Klub Filary Summer Camp

This summer, a group of 16 high-school girls went to a summer camp organized by Klub Filary. It was held in Biały Dunajec, in southern Poland. 

The main goal of the camp was to show the participants how it is possible to rest, while using the time well and getting actively engaged to help others. The girls did volunteering work, which included cleaning the tombs of a local cemetery and participating in a national event called "Czyste Tatry" (Clean Tatra Mountains). 

The latter was a great opportunity to combine hiking with the care of the environment. During the camp, different workshops and classes were held, which helped the participants to develop their personality and encourage them to work on their character. They also had English lessons, during which they discussed topics such as fashion and art. 

An Interview with Weronika Watrakiewicz

An interview with Weronika Watrakiewicz, a 17 year-old. She participated in Klub Fialry’s activities when she was younger, and now she helps as one of the tutors. She has been a summer camp counselor in the past two years.

When did you start coming to Klub Filary? What attracted you to attend its activities?

I’ve started coming to the Klub six years ago. My mom encouraged me to try it and one day I decided to do it. I’ve enjoyed it since then. 

What did you like most about the Klub, when you used to come to its activities as a participant (not as volunteer/counsellor)? 

What I appreciated the most was the possibility to get to know girls my age and to spend time with them. It was also an occasion to rest a bit from my family, especially younger siblings.

Looking at it from a certain time perspective, what did Klub Filary give you?

It gave me the opportunity to meet people who share the same values as me, many of whom have become good friends and we still keep in touch. 

As a tutor in Klub Filary what do you try to teach the younger girls?

I try to teach them optimism and a certain joy of life. I think these are very important values which they will need when they go to high school and later on to university and meet people who won’t always share their values and outlook on life. The other thing that I try to teach them is how to live and “function well” in a group, with their friends and family. 

Summer Camp

The capstone of this year's activities at Klub Filary was the summer camp. On June 27th a group of 70 girls, ages 9 to 12, along with their mentors went to Poronin, a picturesque city located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. 

During the camp the participants had an opportunity to develop various talents and abilities thanks to the workshop sessions that were held. These included dance, theatre, arts and crafts. There were also several hiking trips, during which the girls could discover the beauty of the Tatra Mountains and feel the satisfaction of reaching the top of mountain summit.

The camp also gave them the opportunity to deepen already existing friendships and to make new friends. This was facilitated by daily get-togethers in smaller groups with their mentors as well as the evening meetings with the other campers, during which they could also share their talents.