Our organization has is based on the borderline between central and south Bohemia. On national level, we organize a summer camp for children every year at our beautiful campsite by the river Lužnice and also a number of weekend activities and trips for our members. Besides that we also organize cca 3 international projects under Erasmus+ per year - youth exchanges and training courses for youth workers. We have already organized around 15 Erasmus+ projects for youth and youth workers and we have many more planned.
TOM Dumánci has a short, but quite a rich history. Unofficially it was established in 2008 in order to create a group that would gather teenage people from different summer camps in the area. Over the first years of its existence the group organized (and we still do) various weekend events for older children full of games. At the beginning of 2010, Dumánci started their official activity. The name of the group was determined spontaneously based on the name of our favourite game. We became a part of an association of tourist groups and made use of the opportunity to take over a session by the Trkov pound. This traditional campsite has been hosting summer camps for almost 20 years and most of our leaders used to go there when they were little.
Our first summer camps there were even more successful than we expected and gave us a strong motivation to keep organizing them. As our group grew bigger, the Trkov campsite started to be too little for us. We were looking for a new place, where we could keep our material and also a campsite, where we could hold more than one session a year. We found such place in 2012 on the bank of the river Lužnice near the village Slavňovice. This place used to be a popular campsite owned by the University of Economy. But they started to lose interest in the place and so a great opportunity for us to buy it came up. Despite of the flood, in 2013 we managed to hold two camp sessions there, which both lasted three weeks.
Another big step for our organization was in 2015. Besides the fact that we managed to hold our first international summer camp session hosting children from Spain and one leader from Slovakia, our group participated in an international training course in Estonia and also held one training course for youth workers in the Czech Republic. It was prepared by experienced trainers from Latvia and Romania and 26 youth workers from 10 European countries took part in it.
In 2017, we hosted our so far biggest event - a 14 days long youth exchange for people interested in filmmaking. 50 participants from 7 european countries and Turkey created together 6 short movies, which were shown at FAMU in Prague and a festival of short films in Detmold.
This project was a big motivation for us to continue organizing this kind of activities - we experienced how demanding, but also how rewarding job it is. Since then, we have organized around 13 projects, many of them at our beautiful campsite on the bank of the river. We are proud of managing to carry out two training courses in Turkey, during which the participants were shooting their own short movies and learning about intercultural diversity. Our biggest success so far was definitely a training course in Lebanon, which we organized in cooperation with Amel Association, which made it possible for us to visit a refugee camp, educational centre for refugees, the ruins of Al Khiam prison and other interesting places.
We already have a lot of plans for the following years and we are looking forward to new projects and more activities with children and young people.