JUL 3, 2013 Japan Times

In order to help children’s recovery from the traumatic events of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRC) continues to focus on their needs with projects to take children from the three worst-affected prefectures to the relaxing surroundings of Hokkaido.

This summer camp is a part of the JRC reconstruction and recovery program. A four-day event conducted in a series of sessions from July 22 to Aug. 18 (nine sessions in total) in Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido, the camp gives children the chance to play outside in beautiful natural surroundings and learn skills such as first aid, team building and leadership. Throughout this summer camp, psychologists and nurses will accompany the children 24 hours a day as support staff.

Children will conduct several activities, including as a critical thinking program about helping the visually impaired and about international cultures, a wheelchair experience, rafting, mountain biking and horse riding.

This camp aims not only to ease the stress of children who are still facing a challenging living environment, but also to help them expand their viewpoints through special programs on subjects such as international cultures, environmental problems and nutrition.

For more information, visit www.jrc.or.jp .