| Sep 18, 2023
Academy Camp 2023 Summer "Hakone Stay-In Trip"
High five with a penguin, memory of the aquarium
Please find a Japanese version of this report here.
For three days and two nights, from August 5 to 7, we held our first midsummer camp in a while in Hakone, a summer resort in the Kanto region, Japan. 10 children, from Fukushima and other areas, from elementary school to high school and technical college students, gathered for this camp whose title says "stay-in" implying indoor, but not quite so actually.
We boarded a pirate ship (which is Lake Ashi's mode of transportation), checked into an inn with cats, and then ventured outside, fortunately in the rain (because that would keep us cool in the middle of summer) to enjoy adventures in the woods, glass blowing, puzzle solving, an aquarium, a petting zoo, and more... Yes, and BBQ and fireworks too!
But our goal for this camp was to have a large language model automatically write book reports. In order to do this, we retreated for a little while to the Seisa University's Hakone Campus. There, we introduced into our chat a prompt (a program) that essentially asked us, "Who are you, claiming to have read this book?" And as we continuously answered the relentless question of who we were (in relation with the books), the large language model automatically wrote our impressions of the book. The result was a collection of wonderful reading responses, which we shared among ourselves.
It has been a long time since we have held a summer physical camp, and we think it was a wonderful memory. We hope that the children would agree, and we can have many new camp experiences in the future.
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Let's get on the pirate ship
A forest adventure accomplished
Longed-for glass-blowing experience
Just about the only stay-in activity, with books
Checking out of the beloved lodging with cats