By Bunmi Adigun @Bunmi_Adigun
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A far cry from the usual scary story by the fire and burnt marshmallows; the Vizsolyi Vitézlő Oskola or Vizsoly Gallant School was set up in the village of Vizsoly with the sole purpose of toughening up children.
As well as an array of unique, and quite frankly dangerous, activities the camp also has a strict no technology policy ensuring the kids get the best out of the week long experience.
Photographer Robert Nemeti documented the kids’ experience during a July 2017 visit to the village, which is also famous for having the country’s first ever Hungarian translated bible.
He said: “The parents send their children to these camps so that they can 'have a feel and taste' of the real soldier life.
"Do not misunderstand this, the children come here on their own, they are not forced to take part in this camp, but of course they have to be encouraged by their parents. Of course, if someone does not like it, they are free to leave.”
Daily activities, which include horse riding, hand-to-hand combat and spear throwing, are overseen by professionals ensuring the highest level of safety.
The parents are required to sign a waiver as there are real risks of their children getting injured.
Despite the risks involved, parents are keen to send their kids to the camp which has seen no injuries happen to the children in all the eight years it has been open.
Set up by Hungarian native, Daruka Mihàly, the camp is open to kids of all ages training side by side learning new skills.
By the end of the week the children get the chance to show off their new skills to their parents in a fun-filled leaving ceremony.
Robert said: “Everyone receives the same training, gets to do the same tasks and has to deliver equally.
"The activities are different each day. Sometimes they go for a 10-15 mile hike into the woods, train in various fighting techniques, ride the horses, build and repair their own fortress, then cook their own meal and clean up.
"This is all done for their good, so when they leave the camp, they are more respectful and have better discipline.”
As well as teaching children discipline and accountability the camp also teaches equality as it’s not just open to boys.
Robert said: “The camp is open to boys and girls. And the girls will do the same as the boys. There are no exceptions, if they are willing to take part, they have to accept the given tasks.”
With the British summer holidays fast approaching the organisers at the camp are eager for kids from all parts of the world to get a unique camp experience.
Robert said: “In the previous years they only had kids from Hungary and the nearby countries, but in the following years they would love to invite kids from all around the world, should they want to participate.”