Funside Balaton international camp 2020
Funside Balaton turns 10 years old in 2020, and to celebrate, we are bringing you all sorts of new stuff this summer: we have 3 brand new classes and one of our previous favorites is returning. This brings our total to 24 different subjects for you to choose from (you may select two for each week), which is still the widest selection in the region! Many of our beloved afternoon and evening activities will be updated for our anniversary year, and we are also bringing you as many as 12 brand new activities to try this summer, as well as new weekly themes and our very first Campers' Choice Week. Our overnight summer camp is for kids and teens of ages 8 to 17, welcoming local children, as well as campers from close to 30 different countries. This year's sessions go from July 5 to August 8, at our usual Lake Balaton venue in Hungary.
At Funside, we are proud of having a young and well-prepared team of camp leaders, carefully chosen and trained in order for us to provide the best camp experience to our campers, also underlined by our exceptional 5 to 1 kids to adults ratio at camp. Funside Balaton is a bilingual camp, with English and Hungarian both being official languages, while all our staff, including local camp leaders, speak English as well. Our camp is open to any children meeting our age requirements and language requirements, just choose from our long selection of classes below to get started! Check out the Top 10 countries represented at the camp here. Check out our Facebook reviews from parents and campers here.
Registration is available through our online sign-up form while places last. To check which class is already full or still available, please refer to the sign-up form. (The see the list of classes on the form, you must first fill in the date of birth.)
Our camp has a minimum age limit of 8* and a maximum age limit of 17 (that is until you have turned 17). Some of our classes have stricter age limits, so please be sure to check the table below for information before signing up.
* Regarding the lower age limit: a child is eligible to attend the overnight camp if he or she is finishing the 1st grade or higher of elementary/lower school in the spring semester before the camp. The overnight camp cannot be attended in a day camp form.
Why Funside Balaton?
Funside Balaton is Hungary’s largest international summer camp with over 25 countries represented each year
24 different subjects
Funside Balaton offers the widest selection of classes in the region, available at a single location
We offer a rich selection of afternoon and evening free time activities, including new games designed by us every year
Our staff is carefully selected from a large pool of candidates to ensure the best camp experience
Over a decade of Funside
We are proud to have had close to 10 000 campers in over 150 camp sessions since 2007
Summer camps 2020
You may choose up to two different classes for each week from the ones below. Learn more...
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
IT & Tech Camps
Camp Schedule and Activities
Sessions start on Sundays and end on Saturdays. When staying for multiple weeks, your stay also includes the Saturday nights between the sessions. Learn more...
Classes are held Monday through Fridays, from 8.30 to 10.30 am and from 11 am to 1 pm. This is true for all the Funside Balaton camps. For example: if you pick the Funside Balaton English Camp, then you will have English classes for all of these hours (that is four hours a day, which is 20 classes a week in total). If you choose a camp combination, such as English and Dance, then for instance you will have English from 8.30 to 10.30 am every day (10 classes a week in total) and Dance from 11 am to 1 pm (also 10 classes a week in total). You can choose up to two new classes every week.
If your travel arrangements make it necessary, you may stay an extra night before or after your sessions. The cost of the extra night (with three meals included) is 25 Euros per person.
What are the official languages of the camp?
Our camp is fully bilingual, with English and Hungarian both being the official languages. This has two implications: first, all programs and activities are simultaneously presented in English, as well as the local language. Second, children must have at least a basic level (A2 or lower-intermediate) of spoken English (or Hungarian) to attend our camps, in order to be able to communicate with our staff.
About the classes:
During language classes, teachers speak the target language, so for instance the teachers speak only English during an English lesson and only German during a German lesson. The other classes are bilingual, so for example during a tennis lesson the same coach will give instructions to students in both English and Hungarian. There is one exception: our Media Camp, which is currently only available in Hungarian.
The afternoon and evening activities are the same for all of our campers, regardless of which classes they choose for the mornings. For example, if you are attending the combination of English and Dance Camps, and you have a friend who is attending the Music Camp, you will still see each other at the afternoon and evening programs and may even share the same room if you request it on your sign-up form and meet the criteria to share a room.
In previous years an average of 25 to 30 countries were represented at the camp.
These were the Top 10 countries by attendance in the past two years:
See the full list of countries on a map here.
Children are assigned to rooms based on gender and age: only kids of the same gender and age may share the same room, with a maximum age difference of 2 years allowed within the same room (for example, 10 to 12 year-old boys within the same room).
This means that there is a room for 8-9 year-old girls, another room for 8-9 year-old boys, another one for 10-11 year-old girls and so on, all the way up to 16-17 year-olds. If you would like to share a room with your friends or siblings who are also coming to the camp, please put in their names in the corresponding section of the sign-up form. If your request meets the above criteria, then we will do our best to assign you to the same room, as requested (we have 2 to 6 bed bedrooms).
