Questions and answers
1. Who leads the camps?
Prometheus Camps are facilitated by a team consisting of seven camp counselors. A general team consists of two senior counselors (at least 20 years old) and five junior counselors (15 to 19 years old) who are campers from previous years. All of the team members are in this position as volunteer workers. Prometheus Camp Association has provided written material and trainings for the counselors.
All the senior counselors and junior counselors have participated in at least two weekend-long trainings during the spring before the camp. The contents of the trainings are updated every year and also the trainers have been trained for their task. Usually at least one of the senior counselors and two of the junior counselors have previous experience of carrying out a Prometheus Camp.
Senior and junior counselors are equal members of the team and paticipate in the preparation, planning, and implementation of the camp. In addition the senior counselors carry more of the legal responsibilities of the camp.
2. Do I dare come to a Prometheus Camp if I don't know anybody there?
Yes. The camp group is tight and comes together fast. Most of the campers don't know any of the other campers in advance. Usually the campers come from all around Finland. At international camps, about half of the participants are originally from outside of Finland. Past experiences have shown that coming together with a group of strangers usually makes the camp experience better. Because of this we recommend friends to sign up on different camps. However, it is not forbidden to join with a friend.
3. Are campers allowed to smoke on the camp?
According to Finnish law, smoking is forbidden for underaged campers.
4. Is it allowed to bring alcohol to the camp?
The camps are completely non-alcoholic. There is no alcohol allowed at the camp and it includes everybody: campers, counselors, and the cooks.
5. What is sold in the camp kiosk? Where does the money go?
Selection of the kiosk is different on every camp. Usually the kiosk sells snacks, candy, and soda. The money goes to supporting the camp activities of Prometheus Camp Association.
6. Why does the Prometheus Camp cost more that a confirmation camp?
The Evangelical-Lutheran church has a stronger financial base than Prometheus Camp Association which is as an independent, non-profit, and non-governmental youth organization. This is why confirmation camps can be offered at a lower price than Prometheus Camps. Nevertheless, our camp fees are used only to cover our expenses, and our activities do not generate economic profit.
7. What is a Prometheus Celebration? What happens at the celebration?
The Prometheus Celebration is a casual coming-of-age ceremony on the last day of the camp where the campers' parents and friends are welcome. The program of the celebration is planned by the campers and the camp team, and includes a presentation of the past events of the camp week. Every celebration is unique, because every camp is unique.
At the end of the celebration the guests are offered a lunch which consists of a warm meal and a dessert. For the guests the lunch costs 12€ for adults and 6€ for those younger than our camp participants; for the campers it is included in the camp price. The celebration lunch will be tasty, but it will also made according to the conditions of the camp site. It is not a restaurant meal.
The Prometheus Celebration lasts about two hours including the meal.
8. How many guests can come to the Prometheus Celebration? Can I invite friends or only relatives?
There is no overcompassing limit to how many guests you can invite to the celebration unless it is mentioned in the camp invitation letter. However, you should use your own judgment as to how many people you invite to celebrate, as the camp site and the cook have limited resources. If you are unsure, you can ask the camp team how many guests the camp site can accommodate.
9. Can I have a coming-of-age celebration at home?
Of course. Many families arrange their own Prometheus Celebration at home after the camp. To your own Prometheus Celebration you can invite the relatives and friends that couldn't come to the celebration at the camp. However it is a good idea to consider arranging the celebration a while after the camp like confirmation celebrations are held. The camp is an intensive experience and oftentimes the campers are tired when they come home from the camp.
10. What are the values of Prometheus Camps?
Prometheus Camp Association (Protu) is an politically and religiously unaffiliated organization. Protu's working methods are based on the humanistic world view. Protu is sometimes mistaken for youth activity of the Freethinkers Union or an atheistic organization, but these are not true. Our camps are open to everybody. We aim to ensure that both Christians and atheists, as well as anyone else, can enjoy the camp together. Protu's activity is guided by the Principles of Prometheus Camps.
11. What kind of food do we have at the camp? What if I don't like fish/onion/cabbage?
The menu of the camp depends on the kitchen of the campsite and the cook. The resposibility of the cook is to prepare food that suits everybody, so that also allergic persons and, for example, vegans will have suitable food. Allergies and special diets should be mentioned in the registration form. If something is forgotten, changes can be informed to the office. Wishes concerning the food can be made to the cook and they will take them into consideration according to possibilities. We don't mean to impose a foreign diet to anybody.
