Briefly in English

We have gathered the most important information about our organization, policies and camps in English on this page. Don´t hesitate to contact us if you cannot find the information you’re looking for. Email us to toimisto@lastenkesa.fi or call us on the phone +35850 400 1992. 
 
 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Applications for the camps are always submitted using the electronic application form from HERE. If necessary, you can request a paper form from our office.

Camps at Hauho: The Hauho Resort we own, more commonly known as “Akkis” or “Akkimaa”, is located on the shores of Lake Akkijärvi in Hauho, Hämeenlinna.
The center accommodates 80 people. Akkis has four houses for children named after colors: a blue, a red, a green and a yellow house. The houses have rooms of four and the buildings have indoor toilets, a shower and a room for games and playing.
Girls and boys are accommodated in separate rooms. A camp counsellor stays in their own room in the house with the children.

You don’t need to bring your own bedding as we have those at the camp ready for the campers. Only a towel needs to be brought from home.
If you wish your children to be accomodated with siblings or friends, please indicate your wishes when applying for the camp.

In addition to the accommodation, the resort includes an indoor sports hall “Säläri”, a multi-purpose facility “Huvari”, a cafeteria and a sauna.

Resort address:
Hauhon Lomakeskus
Akkijärventie 221
14770 Eteläinen (For a navigator Hämeenlinna)
25 km from the center of Hämeenlinna,
130 km from Helsinki

 

Day camps will be held in the Helsinki metropolitan area (locations will be announced later). Every day, the campers will explore the nature, attractions and activities of the Helsinki metropolitan area. For more information on day camps, visit this page.

The application forms for our camps will be opened no later than six weeks before the start of the camp. You may want to follow the start of the applying on this tab of our website or on our social media accounts.

For all the camps held at Hauho a bus transportation via Helsinki, Hyvinkää and Hämeenlinna is offered. In 2022, transportation from and back to Tampere is offered for camps 4 and 6.

Here are all the stops:

Helsinki – Hauho Resort – Helsinki

Helsinki, Allianssi-talo, Pasila, Asemapäällikönkatu 1 

Hyvinkää, Teboil Sveitsinhovi bus parking stop, Mäkikuumolantie 1

Hämeenlinna bus station, Wetterhoffinkatu 2

Tampere – Hauho Resort – Tampere

Tampere bus station, Hatanpään Valtatie 5-7. 

Kangasala bus station, Myllystenpohjantie 1  

Valkeakoski bus station, Apiankatu 4

Pälkäne, Harhala school, Valkeakoskentie 5

Hauho bus station, Hauhontie 13

You can also find the stops, the prices and the timetable here.

The camps start at the Hauho resort at 16:00 on the first day and end at 13:00 on the last. Those arriving on their own, can arrive between 15:30-16:00 on the first day and return home on the last day at 13:00.

 

Transportation should be booked with the camp application. If you would like to add transportation after submitting your application, please contact our office.

Trained and competent camp staff is the core of our operation. Camp counsellors and leaders are adults and employed by us.
Most of our skilled counselloes are students of education, sports or youth and social work.

In addition to the counsellors, the Hauho Resort employs a property manager, a hostess, some kitchen staff and cleaners.
Employees of the Pasila office also visit the center regularly. Contact details of our permanent staff can be found here.

When confirming your acceptance for the camp, a letter will be sent with a list of equipment you need to bring. The resort has bedding, you only need to pack your own towel. It’s a good idea to pack plenty of weather-appropriate clothing for the camp. If necessary, we wash the campers’ laundry at the resort.

Please name all the clothes and things you bring to the camp! The equipment should be packed together in one large bag.

At the camp the campers get to enjoy the fun without a cell phone! The half-hour phone-time is held daily from 16:30 to 17:30. The camp leaders’  on-call time is every day from 10 am to 11 am and from 5 pm to 6 pm. In urgent matters, our camp leaders always answer the phone.

You can also send email, regular mail or greetings to the camp via Facebook or Instagram. The contact information can be found in the camp letter.

We also update camp news to our Facebook and Instagram account, you should check it out! Pictures of the campers might be published there if the permission has been granted in the application.

You should receive a confirmation message of your application as soon as you submit it. The confirmation of acceptance to the camp starts about three weeks after the start of the application period.

The majority of confirmations are sent via email. If you have not received a camp letter or invoice, please first check the spam folder in your email. If the confirmation message is not found, please contact our office.

It takes a few business days to process paper letters and invoices.

We grant Veikkaus-tuki on social, health-related and economic grounds. You don’t have to apply for the support separately, you just need to state the net income of the family and other social, economic and health reasons supporting the granting of the support when filling the application. You can find more information about granting the support here.

