It was a big day at Skogfjorden, where we celebrated our villagers and our summer in style with a bankett!
Tonight’s kveldsprogram was about a popular children’s cartoon/theme park in Norway, Kaptein Sabletann, a fierce pirate captain who roams the open sea in search of hidden treasure. In our program last night, one of the Kaptein’s crew members, Pinky, lost the ship’s treasure map and he feared a possible punishment for losing it. Pinky recruited the entire village in helping him recover pieces of the treasure map so he won’t get in trouble with the fearsome captain, who was trying to track him down. The deltakere traveled around the village in cabin groups completing tasks and challenges put on by other members of the captains crew. Through completing these tasks and challenges, the villagers pieced together the complete map that led to the hidden treasure chest. Villagers were rewarded with some of the treasure (gummy bears!) and Pinky walked the plank for losing the map! All the while, villagers were singing Kaptein Sabeltann’s song: “Hiv og hoi snart er skatten vår, Så kan vi ta det rolig de neste hundre år, Så kan vi ta det rolig de neste hundre år.” (Note: Your villagers can sing this song now!)
Last night, we visited our Swedish neighbors at Sjölunden (Concordia’s Swedish Language Village). We learned about the ancient history of the countries, the Kalmar Union, Norwegian independence, and the two countries’ relationship today. We ended the evening program with a song exchange, singing songs that both villages know to further emphasize the point that the two countries are similar but have a few differences.
Every day, villager participate in kosetime (choice interest groups), where they can do activities like fotball, dans, kaffeprat (coffee chat), or swimming at the badestranda.
Last night, we put the fredskunnskapene (peace skills) that we’ve been working on all summer to the test with an evening program about oil drilling. Different groups of villagers represented different groups involved in the energy industry (oil companies, the government, environmentalist groups, landowners, etc.) with different interests and goals. In the end, villagers realized that the more they worked together and cooperated with other groups, the more they were able to accomplish!