Camp Saulaine follows a similar structure everyday. Kids will wake up with a bit of music and camp announcements and begin their day. After getting themselves ready for the day they either begin morning exercises or join the Putnu Sala for flag-raising and morning announcements. Here they will find out what the program is for the day. After flag-raising the kids join together for breakfast at the Main House. Kids are expected to select their own food, and take care of cleaning up after themselves and the Vaditajs are responsible for monitoring this. Following breakfast (brokastis) the Putnu Sala begins their program for the rest of the day while the rest of camp divides into two groups. These two groups take turns with activities for the remainder of the day i.e.: group one might have ceramics in the morning while group two might do tie-dying. After these activities, the groups would switch after lunch so that all campers get a chance to do everything.
In the afternoons after lunch (pusdienas) we have a short rest time where the kids can read, write or do a quiet activity in their rooms. If weather is good they generally go to the river in the afternoon. Swimming is always supervised by the Vaditaj (counsellors) and CIT's as well as a trained lifeguard. Some older kids might go tubing while supervised in smaller groups. Campers love going to visit the 'Saulaine beach'. It's a great place to cool off on a hot summers day and it gives them a chance to connect with other campers that are not in their dorm room. After walking back from the river they quickly shower to get ready for one more short activity before dinner. This could be singing or preparing a skit for an after dinner Ukunskurs (campfire). Dinner (vakariņas) is like our other meals, well-balanced with lots of healthy choices for campers. After dinner the camp lowers the flag (karogs) and they announce the evening program. This could be anything from yoga, an early evening run or one of our more special nights like sauna night, movie night or dance party night.
Bedtimes are easy and comfortable with the Vaditaj's helping the younger kids settle into their bunks after they get themselves ready for bed. The CIT's and Vaditaj's are very hands-on, often reading to kids and singing Latvian lullabies until they fall asleep. Our camp staff treat every camper at Saulaine as a member of their own family. Labernachte (good night).