Welcome to Camp Spando, Mărișel, 2024

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Limited spots available! If interested please email us at [email protected] 

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Camp Spando


Camp Spando, nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Mărișel, Cluj, offers a unique summer camp experience that combines the joys of outdoor adventure with creative arts, team sports, and educational workshops. Romanian United Foundation - RUF in partnership with Children International NFP, are dedicated to providing a safe, enriching environment where children ages 6-17 can explore, learn, and grow.

Location: Mărișel, Cluj
Ages: all ages (6 - 17)
Dates:
  1. June 29th- July 5th, 2024  (Ages:13-17)
  2. July 7th - July 12th, 2024  (Ages: 6-12)


Located in the heart of Transylvania, at Mărișel (Jud. Cluj), Camp Spando accommodates groups of up to 20 children, engaging them in diverse activities such as:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Reading 
  • Journalism
  • Digital Photography
  • English Language
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Orientation/Hiking
  • Camping
  • Indoor Camp Games
  • Outdoor Camp Games
  • Cook-out

In 2023, a group of 20 Romanian-American children spent one week at Spando, having a great time.

 

CAMP IDEOLOGY:


A safe environment for children where they will make friends, learn new activities, improve their Romanian language, and appreciate diversity better.  We emphasize the bonds of friendship that will be formed here, teamwork, the respect required and due when you work, sit and play in a community.

Some of you are sending your children to camp for the first time. We understand the trust you place in us and thank you for it.  We are aware that some children will face the problem of homesickness.  However, we believe that any child should and can overcome difficult childhood situations such as this one.

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COST:
  1. June 29th - July 5th / $500 (6 nights)
  2. July 7th - July 12th  / $420 (5 nights) 

 

TRANSPORTATION:
  • Not included in cost (neither from the US or from Cluj to Marisel)
  • Parents can organize carpools to transport children, or we can organize bus transportation from Cluj to Marisel for extra cost if necessary.
HOUSING:
  • In small housing setting of Spando house
  • 2-4 children in one room
FOOD:
  • 3 meals a day
  • Advise of any allergies!
  • Snacks between meals
SLEEP HOURS:
  • 8 am wake up time
  • 10 pm bedtime (quiet time)
  • if tired, can go to bed earlier
ELECTRONICS:
  • 1 hour at diner usually between 7-8 pm (this time may be modified but will advise if such), can call parents at this time, otherwise no electronics.
GROUPINGS:
  • approx. 7-10 kids per group, per age with 1 instructor per group, groups based on age, or distinction of capability and experience depending on activity.
LANGUAGE SPOKEN:
  • Romanian and English
DOCUMENTS: (forms to complete)
COVID:
  • no test, no mask, no vaccine required, no masks are required to be worn by camp workers.

DEADLINE to sign up for camp was: March 31st, 2024

(If you didn't register by the deadline, please email us at [email protected] and we can let you know if we have any spots still available)

Parent Guide (Romanian)

 

About Camp Spando


SPANDO SUMMER CAMPS FOR CHILDREN were born out of a passion for working with children and love for nature and are the extended format over a period of 5 days of the school trips that I organized whenever I had the opportunity, until then, as of physical education teacher. Our experiences as Leaders of camp activities in the United States of America and Croatia, the training and improvement courses within the American Camping Association that we followed, and our participation in the Work and Travel training were fundamentally theoretical and practical, which gave us gave confidence that we can do at least as well compared to others what we are doing now.

The satisfaction in the children's eyes every time they overcome new challenges, when they ask for involvement, and the glimmer of joy they have when they are appreciated for a job well done or personal achievement, gives us the strength to move forward, to improve continuously and the certainty that we have chosen one of the most beautiful jobs that exist: that of training people. Prof. Paul Curte - President TABERE SPANDO ROMANIA 

Children’s International NFP

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Children’s International, NFP is a nonprofit founded, organized and run by a group of Romanian mothers from Chicago who volunteer their time and effort. CI assumes its role in implementing the principles of UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child.