This winter break, instead of wiling away the hours glued to one of many mobile devices, children have the chance to hone their athletic and artistic skills at one of several camps around the capital.
From football to art, skills development, hiking and even gaming, these camps provide kids with the chance to learn and have fun through educational and sports activities. Many camps are good outlets for children’s abundant physical energy, while others provide a great outlet for creative self-expression. In all cases, children will learn to participate in a competitive and healthy community environment, while parents can keep their sanity intact during the busy holiday season.
Camps of this sort in Egypt are growing in number and variety as well as getting more elaborate. As an added bonus, one camp has even brought in a European football star to personally walk young athletes through pitch training.
Campus Xavi Palm Hills
In collaboration with FC Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez, Egyptian real estate developer Palm Hills is holding a youth football camp at Palm Hills Club in 6 of October city.
Campus Xavi Palm Hills started on December 19 and will go until the 23rd, during which young footballers will learn new skills from Hernandez and 15 other certified trainers.
Hernandez’ visit to Cairo is the first stop on his five-year campus tour to train youth outside his home country, namely in the Middle East and Africa, to “promote football in emerging countries.” The star athlete has spent the past 16 years training more than 20,000 children from around the world at his football campus in Gerona, Spain.
In Egypt, Campus Xavi Palm Hills will mentor and coach 500 aspiring football players aged 6-16. At its completion, five winners will get the chance to visit Barcelona’s training camp in Spain. Priced at a hefty 1,200 euros, the package includes full board accommodation, transportation and sports gear as well as a certificate signed by Hernandez presented at a graduation ceremony.
The 34-year-old FC Barcelona central midfielder made his football debut at a youth academy at the age of 11. He then joined FC Barcelona in 1988 and announced his retirement this year following Spain’s elimination from 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Although Hernandez is a star in his own right, FC Barcelona itself is currently one of the most popular and closely followed clubs for football fans in Egypt. This is especially now, when local football has stagnated over the past three years with Egypt’s national team failing for the third time to qualify for the African cup, when previously it was undefeated for years.
Hernandez’ elaborate style as a midfielder, along with team mates Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta, led to FC Barcelona’s successes and some of the most exciting football plays fans have seen in years.
Rizkallah Winter Camp
What started strictly as an art camp by artist Adli Rizkallah, known for his unique method of “play and learn through art,” this winter sees much more. Between December 21 and January 8, three camps will offer sports activities including tennis, golf, fitness, boot camp and martial arts for children aged 4-12. The camps’ locations are Katameya Heights in New Giza and Samia Allouba in Sheikh Zayed, 6 of October.
Rizkallah, who studied fine arts in the early 60s, made valuable contributions to children books as an author and illustrator in the Egyptian publishing company Dar el-Helal. He was also a coordinator for children’s TV programs.
The hours of this camp daily are between 9am and 3:30 pm with extra hours until 5 pm. Discounts are available for students of Choueifat, Hayah, BSE, DEO, AIS, Voltaire, Kipling, Alson, and Lycee Français students.
Registration is at the Samia Allouba Center in Sheikh Zayed and Katameya Heights in New Cairo. For more information call 012-1111-2671 or 010-6628-5545; visit www.adlirizkallah.net. The pricing is LE750 per child.
KGC Christmas Camp
The Kids Game Camp is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by launching a Christmas Camp that will see a week of sports activities held at Beit El-Wadi in Wadi al-Natron located on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road.
Fun, challenging and competitive games and outdoor activities will be organized while the campers will learn valuable lessons and skills through experiential learning games. The sports schedule includes soccer for boys and girls, squash, basketball tennis, volleyball and skateboarding.
The camp dates are December 26-30 for children between 10-13 and 14-17. Fees are LE1,250. To register, fill the online form at http://www.kidsgamescamp.com/ or call 012-7009-6551.
With their year-round camp schedule, it is easy to find something for any child to be interested in. Camp-O-Mania is offering day or residential camps with activities include swimming, hiking, cooking, horseback riding, dancing and movement as well as drama and jewelry making.
The camps are held Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 4 pm in three different locations: Smart Village Club, Smash Tennis Academy-Airport and Smash Kattameya Residence Club.
Pickup points are al-Karma Compound in Sheikh Zayed, Maadi and Kattameya, door-to-door pickup can also be arranged. For more information, call 012-2802-2285 or 012-2341-0007.
CLC Book Chefs Winter Camp
Maadi’s Creative Learning Center nursery and preschool is organizing a winter camp from December 21 until late February for children aged 4-12. Every day, children will take part in the Book Chefs winter camp and enjoy cooking sessions, themed art projects, and a planned field trip every Thursday with parents’ permission.
The cooking sessions vary from baking to decorating cakes to making pizzas and salads, but the children don’t actually go into the kitchen themselves for safety reasons. Instead, they get to prepare and decorate after the cooking while the kitchen helpers do the baking.
The camp is open 8:30am to 3:30pm with extra hours available, and the fee is LE800 a week, which includes two meals a day. There is a one-time application fee of LE50. Transportation can be arranged via CLC for an added cost.
Call to reserve at the Maadi branch: 010-0031-3233; New Cairo: 010-6654-7132; and 6 of October: 010-2337-0306.
The Christmas Day Camp at the Canadian International School of Egypt organized by Wellspring, an institute for children and families’ development through creative character-based programs, is offering creative and skill development gaming that aim to bring experimental learning to life.
The camp goes from December 21-25 for kids between 4 and 14 years of age and is priced at LE850 including meals. Transportation pickup points to Beit al-Wadi in Wadi al-Natron on Cairo-Alex Road are available in Heliopolis Club, al-Ahly Club in Nasr City in addition to two other points in Zamalek and Maadi.
Book a space by calling the hotline 8000 or visit www.wellspringegypt.com.
*This content is sponsored by Palm Hills Developments