New annual Leader in Training (LIT) program vol.1
Under the concept of “Building confidence as an active member of society through outdoor activities and international interactions,” we have selected six high school students to participate in this overnight program as LITs for the next one year.
The first weekend session was held right after one of our Back to Nature programs.
First, the LITs practiced English listening while enjoying a relaxing dinner. This was followed by a round of English games, where they quickly livened up and learned how to respond in English, make eye contact and do a proper handshake.
Afterwards, the LITs discussed various topics as orientation for the program. We also announced the goal for this one-year program, which is for the six teenagers to plan and go on a two-day one-night trip by themselves.
The following day, the LITs practiced how to build a fire using wood and charcoal, as well as roast marshmallows so that they will be able to help the campers for Mirai no Mori’s upcoming summer camp.
They were very pleased as they successfully built the fire themselves and enjoyed some delicious roasted marshmallows!
After that, they set their annual goals and planned the overnight trip, with each student presenting their own ideas.
Through this year-long program, Mirai no Mori will work with the LITs to achieve greater growth together. Thank you for your continued support.
Back to Nature: Nature Magic & Boxing on April 15th
Our Back to Nature: Boxing event was a great success with both campers and volunteers alike. We started out the day with a variety of English games to break the ice and get everyone into a fun-having spirit! Afterwards, we were dazzled by quite the show of Nature Magic! Time and time again we were amazed by the magician’s ability to craft tricks and illusions using even the smallest bits of the nature around us. Later we were able to learn some boxing basics with Ambassador Sakamoto-san! It was a great opportunity for the campers to try their hands at something new, and broaden their world perspectives by incorporating a new experience into their lives. The whole day was filled with many firsts and surprises, and everyone was able to enjoy themselves while learning! We would like to thank our sponsors for enabling us to have this day full of fun and Ambassador Sakamoto-san for the wonderful lesson!
Back to Nature: Snow Adventure on March 4-5
We had an amazing time together in Nagano! It was so wonderful to see the campers gathering the strength to try out something so far from their comfort zones. Even if it was just a tiny bit, everyone grew more courageous while out in the crisp, snowy landscapes on the mountain. We hope to be able to further this growth with more activities in future programs! Thank you once again to our sponsors who helped make this experience happen, KEEN and OMM!
“Until now I had though snowy mountains were scary but after experiencing the Night Hike, I learned that as long as you prepare carefully, you can see a new world.”
Care Worker Voices:
“Because each camper had their own opinions, traits, and ways of thinking validated and empowered by everyone at Mirai no Mori, I could see a positive side to them that I normally can’t in daily lives.”
“I believe that hearing the Snow Surfing instructor tell them ‘Following your passion wholeheartedly can lead to it becoming a profession’ really resonated within the campers’ hearts.”
Back to Nature: Art Workshop on February 18th
Our Back to Nature Art program was a lovely experience where volunteers and campers together were able to express themselves through handicrafts! The youth and the volunteers enjoyed creating snowy landscapes together with twigs and stones they found while out enjoying the scenery of the Tama River. We even created a colorful new flag for Mirai no Mori using the creative artwork of each of the participants.
We also played many fun games, learning English while we enjoyed our time together! The youth’s smiling faces brought immense satisfaction to our volunteers, and we’re all excited to do this again!
Thank you very much to everyone involved.
“I was nervous at first, but I had a great fun talking to lots of people!”
Care worker voices:
“This time was only the second time we participated, but the children were really glad to have been remembered from the last time. Normally, they have to live restricted by rules in some way or another, but having this opportunity to have their own desires honored so openly was a great benefit for the children’s growth.”
“Throughout the program, I heard a lot of choruses of “This is fun!” Because they were able to show their individuality here and there while being active and communicating with each other, I feel that they were able to gain a real sense of accomplishment in each activity”.
Volunteer Information Session
We need your support! Join our team and help us reach out to as many youths as possible. Interested, but don’t know where to start? Please join our info session to find out more!
Date: Tuesday, March 28th
Venue: Takanawa City Center in Shirokane Takanawa
Access Information: Right outside of Shirokane-Takanawa Station Exit #1 on the Nanboku and Mita lines
Cost:：Free of Charge!