Please find a Japanese version of this report here.
Academy Camp 2014 Winter - for mental and physical strength - was held from January 5 to 7 at National Bandai Youth Interchange House in Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture, where the radiation level is much lower (below the level in Tokyo). 49 children, from first graders to a tenth grader (first year of high school), participated in the camp to have fun strengthening their mental and physical abilities and making new friends. This was our second camp on medicine, partially funded by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and donations from Asahi One-Beer Club and donors at GlobalGiving.
The program started with learning an effective way for hand washing, by visualizing the effects of hand washing with black light, before taking the first lunch. Then we played snowball fight according to an international rule (Koide-type), learnt RICE first-aid treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) for soft tissue injuries, learnt about calories and nutritious balance, performed basic core training and learnt how to strengthen various muscles and to stretch them. All but the snowball fight were taught by university-student staff members of the camp specialized in medical care, dietetics and sports. The snowball fight was supervised by Shonandai Fuyu-shogun club team members.
On the final day, we gave the children and the university students an opportunity to get trained to change the world; each participant could choose one topic they experienced in this camp to learn more about it, and explore ways to communicate what they learnt with friends and family members when they return. This ended with some beautiful results. One example is an alternative to RICE first-aid treatment mnemonic. Because it is in English, no one in the camp could actually remember what it meant. But a group of children came up with 4 A's (Ansei, Aishingu, Appaku, Ageru) in Japanese with the exact same meaning as RICE, which is probably new, and could potentially be used throughout Japanese schools and households, changing a small but an important part of the world around us.
We do not know what they did with the mnemonic yet (hopefully they will promote it), but we receive e-mail messages from the parents telling that the children have already begun applying the new knowledge they obtained during the camp to their daily lives, performing gymnastics balances, stretching their muscles in new ways and so on.
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