12. How can campers keep in touch with the outside world during the camp? Can there be guests on the camp, for example parents or friends?
Our camps don't have a visiting day like confirmation camps do. Because of the intense program on the camp there is no time for visitors, and it might disturb the mood of the camp. The campers can use their mobile phones normally during breaks. During the program it's not allowed. The campsites don't have Internet acces.
13. What kind of accomodation is there at the camp? Does everybody sleep in the same space?
Accomodation varies between campsites. In some of the campsites campers have small rooms, and in others everybody sleeps in the same space. You can get more information about the accommodation of the campsites from the camp list or the office of Protu.
14. Are there only outside toilets on the camp? And are there showers?
This also depends on the campsite. If there is no answer in the campsite description you can ask for more details about the campsite from Protu's office.
15. What does common sauna mean?
At Prometheus Camps, it's traditional to have a common sauna in addition to the separate boys' and girls' sauna. Participants can wear a swimming suit in the sauna if they feel more comfortable that way. Every camper can choose freely if they want to participate in the common sauna, and the opportunity to go to the sauna with people of your own gender should always be offered. Nobody has to justify their choice and there will be no big fuss about who goes to which sauna. The leaders will also take care that no one has to go to the sauna alone if they don't especially ask for it. If necessary, you can ask your camp team about possibilities to shower alone. Not all campsites have showers, and due to safety issues there needs to be a team member nearby when people are in the sauna.
16. If something gets broken, will the insurance cover it?
Campers and counselors are insured for accidents. This means that in case of an accident the insurance covers the medical costs and the broken property. Belongings broken in other incidents is on the responsibility of the owner and the compensation depends on the home and travel insurance of the owner. The owner will take care of applying for compensation for damaged items.
17. What are special camps, senior camps, and adult camps?
Special camps are Prometheus camps with a specific emphasis. For example in 2013 we had three art camps, two theater camps, a music camp, a sports camp, and a hiking camp. The variety of camps changes every year. We have also had camping camps, eko-camps, sailing camps, and bicycling camps.
Senior camps are Prometheus camps that are aimed for young people past the normal camp age, from 16 to 20 years old. The age of the campers is taken into consideration in the planning of the program.
Adult camps are for people over 20 years old. On these camps campers ponder their world views, thinking methods, and values. Adult camps are a bit shorter than youth camps and they have different themes.
18. Do the campers meet after the camp?
It is customary to have one or more camp reunions after the camp. These reunions can be organized by the campers and/or the team. Some camp groups meet each other years after the camp. However camp reunions are not official Protu activities, and thus the participants organize them on their, taking responsibility of the meetings themselves.
19. Is the camp program the same on every Prometheus Camp?
Every Prometheus Camp has the same goals and themes. However the camp teams are free to reflect on which questions to raise from each theme and what kind of methods to use. Thus every camp has a unique program including pieces of old programs that have been tested to work and new ones developed especially for the camp in question.
20. Who are the Prometheus Camps for?
Prometheus Camps are aimed at anyone who is interested in the themes that we discuss on the camps. The camps don't have a religious alignment and the majority of the campers don't belong to any denomination. Each camper will examine their own world view and opinions on their own terms. It is also eye-opening to hear from other people about different views and their reasonings. Therefore also young people belonging to any denomination are equally welcome. According to a survey made in 2009, 30% of young people that go to Prometheus Camps belong to a church and/or have also attended a confirmation camp. On Prometheus Camps young people are encouraged to think independently. We hope that the decision to go to the camp will be made by the young person themselves.
21. Are Prometheus Camps arranged anywhere else than in Finland?
Protu doesn't arrange camps outside of Finland at the moment. Protu has a sister organisation, Protus Sverige, in Sweden that arranges similar camps for Swedish youth. Protus was founded in 2008. Protus camps are held in the archipelago of Stockholm, as well as near Gothenburg and Malmö. Protu is currently discussing possible new cooperation plans.
22. How many camper have been to a Prometheus Camp?
Nowadays Prometheus Camps have from 800 to 900 participants every year. All in all, in the years 1989–2014 Prometheus Camps have had over 15,000 participants.