C – 2011 – 05
CISV Summer Camp
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meet Your Director:
I'm Kayli your Camp Director! I'm so excited to
be getting involved in CISV again, it's been too
long! I've been involved with CISV since I was
11! This will be my first Summer Camp but I've
been a Village participant, JC and Jr. Staff. I
am a self confessed travelholic and I have spent
most of the last 3 years living and working in
England and Australia spending my free time
traveling as much as possible. After this camp
I'll probably be looking at returning to
University to study business and sustainability
or teaching. I love reading, music and people!
I'm really looking forward to meeting all of you
and I'm sure we are going to have an
Meet Your Staff:
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am excited to
be one of the staff for this summer camp. I
live in Toronto, Ontario and teach grade 7/8
during the school year. In the summer I love
being part of CISV programs! My favourite
part of CISV is meeting new people and I
can't wait to spend July with you guys in
Nova Scotia, Canada. One thing you'll notice
about me at camp is that I take a lot of
pictures with my camera - I love
photography and can't go anywhere without
my camera. I'm looking forward to meeting
all of you. If you want to chat before camp
starts feel free to email me or add me on
PLUS: One surprise staff who will be
A Bit About Halifax, Nova Scotia:
Halifax is one of the most eastern cities in
mainland Canada. It is the capital of Nova
Scotia, one of Canada’s 10 provinces. It’s in a
part of the country known as the Maritimes. It
is famous for being the home of Pier 21, the
dock where all immigrant ships docked
between 1928 and 1971.
Halifax is home to about 370,000 people.
Many of whom work as part of the Canadian
Military, mostly as part of the Navy. Other
people work for the government, the port of
Halifax, or in health care, agriculture, fishing,
mining and forestry.
The average July temperature is 23 C or 74 F.
But be prepared for warmer, humid weather
and cooler wet weather as well.
Check out Our Site!
We will be staying in town called Wolfville, which is just over an hour outside of Halifax.
From September to June, Landmark East is a boarding and day school for students with
language and learning difficulties like dyslexia. For the month of July it will be our home.
There are 2 dormitory buildings and one main building with a dining hall and many
smaller class rooms. The main building was at one time a hotel. Check out the google
street view link:
Suggested Packing List:
Please let your delegation know to pack clothes for about 11 days, laundry will be
done right on site towards the middle of our camp
For rainy days:
• Rain coat
• Warm sweater
For sunny days:
• Light clothes
• Swimming suit/trunks
• Running shoes
• Indoor shoes
• Walking shoes
• All the personal hygiene stuff you need for 3 weeks: shampoo, soap, toothbrush,
toothpaste and deodorant. And if you are a girl you may need to bring sanitary napkins
• A small backpack to use on shopping day and excursions.
• Some spending money for our shopping day (we suggest about $250 Canadian)
• Pen and paper for you notes.
• One fancy outfit
• A camera (optional).
• Stuff to trade - it can be CISV stuff or just stuff typical of your country.
• The things your delegation needs for your cultural evening.
• Many good ideas for activities!
• An open mind, a good mood and a wish to get to know everybody taking part in the
Forms Forms Forms:
Please make sure to bring your forms filled in:
• Health form (HF for all participants.)
• Legal form (YLIF for youth participants and ALIF for leaders)
And also bring:
• Passport and Visas (if needed)
• Copy of your passport and travel insurance
Remember that leaders must hand over the original forms to the staff, be sure to bring
your own set of copies and a copy for your delegates. Those arriving without valid travel
insurance will be required to obtain this and have a copy faxed to the camp site at once.
Those arriving without a health form or with an inadequate heath form will be taken to
the local doctor’s office and have the form filled out there. The cost of this will have to be
paid by the participant/leader in question. Each original YLIF and ALIF must be notarized
by a lawyer.
Our Theme: GREEN CIRCLES
Our theme will focus on the idea of sustainability using circles as a visual for the idea if
sustainability. Circles join things, connect us and in CISV we use circles all the time!
These days climate change and our impact on the environment have become hot
topics. It is up to the next generations to change what has happened before them. One
of the many ideas is to live a more sustainable life. For this camp we would like to focus
on our individual impact on the environment and how we can each live in a more
sustainable way. Our camp is located in the heart of the farming community of Nova
Scotia. When we Nova Scotians try to eat locally, or within the 100 mile diet, the
majority of that food is grown in Nova Scotia. What benefits does sustainability have and
what challenges do we have to overcome to increase our sustainability? Our camp will
touch on these environmental issues from an international perspective.
“We support the creation of sustainable solutions to problems relating to our
impact upon each other and the natural environment”
- CISV Educational Principles, CISV Passport
Potential things to look at and discuss as a delegation. These questions and websites
will help you plan and focus your thinking for your cultural activity and camp activities:
* What does sustainability mean to you?
* How can we make changes to our daily lives to be more sustainable
* What makes sustainability difficult?
* Is there anyone from your country who actively supports sustainability on an
international level (eg: Al Gore and his Inconvenient Truth documentary) that you could
present at camp.
* How can we promote sustainability in our global world
* What is your city/country focusing on in terms of sustainability (eg: buying local,
renewable energy like wind turbines, recycling projects, composting)
* Check out the webpage www.no-impact.com/10_Things_I_Can_Do.html
* Investigate what your city and or country is working on in terms of sustainable food
sources, energy sources or other sustainability issues in your area to share with us
* Find interesting quotes about sustainability to explore and discuss at camp
* Look into the idea of carbon neutral footprints and ecological footprints
* Think Globally, Buy Locally (100 Mile diet)
* Check out the webpage http://myfootprint.org/ to see what your ecological footprint is
and how we can reduce our footprint
Each delegation will be presenting a cultural activity at our summer camp. When you
arrive we will schedule times and dates for the presentations. Your activity should be
about one hour and should be interactive and fun! It may include a fun energizer that is
popular in your chapter and should be something the delegates have work together on
before and during camp. This activity is your delegation’s opportunity to present their
home country from the themes perspective. If you need anything special for you cultural
activity that we can help with please let us know!
About cell phones, ipods, mp3-players, walkmans, DS type game systems, etc: We can
understand if your delegates want to bring electronics to have some entertainment while
travelling. However, we suggest that they only bring the “most important”, if anything at
all. And if they do, we will keep it in the safe during the camp.
Arrivals and Departures:
Try to arrive and depart according to the times indicated in the pre camp 1 form. This
makes it easier for us to arrange pick ups from the airport and have a proper camp
ending with all delegations present the last day. If you can not make it within the times
indicated, please notify the staff as soon as you know. And every leader is encouraged
to fill out and send the PTIF-form (Participant Travel Information Form) as soon as you
have booked you tickets.
What To Do Next:
We end this pre camp with a list of things to start thinking about and doing:
• Book your tickets! And when you have: Fill out and send the PTIF to
• Get your delegation together and start getting to know each other and discussing the
theme and what you want to do for your cultural evening.
• All leaders should hand out HF and YLIF forms for their delegations to fill in.
Remember to bring the original to the staff, a copy for the leader and a copy for the
delegate to keep in his/her luggage. And all leaders must remember ALIF-forms for
• Introduce your delegates to the Summer Camp Activity Writing template (found in the
resources section of cisv.org) and the idea of working in teams to plan interesting and
• Leaders are asked to inform the staff of any delegates having a medical condition, a
special diet or any allergies or other things we should be aware of through the Village
Delegation Information Form. Fill it out and send it to Courtney (firstname.lastname@example.org)