Feb 24, 2020

Academy Camp Way of Cleaning Hands

Nursing student shows how to clean hands
Nursing student shows how to clean hands

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

As of February, 2020, an outbreak of COVID-19, the contagious disease by the new coronavirus, is ongoing here in Japan. Many big events in Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan have been postponed or scaled down. Our next camp, Academy Camp 2020 Spring "Let's Make a Sports Day to Break Down Preconceived Ideas" is scheduled in March, near Lake Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture. At this moment, our intention is to hold the camp as planned, considering the relatively small number of participants (about 37 children and 13 staff members). Our decision, of course, is subject to change according to how the situations develop.

We will take any necessary precautions upon holding the camp. We will not allow any staff members to participate in the camp if they or their housemates experience symtoms such as fever, and we would like to ask the same for the participating children and their families.

Actually, the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has issued a notice for potential travelers to Japan, which we think is also beneficial for domestic travelers in Japan. They state that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel, and travelers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often.

Yes, we should clean our hands often, in appropriate ways.

Six years ago, we held Academy Camp 2014 Winter near Lake Inawashiro, at which we tackled health issues including sanitation by cleaning hands. We did what may be called "evidence-based handwashing".

First, groups of children each had a hypothesis of best ways of cleaning hands, and then they washed their hands after making them dirty with a special lotion so that the results can be checked with black light. Nursing students (who are professional nurses by now) showed how they were trained to wash their hands, and then we applied the best practice for cleaning hands before meals.

Perhaps we should do this again. Our next camp is going to be held at the same venue as where we did this six years ago, and we are looking forward to coming back.

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Cleaning hands - first time around
Cleaning hands - first time around
Checking the level of cleanliness with black light
Checking the level of cleanliness with black light
Cleaning hands - second time around w/ improvement
Cleaning hands - second time around w/ improvement
Meal time - coming back to the venue this March
Meal time - coming back to the venue this March

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Dec 2, 2019

Academy Camp - Our Child Safeguarding Charter, and Towards 2020

From the last summer camp
From the last summer camp

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We believe that we have always acted this way, but we have finally written it down. We have published our Child Safeguarding Charter as follows:

"We, the friends of Academy Camp, promise the following for our members (children participating in our programs):


1. Protect the members by giving their lives and health first priority.
2. Work to understand the goals they want to achieve, and help them achieve those goals themselves.
3. Provide equal opportunities to all members regardless of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or other physical or mental conditions.
4. We will do the individual care for each member necessary for the above.


We, the friends of Academy Camp, constantly train ourselves to improve the experiences we provide to satisfy the above, and to prepare against internal and external threats. We also treat all the children we meet outside the camp accordingly."

We have already shared this charter among our staff members by printing it on the staff manuals for the summer camps in August, and we decided to open it to public.

We have held a staff training camp in September in Tokyo for introspection/team-building workshops and fun. Some of the participants were student volunteers from Fukushima who joined our camps as members in the past.

Our next camp will be in March 2020. This time, we will come back to the venue by Lake Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture. We hope that there will be a lot of playing and learning fun in the camp.

 

GlobalGiving’s 2019 #GivingTuesday Campaign

We really appreciate your taking part. The campaign will begin Dec. 3, 2019, at 00:00:00 ET and end at 23:59:59 ET (that is Dec. 3 at 14:00:00 JST to Dec. 4 at 13:59:59 JST). There will be a $500,000 Incentive Fund that will be distributed to us proportionally based on final fundraising totals. Please take this great opportunity to further help children in Fukushima and Academy Camp!

From staff training camp - time for introspection
From staff training camp - time for introspection
From the last winter camp
From the last winter camp
From the last summer camp
From the last summer camp

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Oct 14, 2019

Academy Camp 2019 Summer - REINVENT THE WORLD - Term 2

Improvised 2-Person Play
Improvised 2-Person Play

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

From August 12 to August 16, 2019, we held our second summer camp this year, the term 2 of Academy Camp 2019 Summer - REINVENT THE WORLD. The camp locations were Nojima Youth Training Center, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, and Kanazawa-Hakkei Campus of Kanto-Gakuin University, all in City of Yokohama. 33 children from Fukushima joined the camp, including three high-school students as sub-leaders, the role for elder participants of Academy Camp to experience works of the camp staff.

This time, the theme of the camp was to think about Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 14 : Life below water. We applied design thinking techniques to our workshops so that the children could think about it in a designing point of view, and we also actually visited aquariums in Hakkeijima Sea Paradise to help their thinking.

At Sea Paradise, three children suffered from heat stroke and took a rest at the First Aid Center there. Fortunately, all three of them recovered quickly, and were able to return safely to the lodging at night. We thought we had paid enough attention to our health management, including hydration, but we learned a lesson, and will be more careful when holding summer camps.

We also invited actors group 6-dim+, as we always do in summer, to give an improvisation workshop and a live performance, where we laughed and laughed, and also learned a lot about the courage to face the unknown. We played Sociological Imagination Game to imagine lives in year 2050. We also made dumplings.

In the conclusive workshop, we thought about year 2050, when the world has succeeded in preserving the richness of the oceans, and asked the children to consider what words they would give to their children as adults (in the form of acronym essays). Here is one example of what came out: "See, the world is so huge! We preserved it because we didn't want you to see the world like garbages come flowing." (Initial characters of the sentences in Japanese form "SDGs".)

We surely hope that the children will be able to say something like that to their descendants.

Design Thinking Fun
Design Thinking Fun
Vote for Future : Sociological Imagination Game
Vote for Future : Sociological Imagination Game
At Sea Paradise
At Sea Paradise
Seeking Sustainable Living with Lives Below Water
Seeking Sustainable Living with Lives Below Water
A Group Photo at Kanto-Gakuin University
A Group Photo at Kanto-Gakuin University

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