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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

International Campers and Counselors

One of the great aspects of Woodcraft is that we have campers and staff members from all over the world. In the summer of 2012, all six of the inhabited continents were represented at Woodcraft. We haven't been able to coax a penguin from Antarctica yet.
Scottish Mike bears the star and stripes alongside the cross of St. Andrew, Scotland's national flag.
Campers are introduced to different cultures, languages, sports, and music simply by walking to breakfast each morning. For the campers who come from abroad, camp is the perfect opportunity to improve their English skills through immersion.
The English counselors always take some ribbing during the 4th of July festivities.
Each year during the Woodcup, the team names are selected based on which countries are represented in camp. Last year's tournament featured Slovakia, England, The Netherlands, Spain, France, the Czech Republic, South Africa, and Portugal.

The Netherlands captured the 2012 Woodcup with two enthusiastic Dutch coaches at the helm.
There is no official count of every country ever represented at Woodcraft, but the best guess by John and Dave puts the number around 40 since their involvement in camp. If you take the United Nations figure of 193 recognized countries, that means citizens of 21% of all nations have been to Woodcraft in the last few decades.

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