Week 1 schedule (July 5-11 2020)
Changes in the program: some changes to this year's program were also necessary to carry out this summer season, including limiting our number of weeks to 4 for this year only, thereby starting camp a week later than originally planned. Week 1 (July 5-11) is cancelled, the theme and activities („SIMS Week”) will move to Week 3 (July 19-25). The "Olympics Week" theme will be held in 2021 instead.
Week 2 schedule (July 12-18 2020)
Week 3 schedule (July 19-25 2020)
Week 4 schedule (July 26 - August 1 2020)
Free time games and activities
Inflated obstacles and sports games on 600 square meters in one Ninja Warrior-inspired activity on the Week 1 and 3!
Water Adventure Park
A trip to an aquatic obstacle course on Lake Balaton on the Week 2 and 4!
A trip to the aqua park includes giant water slides, wave pools and a whole lot of fun on the Week 5!
Get your T-shirt colored as you cross the line at our favorite fun run on the Week 4!
Have a great time as you run, walk or even dance through our fun run filled with bubbles on the Week 5!
We’ll make sure to be in the books on our 10th year – stay tuned to find out, how!
Your group leader will be your sim for a day – turn them into heroes!
The beach is filled with music and fun during the Funside Beach Party
Be the best at the crazy games of Funside Olympics!
Harry Potter Day
Dive into a world of magic in Funside once again!
Camp’s Got Talent
The tables are turned in this activity: campers get to organize their own dream activities!
Play the magicians’ and witches’ favorite sport with us at this magical tournament!
Celebrate the 2020 Euro Cup with our own fun football games
Teams will compete for a prize through exciting challenges, representing different colors
Central Europe’s largest lake is just around the corner
Wall Street Trade-off
Play and trade with your friends on the Wall Street of Balatongyörök!
Solve camp mysteries in our newest afternoon activity!
Game of Life
In our very own Game of Life activity, teams battle their way through a life-sized board game
Funside’s own spin on this camp classic is a great way to start off the week
Activity nights just got better: draw in the air and hope that your teammates will see the same on the screen as you do in your head!
In the latest version of our Activity Night, you need your best knowledge of emojis to solve this riddle!
Battle of the Teams
In this game teams fight for points throughout the week to score the Funside Trophy
Inflatable obstacles and games on 600 square meters. Are you ready?
Camp Opening Ceremony
Our traditional camp opening kicks off every session
Our open-air teen disco is a camp classic
And many more…
There are different weekly themes and activities in each session!
Every weekly session features different free time activities: see the tables above for the detailed schedules. Funside reserves the rights to change any programs or schedules when necessary.
2020 is Year of Unplugged Activities at Funside Balaton
At Funside, we believe that a positive approach can go a long way, as motivation can only become internal if we recognize the reasons and aims behind it. We have never prohibited our campers from bringing mobile phones or any electronic devices to camp, and this year is no different. Technology has became essential to our lives, and the same can be said for Funside, as we know just how important it is for campers and parents to keep in touch during the weeks of the camp, as technology is now an integral part of the communication. We also rely on educational technology, bringing innovation to our classes at our camps, workshops and after school courses as well.
However, camp is enjoyed best when we are bale to get lost in experiencing the world around us, getting immersed in the activities without constraints and distractions. Because what will we remember years later from these weeks spent together? The jokes we laughed about with our roommates, the inspiring words of our group leaders, the excitement of the games we played: put simply, everything, when we were there in the moment. To fully experience all this, we must be fully present and realize when something is holding us back from doing just that.
Thus, following our Year of the Environment in 2019, Funside Balaton goes Unplugged in 2020: we are encouraging our campers, whenever possible, to try and leave your phones behind for the afternoon and evening activities, and make 100% of every moment you spend with us! #unpluggedtogether #socialmission
The environmentally conscious camp program
2019 was Year of the Environment at Funside Balaton, and in 2020, we are picking up where we left off!
Being environmentally friendly remains a priority at camp, as we must try and preserve the world our campers live in. In 2019 we stopped using balloons, disposable plastic cups and straws, and we introduced recycling and began using renewable energy thanks to the solar panels installed at the camp venue. We digitized our placements tests to save hundreds of pages of printing, and in 2020 we pledge to digitize some of the camp administration to save even more.
You can get involved too!
We would love to hear your ideas on how to make the camp greener: share them with us via Messenger or Instagram, or in person at the camp. We will collect all ideas that are feasible to be implemented and make a considerable difference in our environmental impact, and will also pick a winner with the most outstanding idea, who will get to pick a prize of their liking from the 2020 Funside Shop!
What our campers and their parents say
The best camp ever! Nice people (Antal is the best) and cool activities!
It was the best camp with the best person. Beautiful memories. Next year again
Five years of the best summer memories
The Best camp ever!!!, was very nice, had a nice leader, all teachers were the best.I found many nice new friends and nice activities! I happy to be there any time!!
super! super! super!
My daughter was first time at the camp being 8 years old, she enjoyed it so much that each time we called her, she was super happy and always in a hurry to return to her little friends :-)
Watch our videos from previous years
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