Coordinator of the military camp Zsolt Horvath said to MTI that he had started the training camp project eight years ago with eight children attending the first session. The following year the camp attracted 14 participants and the camp's popularity has been growing ever since.
This year's summer session attracted 420 kids. Training sessions are organized at the fall, winter and spring school breaks as well.
Kids are instructed by members of the Hungarian Armed Forces.
One of the aims of the training camp is to introduce kids to the era when military service was mandatory in Hungary.
The training camp is open to kids in age group of 11-18-years. Besides practicing basic military drills children also receive information about career opportunities in the Hungarian Armed Forces. Many of the former campers are already attending military high school, and one of them joined the Hungarian armed forces said the organizer of the camp.
Training sessions are conducted by officers of the Ludovica Battalion, officers of various correctional institutions and National Tax and Customs office staff.
The day in the camp starts with two-hour formal exercise, followed by workshops conducted in the morning and afternoon hours where kids receive basic health training as well; they also learn about weapons and practice trench digging.
Children are trained how to use gas masks and how to navigate in the field. They practice shooting by using sub-machine guns and blank ammunition. At the end of training session all attendees pass an exam, which include two parts, practical drills and theoretical tests.
The children military camp is extremely popular even among children of families living abroad. Participants are coming from Germany, Ireland, and this year one kid has come from Dubai.
MTI - alfahir.hu - Photo: militarytabor.hu - hungarianambiance.com)