There have been thirteen regular English Camps and three Super English camps across Akita as of May 2015. The regular camps aim to host up to 60 students, while the Super English camps try to limit to no more than 40 participants. The number of staff ranges depending on the size of the camp. Regular English Camps are further split into Pre-teen English Camps (5th-year Elementary School to 1st-year Junior High School) and Teen English Camps (2nd-year Junior High School to 3rd-year High School). Pre-teen English Camps are two days (Saturday noon - Sunday afternoon), Teen English Camps are three days (Friday afternoon - Sunday afternoon), while Super English Camps are four days. Students and staff are expected to stay overnight at the camp location.
Staff members are expected to wear the attire that they usually wear to work. After dinner, staff may change into more casual clothing.
Super English Camps
The Super English camps are similar to the regular English camps. However, the students must be a junior high school or senior high school student with an English proficiency equivalent to at least 準2級 of the Eiken (英検). There will be three super camps total. They will be four days long.
Full lesson plans will be sent your schools and then passed on to you. The camp will involve full group activities and small group activities. There is little if any preparation required from ALTs. The plans have been made in advance. However, it can be expected that some plans will have to be adjusted before and during the camp in response to varying group sizes and age variations. Typically, ALTs need to create one 20-minute activity for their cultural presentation on Friday night. Otherwise, ALTs need to be familiar with the activities they are in charge of during the camp with materials provided by the camp.
2017 Camp Schedule
|May 20-21||Yurihonjō||Iwaki Shōnen Shizen no Ie|
|May 27-28||Yokote||Horowasan Shōnen Shizen no Ie|
|June 24-25||Ōdate||Ōdate Shōnen Shizen no Ie|
|July 8-9||Akita||Prefectural Education Center|
|August 5-6||Akita||Prefectural Education Center|
|Sept 30 - Oct 1||Happō||Akita Shirakami Center|
|August 25-27||Ōdate||Ōdate Shōnen Shizen no Ie|
|October 27-29||Akita||Prefectural Education Center|
|August 15-18||Happō||Akita Shirakami Center|