 25 years. This is a camp with an English focus, adventure activities and sports. A few years later, now already seventeen years ago, we set up a new camp, ENGLISH 4 YOU with intensive English lessons exclusively with native English speaking teachers. The increasing popularity for high quality communication in foreign languages led to the further expansion of our programs, so we prepared an international camp, EUROCAMP – www.euro-camp.eu, which is a combination of the two previous programs; this year will mark its 15th season. The main people behind the SUMMER TIME camp are true specialists:
Pavel Jahelka is an experienced camp leader who has shown a lot of ability and an open-minded approach to children over the past years. Since 2004 he has occupied various positions at SUMMER TIME CAMPS. From 2006 he has proven his abilities as the main leader for the English courses ENGLISH 4 YOU and he was also helping with the realisation of camps SUMMER TIME and EUROCAMP. At SYKA AGENCY a.s. he is now standing as the coordinator of programs being organised by this travel agency. At the same time he is taking care of the whole year’s administration, propagation, and other fields connected with SUMMER TIME CAMPS. Pavel’s strength is his friendly character and kindly approach to the kids that makes him a camp favourite.
Ing. Josef Syka is the founder of the camps SUMMER TIME, ENGLISH 4 YOU and EUROCAMP (see www.syka.cz). He is the owner of both camps where events take place. Until 2005 he was also the main leader for ENGLISH 4 YOU. He is focused on constantly improving and offering new ideas, as well as the camps’ promotion. He is always trying to come up with something new, something progressive. Nowadays he is more focused on programs that unify children from different countries. Thanks to the growing offers of different language camps and courses, the central aim of his work has developed – to help children prepare for a modern Europe through fun and play. Currently, he is the responsible representative and consultant of SYKA AGENCY a.s., travel agency.
Karolína Kankrlíková is a teacher at an elementary school in Prague and is simultaneously completing her distance education of pedagogy in Pilsen. She has been at our English camps since 2009, first as a child, then as a team leader and assistant to the Main Leader. In the travel agency SYKA AGENCY a.s., she has been head of the SUMMER TIME camps since 2018 and this year she will lead all three terms again. For her, the camp leaders mean a guarantee of originality and dynamism, but she especially admires children's immediate and natural reactions to the camp activities and environment. And because she loves traveling, she often replays her extraordinary experiences within the camp games. Her strength and "enemy" is a resounding voice that can be heard from every corner of the camp. You will surely please her when you ask her about her future travel plans.
Adrienne Eberhart was born in Washington, D.C. After completing university studies in International Relations and Biology, she visited Europe where she fell in love with traveling. Soon after, in 2007, she moved to Prague and completed her TEFL studies. She is living in Prague permanently since then. Afterwards, Adrienne taught preschool and worked as a counselor in our camps for four years. Now she teaches elementary school in Prague and works for a language school focused on TEFL programs. Since 2017 Adrienne has been Native Speaker Co-ordinator for camps EUROCAMP, ENGLISH 4 YOU and SUMMER TIME and has full responsibility for the quality of our English teachers and counselors work. Her interests include languages, especially learning Czech, sport, travel, cooking, reading and modern art.

SUMMER TIME - camp history

1993

In 1993 the idea for SUMMER TIME was born and in the summer of 1994, the first camp of many took place, all designed so that children, through fun and adventure games, were able to practise their English language skills. The first year was mainly formed around the personal teaching methods of the individual leaders, the following two years saw the character of the individual camps determined by the main leaders who created the ideal of the camp SUMMER TIME through the forms of the main camp games.

1997

In 1997, the concept of the main camp game was formed, prepared by the camp leaders each year it is what gives SUMMER TIME its uniqueness, which is indelibly written into the memories of children. Even today's themes are not intended merely to distract children and entertain, but also to educate. One characteristic of the SUMMER TIME camps is also games that match the requirement that older and younger children help each other.

2014

After 20 years, where previously there was one hour of the morning program reserved for English, a fundamental change was implemented in 2014 with English becoming the core content of the whole morning. After another three years, when the emphasis on intensive language training, along with the attractiveness of the main camp game formed the two basic pillars of the camp program, another transformation occurred cementing the importance of the main camp game through transition to adventure games. Popular adventure themes from the main camp game became a permanent part of the camp and will continue to do so in the coming years, the same way English has become the core of the day.

Camp themes history

The purpose of the main game is the subtle influence on children's relationship with values ​​such as friendship and cooperation (Dinotopia in 1997 staged the coexistence of people with a culture of intelligent dinosaurs), bravery and responsibility (Watership Down in 1998 saw a colony of rabbits fighting for their place on earth), respect for nature (Journey to the Beginning of Time in 1999 told a retrospective story way back into the distant past), self-discipline and respect for the abilities of others (Egypt and Babylon in 2000 where two rival ethnic groups lead to mutual rapprochement), the ability to cope with adverse circumstances (The Hope of the Kingdom of two Peoples in 2001 saw us return to the dark ages when thieves ragged in Bohemia after the Hussite wars, where George of Podebrady grappled with them), mutual esteem (Pocahontas Goes to Europe in 2002, an Indian princess appeases her people with an English wedding to a white settler, with whom she travelled to baroque London), pride in the European tradition (Titanic in 2003, building, sailing and the immortal fame of the beautiful liner) orientation in unfamiliar surroundings (Holidays in the Stars in 2004, a fictional flight to Venus, inhabited by prehistoric animals and humans), patriotism (In the Days of Princess Libuse 2005, symbols of Czech abilities in the oldest tales from forefathers after St. Wenceslas), ecology (Nils and the Wild Geese, 2006, when contact with the Swedish countryside turns a bad-boy into nobleman) wisdom against selfishness and freedom against oppression (The Magic Flute, 2007, a fairy tale according to the opera by Mozart highlighting positive social change during the Enlightenment), a desire for knowledge (Rudolf’s Secret Collection, 2008, a show of artistic, scientific and social life during the Prague Renaissance), the philosophy of equal relationships, friendships and a healthy life (Beyond the Shades, 2009, a game inspired by the romance and depth of the stories by famous Czech writer Jaroslav Foglara), the power of ancient traditions, leading to current success (Journey to the Forbidden City in 2010, the status of historical and present-day China in the world), tolerance, generosity and respect for the environment in today's multicultural society (With Gulliver up to Laputa in 2011, less famous expeditions which inspired the fantastic travelogue of the English writer Jonathan Swift), the force of sanity (The Painful Journey of Heroic Odysseus in 2012, the Homeric epic of courage, true love and especially the importance of intelligence in key situations), belief in your own abilities (The Mysterious Island in 2013 where we clashed with the mysteries of natural elements and enemies with their own weaknesses in the core Jules Verne novel), teamwork and active participation in the protection of natural heritage (Salmon in 2014, the extraordinarily capabilities of the tenacious fish on their adventurous life journey), the meaning of aesthetic sensitivity and empathy (The Runaway Appaloosa Horse in 2015, horse as a symbol of beauty and freedom, the graceful romance of the Wild west), an adventure that leads one to challenge oneself (The Eight-thousanders in 2016, pushing the boundaries of human possibility while negotiating the highest mountains in the world), toughness in pursuit of the goal (Vikings 2017, where warriors and businessmen were in conflict with adversity), patience in expectation of an uncertain outcome (In the Depths of the Caves 2018, cavemen discovering natural cave formations, hidden treasures and prehistoric secrets).

A gentle and appealing approach towards teaching English and the purposefully developed adventure games are the two most important traditions of the camp SUMMER TIME, which has been systematically improved year upon year.

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