For the grant, we will score each application. Without Veikkaus-tuki, the camp price is doubled. If, on the basis of the information provided in the application, the Veikkaus-support cannot be granted, we will contact you and, if necessary, ask you to provide some more information.

Please check for the updated information on discounts here.

 

You can ask for financial support for the camp fee, for example, through KELA or your municipality’s family work and child welfare departments.

Contact our office as soon as possible so we can negotiate the postponement of the due date or the installment of the invoice.

Please note that you must always contact our office to cancel your spot on the camp. An unpaid camp fee is not sufficient enough to cancel.

We will not cancel the child’s spot immediately after the due date of the unpaid invoice. Pay the camp fee as soon as possible and contact our office if necessary.

If you wish to cancel the camp spot, please contact our office.

Cancellations must always be reported to our office.

If you cancel less than 7 days before the camp, we will charge the full camp fee. In the event of cancellation due to illness or an accident, a medical certificate must be submitted to the office.

You can find the exact cancellation conditions for the camps here.

All children and young people aged 6-17 are welcome to our camp. However, our camp resort is not completely accessible, so for people with reduced mobility, it is a good idea to contact the office and discuss the child’s participation before submitting an application. If the child has their own assistant, they can come to the camp. Unfortunately, Lasten Kesä cannot offer the child their own assistant during the camp. Diagnoses, medications, or allergies do not prevent from attending the camp. We take into account the individual needs of children and, for example, the distribution of medicines is handled by trained staff. Our kitchen prepares meals for each camper according to their diet.

The application form asks for more information about factors affecting your child’s behavior, medication and allergies. All medications for the camp must be named and the package must be accompanied by instructions for dispensing the medication. See the camp letter for more information on this.

You can inquire about lost property from our office by phone or email after camp. We store the stuff for about a month. Found items can be picked up from our office in Pasila, for those living further away we will mail the items home.

We take the current COVID-19 guidelines into account very seriously when organizing the camps and the activities.

Please note that you are not allowed to come to camp if you are sick or have symptoms of the coronavirus. It is also recommened that the entire family of the camper has had at least two days without symptoms before the camp starts.

Families traveling within two weeks of the start of the camp in countries at risk listed by the authorities must follow the official quarantine recommendation, in which case none of the family members will be able to attend the camp.

During camp:

  • Good hygiene with washing hands and coughing is very important. There are reminders of this at the camp too.
  • All the houses and buildings have a place to wash hands and apply hand sanitizer.
  • The cleaning of the houses and disinfecting of eg. handles is further intensified.
  • The activities take into account the possibility of maintaining safe distances.
  • Meal times are being staggered more than before and the counsellors are mainly responsible for distributing the food. There are also some new habits that are described during the camp.
  • If someone develops symptoms or becomes ill, the camper (the whole family during family camps) has to stop the camp and go back home.
  • Ill campers who came using the bus transport must, in principle, arrange their return from the camp themselves. 
  • The camps are organized in separate small groups with a maximum total of 20 people. This group size also applies to outdoor activities and transportation. The groups interact with each other at safe distances. The division into groups takes into account the wishes expressed in the applications, and otherwise the groups are divided according to age.
  • Employees tend to work with only one group, especially indoors, although counsellors move between groups when needed.
  • It is recommended that all adults in the camp wear masks indoors, if possible. Campers are allowed to use a mask if they wish, but it is not mandatory. Disposable masks are available at the camp.
  • We avoid physical contact (handshakes, hugs) as much as possible.
 

The camp can be canceled free of charge one week before the start of the camp. If the cancellation occurs during the camp week  due to illness / suspicion of coronavirus, we can refund the camp fee against a certificate of the illness / test.

Mikäli kahden viikon aikana leirin päättymisestä jollain leirille osallistuneella todetaan koronatartunta, pyydämme olemaan yhteydessä Lasten Kesän toimistoon. Mahdollisista altistumisista tiedotamme yksityisyydensuojaa kunnioittaen.

If, within two weeks of the end of the camp, someone who has attended the camp is diagnosed with coronavirus, please contact our Lasten Kesä office. We report potential exposures with respect of your privacy.

Important policies

Our camps are supported by the Finnish nationwide gambling operator Veikkaus. and we allocate the supported camps in accordance to the camp applications. The application form needs to be filled completely or we can not grant the supported camp fee. Without the supported fee the cost of the camp is doubled. The supported camp fee can be applied for several times in a year. 

For granting the supported camp fee, we will score each application according to social, health or financial grounds provided in the application. The camper needs to have a Finnish address, we can not grant the supported fee for families living abroad. Nationality or state of citizenship does not pose an issue though. We also can not grant the supported fee to a children or youth living in a professionally run facility, the family needs to be a private household. In the case that we can not grant the supported fee due to the information provided in the camp application we will contact the family in question for additional information.

