World Waldorf Camps are designed to be able to make different experiences and learn different skills, which enables the child to develop age-appropriate life- and leadership skills. We recommend the following levels, based on the intensity of Waldorf-orientation and learnings on specific challenges, to participate step by step in our camps to build up individual leadership competencies. These are recommendations, only. Our certificate is given according to these levels. A special certificate of completion of all 4 levels is granted at our annual graduation ceremony.

Children Levels

Waldorf and Challenge Beginners

Increasing Intensity of Waldorf-orientation and challenges (in some fields)

Experienced participants in Waldorf and open to embrace challenges

Higher Intensity on both Waldorf implementation and challenging learnings

Adult Levels

First Experience on WWC parenting skills (Family Camps / Parenting Workshops)

Trainings to be a professional in leading Waldorf based skills to children

Internship / practice in a Waldorf-oriented institution in China

Work / practice abroad in an established Waldorf institute (Germany, US, NZ, …)

As we foster children through our Waldorf educational approach to develop holistically, we’d like to give you the following guidance for further observing your child, nurture it with the competencies and skills so that it can grow and develop. We developed the guide with five dimensions, which each forms a bundle of skills, as follows:

Learning Skills

Capability & Self-Control

Through a wide range of offers in hand-crafts, arts and music, both, fine motor competencies, and various ways of expressing ones own personality (among others) are developed. The love for learning of (yet unknown) new subjects is taught that intrinsic motivated learning becomes a solid pattern. Focus lies on the competencies of patience, concentration (micro-endurance), precision, diligence, accuracy, and prestidigitation, which are essential for all fine motor developing activities, e.g. handcrafts, archery, ball games, and land-art.

Physical Skills

Physical Excellence & Stamina & Self-Capacity

The focus lies on building competencies, which are gained through outdoor, sport and team activities. Gross motor skills (macro-endurance) and self-capacity is build (physical and psychological) and fostered. Experiencing «Yes, I can!» for further motivation is created. Through self-observation and awakened self-assessment, the basis for persistence and performance readiness are build. These competencies gradually develop through rallies, hiking, and group games all the way to expeditions and journey, where Mother Nature and Father Weather challenges us.

Creative Skills

Imaginative Skills

Through a particularly emphasis in Waldorf education with us, the arts and music are an essential part of our learning journey. We create space and capacity for building creativity by daily structures, which are formed by routines, rituals, and rhythms. From input, our offer such as story telling, singing, and theatre play, we enrich the imagination and open up the vast sea of ideas, thoughts and theories. Learning then takes place through ones own output, expressing oneself through (free) play, singing, composing, writing, drawing and painting (among others). Im-print/Impression and Out-print/ Expression are balanced. Presenting ourselves to others becomes natural and convincing. Creative competencies are the manifold (innovative, resourceful, artistic, inspiring, original, visionary, inventive, entrepreneurial, enterprise) languages, we learn, and which lay the foundation for a strong imagination, creative thinking, socialization competence, and creative problem-solving in later life.

Communication Skills

Social- & Leadership- & Cross-cultural Communication Skills

This is about competencies in human communication & social interaction, be it (active) listening, empathy, interpersonal, observation, cultural and intercultural communications. Understanding the other is gained, comprehension of the world are triggered. From team-dynamical awareness, team building experience, collaboration with others all the way to social-dynamic literacy are part of our curricular. When we encounter groups of different sizes (small group vs. whole camp) we learn cooperation, we witness and participate in the experience of «We can master together»; immersion into other cultures provides awareness, kindles interest and we practice the way towards intercultural communication competencies, including learning foreign languages. We present ourselves with our needs and wants and comprehend the needs and wants of the others naturally. The responsibility, which comes along with these learnings, are experienced and practiced. Building friendships is an essential experience. During one-week one will enjoy the beauty of sharing and accomplishing beautiful activities together. During a two-week experience, the up and downs (and again up’s) of social dynamics / the process of building friendship and curiosity of the other fellow camper can be experienced, which will even deepen the respect for companionship. A three-week experience includes challenges, trial and learning, building empathy competencies, and finally bears enjoyment of sympathy and appreciation.

Self Skills

Thinking & Problem-Solving & Self-Recognition & Self-Confidence, Life Skills

Being self-confident can be build up in everyone. One gains safety through developing riskmanagement competence. Knowing one’s abilities and one’s borders make you stay safe and selfconfident. Though, one has to challenge the individual border safely step-by-step in order to grow. On the one hand, when curiosity has been lit and fostered, one is motivated to go where you have not yet been, self-assured and self-aware. On the other hand, experiencing the «I can really do» enables you to achieve what is in your realm, and beyond. Through project-based-learning, virtues like initiative, independence, team-work, the process of choosing, planing, preparing, executing, finishing and delivering beautiful self-made-results are going to be gone through. When one wants something, can you do it independently and in collaboration with others, self-made and finished within given timeframe and accomplish it? This process of gaining a strong self-confidence, and strong capacity is accompanied by awareness and reflection, an important step not only for academical excellence. One is ready, one is free in life to get where one wants to be.

Here, when we talk about skill, we describe a field of interwoven measures and learning dimensions, which interconnect in education and help a child to develop its self-confidence, its interest for the world, gain step-by-step stronger capacity, its social capability, and its intrinsically motivated love for learning. Other will observe, recognize these skills as competencies, that’s why we could also call them competencies.

We foster these development of these skills through excellent role-models, for each camp we gather a diverse, highly enthusiastic and motivated, and energetic educators’ team, from principal to teaching assistant. The environment to utmost succeed in our work, we choose to create a rich world, of beauty (nature and culture), healthy life-style (rhythm and nutrition), warmth (trust) and love as a solid fundament.

In order to achieve our World Waldorf Camp (WWC) certificates, our camps are designed to be able to make different experiences and learn different skills, which enables the child to develop ageappropriate life- and leadership skills. We recommend with the following guide to participate step by step in our camps to build up individual competencies and better choose what you think is most suitable and appropriate for your child. These are recommendations, only.