Metsäkartano School Camp Package, Summer Program

Our school camp package includes accommodation with bedlinen, sauna, full board and program.

Accommodation in our Wilderness hotels Sirnikka (17 rooms, 48 beds) and/or Justeeri (12 rooms, 38 beds). Every room has bunk beds, toilet and shower.

Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner), served in the restaurant, buffet.

Price: starting from c. 450 € / student.
Prices net, including vat.
Transfers not included.

Note: This is a program example only. Various other activities are available both seasons. Ask for a tailormade program for your group. Recommended ages 7 – 20 years

Day 1

Arrival to Metsäkartano
Nature trip, getting to know forest types, plants and animals
Sauna culture and how to use sauna
Sauna and swimming

Day 2

Canoeing, getting to know water biology and ecology
Wilderness skills
Baking carelian pies

Day 3

Stone jewellery, from Finnish soap stone
Biking and hiking to Pumpulikirkko giants cauldron
Dinner by the fire at Kammi turf cabin, cultural program

Day 4

Creativity and Finnish culture
School visit to Rautavaara elementary school
Sauna and swimming

Day 5

Breakfast and Departure to the next stop

Read more about the activities

Geographically forests around Metsäkartano are continental climate, belonging to the boreal vegetation zone. In most countries forests are divided based on tree types but in Finland the forest site types are independent of the tree species and characterized by a distinct, more or less identical plant species.

Objectives: The goal is to get to know surrounding nature areas and its flora and fauna. The students will learn to move in nature by walking different surfaces and to share information with each other. •

Description: With the help of an instructor the students will start to collect information by doing and making notes. Students will also be encouraged to share information and ask questions. During the winter Metsäkartano will provide snow shoes.

Note: Weather conditions determines required clothing and area we will get to know.

Lake Ylä-Keyritty is approx. 360 ha and has 30 kilometers shoreline. Peninsula where main buildings are located gives sheltered places from wind for canoeing. During the canoeing trip we will get to know the lake by surveying the flora and fauna in and around the lake.

Objectives: The goal is to offer experiences in a form of canoeing activity. The students will learn to operate the canoe in safe way and learn team work while canoeing. In addition, the students will learn about surrounding flora and fauna by surveying the lake.

Description: Students will learn canoeing techniques, safety and team work. During the canoeing students will learn to observe lake nature and study water biology helped by instructor. Metsäkartano provides canoes, safety vests, paddles and water proof bags.

Note: Have clothing according to weather.

Carelian pies (Karjalanpiirakka in Finnish) has Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status in Europe. We will bake together rye crusted pies filled with rice porridge and eat them warm from oven with traditional egg butter.

Objectives: The goal is to give students skill to bake traditional pastry and learn more about Finnish food culture.

Description: Instructor will give basic information about baking and students will be in charge of baking pastries for their own meal. End of the program baked pastries will be eaten together while reflecting the activity. Metsäkartano provides all equipment and ingredients used during workshop.

Note: Inform instructor if you have gluten allergy or you are sensitive to dust.

Finnish soapstone is one of the treasures from Finnish bedrock. Locally mined stone is the best quality in the world. Stone is easy to work with hand tools and gives you satisfaction of doing art with your hands.

Objectives: Student will have at the end of workshop knowledge and skill to work with soaps stone. Instructor will teach and help students to start creative process of creating own pendant.

Description: Instructor will give basic information of tools and techniques to work with soap stone. Stone is easy to work with hand tools.

Note: Inform instructor if you have dust allergy. Work is dusty so take it into consideration when choosing clothing

Wilderness skills used to be everyday skills in older times in Finland. Surviving in changing seasons, weather and terrains requires knowledge of using the knife, making fire and shelter. We will learn together how to make fire in different conditions and different weathers and learn how to use tools safely to build temporary shelter.

Objectives: With the help of instructor students will gain knowledge and skill for wilderness skills: save way of using knife, different ways of making fire and different techniques for building temporary shelter to forest. Students will learn to take care of themselves in wilderness locations.