We have a dedicated applyin time frame for each camp and we will fill the places according to the scoring of the applications. In the case there are still open spots at camp once the application time frame closes (like there usually is) we will fill the remaining places in the order of when the applications are or were submitted. You can register to the camp directly without the supported camp fee but please do pay mind that the cost of the camp will be higher in that case. 

We handle all the information provided to us with care and safe GDPR policies. The camp staff working with the children are only provided with information essential for taking care of the child during camp and to assure their health and safety. Every camper is most warmly welcome and special to our camp staff. Proper information about any medications, allergies and behavious regarding the child make sure that we can take care of the child according to their needs and they concentrate on our high quality camp activities. We will for example know to invite and lure the more shy children to participate in the activities slowly over time. 

 

The due date to any camp invoice is set to three weeks before the starting day of the camp. We send the invoices well before the start of the camp with an attached camp letter. All possible transportation fees are added to the camp fee in the invoice. It is possible to move the due date of the invoice if it is essential due to the family’s financial situation. The camp fee can also be paid in installments but to do so the guardian of the camper needs to contact our office. If the camp application is submitted to Lasten Kesä less than three weeks before the start of the camp the invoice needs to be paid before the camp starts if there hasn’t been any other agreements made.
 Unpaid invoices result in two reminders to either the guardian’s email or as a postage to the address provided. After two reminders we transfer the still unpaid invoices to a third party collection agency. The child can attend next camp when last camp’s fees have been fully paid.
If the cancellation happens in less than 7 days before the camp starts we will charge the full camp fee unless the camper has a medical certificate for the illness/injury causing the cancellation. If the camp has to be discontinued and the camper sent home due to an illness we will not return the camp fee but it is possible to apply for a refund from your own insurance company.
If the camp is discontinued due to a issue with the child’s behaviour we are not obligated to return the camp fee. In these cases the guardian is responsible for transporting the camper back home. In the case that the whole camp needs to be discontinued for all participants we will refund the camp fees in full or in accordance  to the camp days and the agreed installments.  

In Helsinki August 20th 2018

Lasten Kesä ry

Addition March 23rd 2020:

If there is a need to cancel camps due to instructions from state officials, for example in a case of an epidemic, we will refund all camp fees in full. 

The Hauho Resort

The camping centre is designed for versatile activities for children and it can be used year-round. 

The centre is located in the peaceful lakeside nature of Akkijärvi. 

There is a cafeteria building and versatile spaces for both outdoor and indoor activities located in the area.

A sauna and the beach are also located on the grounds.

We accommodate 80 children in four different houses. 

There are five rooms of four and a room for the counsellor in each of the houses.

Versatile skills

The camp is a natural environment to learn and practice social skills.

All the campers are treated as equals.

We take different beliefs and special needs into account.

The campers will be encouraged to be independent and to take responsibility according to their age.

The rules made together create a sense of safety and prevent bullying.

Bullying is not acceptable and conflicts will be resolved with an adult.

Possible difficulties in school won’t prevent a successful camp experience.

The activities will be done both in age groups of 20 children and with the entire camp.

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Professional employees

Our professional and motivated counsellors guarantee quality camp activities.

The camp leaders and counsellors are adults and employed by us.

The counsellors are mostly students in education and social studies or work in the field.

The counsellors have experience of working with children.

Lasten Kesä ry briefs and trains all the employees.

A professional and experienced hostess and their team is in charge of the food and cleaning.

The same counsellors work with the children for the entirety of the camp.

All the employees are bound to secrecy.

Taking care

A regular day rhythm is the basis of the entire camp.

The campers will eat five meals a day. Special dietary requirements are taken into account appropriately.

During the activities the campers will exercise on a daily basis, each according to their abilities.

You can always get in contact with the camp.

Basic hygiene and the correct clothing / gear will be taken care of.

The campers are guaranteed to get sufficient and uninterrupted sleep.

In cases of illness, we will always contact the guardians and, if necessary, health care.

Safety

The activities are always supervised and guided.

We follow safety regulations and pre-established operating models

The campers’ medicines are taken care of appropriately.

The campers are insured in case of accidents

All the campers’ information is confidential

The camp agrees on the rules of the use of social media

Time for the child

The camp offers a refreshing change from everyday life

The camp has a daily phone time and the appliances aren´t used during other times.

The camp has a variety of both guided and independent activities indoors and outdoors.

The camp program is shaped according to wishes from the campers.

Campers can also plan activities for each other

Even the youth have the right to be a child

The camp also allows a break for the adults staying at home