THAO Healthy Summer Campus
On June 23rd, 2011 ‘special’ summer camps called ‘Campus Thao’ opened their doors to the children from 5 towns in Andalucia (Jerez de la Frontera, Barbate, La Línea de la Concepción, San Roque, Sanlúcar de Barrameda). These summer healthy camps for children aged 4 to 14 years old will last the entire summer and are from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Thao Foundation organizes them to promote healthier lifestyles through fun, physical activity and healthy and balanced diet.
The Thao programme, based on the EPODE methodology and aimed at preventing childhood obesity, was created in 2007 to promote healthier lifestyles in the towns involved in the programme. In order to foster this local mobilisation during the summer holidays, the Thao organized and has launched these healthy summer camps thanks to the sponsorphip of one of its private partner, DKV Seguros together with the collaboration of the municipalities
In this framework, a day in the campus always starts with a healthy breakfast to highlight the importance of starting a day full of activities properly. The children also have the opportunity to play a wide range of sports and other physical activities, all the while having fun and learning the value of the team spirit and solidarity. Each day, to refreshen and have fun during the hot summer, the children participate in several water activities in the swimming pools of the towns involved (see article on the current Thao Season).
In addition to the time dedicated to sports, during the whole summer, each camp proposes a wide range of recreational and cultural activities through creative workshops (juggling, painting, cooking etc.) and visits to the most interesting sites in the town. Indeed, one of the objectives of the THAO Campus is to promote children’s curiosity and to provide information regarding their own region and town. To complete a day at Campus Thao, one hour at the end of the afternoon is dedicated to summer homework and the review of the contents of the school programme for the upcoming year.
This innovative initiative involving children and their families involves the mobilization of the local stakeholders who support the THAO programme all year long (schools, NGOs, municipal infrastructures) and breathes energy into the programme during the summer. This first year, 5 towns are involved but we can easily imagine that more and more cities will implement the THAO Campus in the years to come (see also the interview of a local project manager, Maria Eugenia Jimenez from Alcobendas town).
For more information on THAO Campus click here.