@lynne_freudigmann - there won’t be a bootcamp in May - May just gets too busy as it is with Eisteddfod yr Urdd for the kids and all the work that goes into preparations etc.
@RichardC - no you haven’t missed the boat. I’ll be keeping this thread open for a fortnight or so, and seeing if there’s enough interest to run a June bootcamp. If not I’ll cancel the pencilled in booking, and we’ll move on to anotehr date. Any opening / closing / booking etc will be on this thread, so as long as you are getting notification from the thread, and / or the weekly email, you won’t miss a thing
@aliceyaxley The whole “families on bootcamp” thing is something that we want to work out. We keep threatening a family bootcamp, and can mever quite work out the logistics.
There are two things that make the bootcamp work - the fun, fairly stress-free holiday atmosphere, and the Welsh-only rule. Having kids on the holiday can be a great boost to both - which is why ours are always there or thereabouts.
The problem comes when you look at the detail. For instance, are you certain that your kids will keep to the Welsh only rule? It’s difficult for adults to do (and some adults do break it from time to time, which causes all sorts of tensions and problems, and if a child refuses / gets too tired / has stuff to say that is genuinely too difficult for them to say in Welsh at the moment, then what can you do about it? Are you as a parent able to say “no, I’m not listening to you, you’re talking English”? Is it possible to keep a child speaking Welsh for a whole week if they only have a limited vocabulary? And what are the ramifications for the bootcamp if there is a break down of the Welsh-only rule from a child?
Also, the bootcamp timetable suits adults, but how would we fit the kids in? Most of our day time activities are probably interesting enough, but there are the logistics of pub visits and bed times and food times etc to work around. Our kids stay at the ganolfan with Cat, or sometimes stay at home (it’s not really worth bringing them from school to Tresaith just to have food, go to bed, and wake up early for school next morning).
This is not a “no”, this is a whiteboard “thinking aloud” as to what issues we would have to overcome. It could be that a whole family would involve mam on Bootcamp, dad on child duty one day and vice versa the next, with neither parent getting the full benefit, but the kids getting an invaluable insight into adults learning things / stuff happening in Welsh etc.
As a starter to explore possibilities - Who is “the whole family” and what ages are we talking about here?