It’s the time of the year again, where parents here in Holland start looking into summer camps for their children. Several international organizations and schools in and around The Hague organize English-language summer camps, but if your child knows enough Dutch to get by, there is a much greater selection and availability. Local summer camps here in The Hague area come in many forms, for example ‘day camps’ are usually offered from 8:30-16:30 on select days, while ‘week camps’ are usually everyday for one or more weeks. Children must be between certain ages in order to register them for specific summer camps. You can generally find a range of summer camp options open to children and youth who fall somewhere between the ages of 4.5 – 20 years old.
HAAGSE SPORTKAMPEN offer several camps in The Hague.
Week 1 (13-17 July) Camps: Beach Volleyball (ages 10-15), Big 5 Extreme (ages 11-15), Dance (ages 6-15), Kiddo (ages 4-5), Multi Sports (ages 6-15), Beach Multi Sports (ages 10-15), Gymnastics (ages 6-15), Surf (ages 8-15), Tennis (ages 6-15).
Week 2 (17-21 August) Camps: Kiddo (ages 4-5), Multi Sports (ages 6-15).
Each day commonly runs 8:15-17:30, and for those who don’t live nearby, there is also the option to stay over night.
If you want your children to improve their Dutch in a playful way, sign them up for “Dutch for kids”
ZOMERKAMP DEN HAAG organises a summer camp, with actual camping in Luyksgestel (Noord Brabant), for children ages 7 -15. It runs from 11-18 July. During this camp, children get to sleep in tents, play in the woods, explore natural surroundings, learn to barbecue, swim, build campfires, learn crafts, go on night walks and more.
VINEA.NL (“Jeugd en Jongerenvakantie”) offers a variety of activities for children/youth ages 7-20 in various locations throughout the country. Locally they have activities in Delft, including learning Dutch or English, surfing, sailing, WNF ranger club, science, beach activities, pony riding, learning sports like golf and football, as well as a themed camp on the topic “Hoe overleef ik” (i.e. how do I survive puberty?) for ages 10-14 (this one is based on the series of books by Francine Oomen).
O’NEILL SURF CAMP offers many options of surfing-related summer camps including their combicamp, golfsurfcamp, windsurfcamp and kitesurfcamp. The camps take place in Brouwersdam (Zeeland) and are geared for children and youth in two age groups (ages 10-12 and ages 13-17). In the combicamp, children learn the basics of all three disciplines (golfsurfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing) over the course of 16 hours in a week. Required equipment is supplied by the school (you can also bring your own, of course).
NATIONALE SPORTCAMPS FOR EXPATS offers: hockey (boys ages 6-17), football/soccer (boys/girls ages 5-14), tennis (boys/girls ages 6-14), golf (boys/girls ages 6-14), multisport (boys/girls ages 8-14), “sport and games” (sport en spel) for younger children (ages 4-7).
These camps are available in more than 50 different locations in the Netherlands and abroad.
WESTVLIETS CAMP runs from 11 July to 30 August 2015, and is divided in four age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16. The children work in well-organized groups depending on their age and level. There is a maximum of 12 children per age group. The hours are 08:30 – 17:30.
YMCA in Rijswijk organises summer camps from 11 to 18 July, for children ages 6 – 15 in Twente and Ootmarsum.
YMCA in Wassenaar organises a summer camp from 11-18 July for boys and girls ages 7-14 in Gelderland. Bus transport is included in the price.
JEUGDCAMPEN offers a great variety of activities for children ages 7-18 in The Hague area (and abroad too).
SAILING SCHOOL DE KAAG offers a day camp but there is also the option for overnight stay.
BRAASSERMERMEER offers a sailing camp from 13 to 17 July. For more details, contact them via the online form.