As you very well may know, we just put the finishing touches on our courageous summer! We concluded a fantastic session with an utendørsbankett (outdoor banquet), followed by diplomutlevering (awarding of diplomas) for all of our strenggrupper (language groups), folkehøgskole (4-week non-credit villagers), videregående (4-week credit villagers), and a special diploma and a few kind (and very true) words about Olava, a 10-year villager this summer! We also enjoyed some cake, watched folkehøgskole’s film project, sang a new verse (written by a villager) to our old song, Å så heldig jeg er, and danced Månemannen one more time. Takk for en utrolig fin sommer! (Click the link for more pictures!)
Today, we had a talent show, and the villagers showed us that Skogfjorden does indeed have talent! Some acts included singing, rapping, dancing, unicycling, juggling the diablo, magic, and… rolling toilet paper? (Click the link for more photos!)
Save the Children or Redd Barna has the goal of assuring that every child survives, thrives and learns. To do that, all the rest of us have to do our part to help children, especially in the first five years, have access to good health, education and protection. At Skogfjorden, we provide good health care, a strong educational program and a safe place for every one of our villagers every day. It is our goal to prepare them to provide the same for others, in their own ways, long after they leave Skogfjorden, too. Though we are not Redd Barna, we share some basic beliefs about how the world should be—for children in particular. Thanks for sending your kids who get this. Who so get this.
Gullfisken is an annual award for commercials in Norway. Our language groups have used the last two evenings to plan, direct, and record their own commercials for different parts of Skogfjorden and Norwegian culture. (Click the link to see the videos!)
Today, we had a visit from our Nordic neighbors at Sjölunden (our Swedish village) and the Nordic Family Week (a program for families, where Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Finnish are taught!). We quickly discovered that while we are alike in some respects, we are different in others! In order to explore this, we played “Nordic Emoji Bingo.” We discussed with the credit villagers from Sjölunden and the families at the family week if the Emojis in each square were related to Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or Finnish culture… or some mix of all four. We then sang a song with verses in all four languages! (Click the link for more information!)