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Holiday camps are a popular tradition in many countries. But apart from relaxing and having fun, many of them now offer a more challenging experience aimed at stimulating campers. In this edition of Learning World, we have a look at some of the different options on offer.

US: pre-teens meet pre-history

To begin, we head to the Rocky Mountain foothills, where youngsters on a Paleontology Camp re-trace the same tracks dinosaurs padded out over 100 million years ago.

Watching Jurassic Park from the couch might be one thing, but touching the ancient shoulder blade of an Allosauras beats almost all other summer alternatives and inspired by such geological jewels, many of these kids see their future in studying the past.

Italy: farming seized properties

In this section, we head to Southern Italy, where properties seized from the Italian Mafia are being used to house special summer camps designed to raise awareness about the fight against criminal organisations and to promote respect for the law.

On the same sites where drug barons once orchestrated trafficking rings and ordered murder-hits, students are cultivating fields to produce olive oil, pasta and wine, and holding civic responsibility lessons.

Ukraine: the Cossack way

Our last segment takes us all the way to the Ukraine, where a special summer Cossack camp actively encourages participants to immerse themselves in the history of this Eastern Slavic community.

Complete with traditional Cossack boats, clothes, and food, this is a celebration of the Cossack way of life, with plenty of outdoors activities, lots of Cossack cuisine, and more than a dollop of discipline.

Clearly there’s a lot more to do this summer break than just lying on a beach! Let us know what your family did this summer. Was it fun? What did you learn from it? Did you explore an interesting summer camp?

We look forward to hearing your feedback on our social media pages. And don’t forget our Twitter hashtag is #LEARNWORLD so do stay in touch.

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