Description: Instructor will give theory lesson for wilderness skills indoors. After basic knowledge lesson theory will be transferred into practice outdoors near Metsäkartano main building area. Instructor will teach safe ways of using tools and making fire in nature. Metsäkartano provides needed tools and equipment´s for all activities used during workshop.

Note: Prepare yourself according to the weather for outdoor practice.

“Kammi”, turf cabin used to be the accommodation in ancient times in Finland. Oldest found turf cabin dates 8500 years ago. Metsäkartanos turf cabin is modernized version offering perfect opportunity to have a meal by the fire next to the lake and still protected from elements. During the evening we will enjoy meal by the fire, learn stories from Finnish anthem “Kalevala” and have special ceremony based on traditional protectors of nature

Objectives: Students will have experience and information about the past housing in Finland. Students will be active part of evening program.

Description: Turf cabin is situated approx. 700 meters from main building area. Moving to turf cabin can happen by foot, by canoe or by sliding snow shoes depending on season and weather. Turf cabin is protected from rain. During the evening instructor will give students demonstration and program about Finnish culture and traditions. End of the program group will enjoy meal prepared by the fire. Metsäkartano provides needed equipment´s for all activities and meal during workshop.

Note: Wear clothing according to the weather. Turf cabin is under the soil so there is little bit colder than outside during summer time.

Pumpulikirkko is a large giant's cauldron open on one side. Visitors can get inside to the giants kettle to see the sheer cliff walls surrounding the open place on the bottom. Pumpulikirkko, which means cotton ball church, was probably named this because of the thick ice covering its walls in winter. In spring when the ice melts it looks like cottony clouds. The giant´s kettle itself looks like an altar room. We will go to Pumpulikirkko riding bicycles which are easy to use on changing roads (asphalt and sandy roads).

Objectives: To learn to ride bicycle on changing road systems in forest areas. Students will learn information about surrounding landscapes and giants cauldron area and can use their observation skills while hiking in the forest

Description: Biking trip to Pumpulikirkko and back is 16 kilometers which gives good opportunity to learn biking. Giants cauldron area offers good hiking possibilities and moment to learn different type of nature experiences and knowledge

Note: Terrain in giants cauldron area is changing: trail, wooden trail and cliff, wear good shoes and be prepared for the weather with your clothing. Metsäkartano provides bicycles and helmets.

Finns have a very strong sense of national identity. This is rooted in the country’s history – particularly its honorable wartime achievements and significant sporting merits – and is today nurtured by pride in Finland’s high-tech expertise. Via different creative methods we have chance to learn Finnish language, culture, music, movies and past time glory.

Objectives: With the help of instructor students will have basic information of Finnish culture and creative methods to create a play from learned subjects. At the play students will introduce their own viewpoint of Finnish.

Description: Instructor will give students basic information about Finnish culture in interactive workshop. Students will have time to develop their own play by using learned methods. Metsäkartano will provide needed equipments and tools used during workshop.

The main objective of Finnish education policy is to offer all citizens equal opportunities to receive education. The structure of the education system reflects these principles. The system is highly permeable, that is, there are no dead-ends preventing progression to higher levels of education. The focus in education is on learning rather than testing. There are no national tests for pupils in basic education in Finland. Instead, teachers are responsible for assessment in their respective subjects on the basis of the objectives included in the curriculum. Rautavaara school is small school having just over 100 students in elementary and high school combined.

Objectives: Students will have personal experience of Finnish schooling system and contact with Finnish students and teachers. Students will present their own schooling system and culture to Finnish students.

Description: Rautavaara school is located 24 kilometers from Metsäkartano. Group will go to school by bus organized by Metsäkartano or group by selves. During the study visit students will be interaction with Rautavaara school students and teachers and have possibility to follow school work.

Note: Be prepared to introduce your own culture and school system

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