Kid’s Camps

As the oldest Sports Institute in Finland, Varala offers camp services with over 110 years of experience (founded in 1909). Our camps are a perfect combination of physical activity, mental & social development and unique experiences within nature and culture. Together with our vast network of companies, schools and universities we also combine educational lessons and visits to our weekly programs..

We welcome groups to attend 1-day visits and longer camp packages (2-21 days). Camps can be all inclusive and are very easy to order. You can also give us your thoughts and we can provide custom plans according to your needs.

•Idyllic Location: Nestled by a lake amidst trees, just minutes from Tampere’s vibrant city center.

•Immersive Learning: Experience the Finnish school system and attend classes alongside local students.

•Diverse Workshops: Engage in lessons covering sports, science, technology, and performance skills.

•Unique Sports: Discover activities like Floorball, Parkour, and Gymnastics.

•Nature Exploration: Delight in the outdoors while learning about local flora and fauna on hikes and field trips.

Contact us to discover how our group sports camps can enrich learning, while fostering Finnish cultural appreciation and active living!

Educational Sports Camp

Varala offers unique educational camps for children and youth led by professionals in their field. Our camps offer a memorable experience any time of the year.

The participants will experience:

  • Finnish nature and learn about the arctic plants and animals by functional methods
  • Practical training in sports and physical training
  • Finnish learning methods in science and technology

The camp curriculum consists of physical training, cultural knowledge, natural science, science, and technology. The curriculum is planned to develop participants cognitive skills, emotional skills, physical skills, and social skills through the following aims:

  • Encouraging positive attitudes towards sports and physical tasks
  • Learning new physical skills
  • Finding enjoyment in physical activities that encourages to implement learned skills in the futurere
  • Acknowledging the importance of good physical health as a basis of wellbeing
  • Learning about Finland and Finnish culture
  • Learning about flora and fauna in Finland
  • Acknowledging individual skill to strengthen positive self confidence
  • Learning to process feelings in different situations
  • Developing communication skills


Camps are priced per person and price is depending on what activities you choose. A typical price range for a 3-5 day camp is 120-150€/person/day. The example price includes the following services:

  • Accommodation in 2-3 person rooms (shower, TV and bed linen in every room)
  • 4 meals per day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening snack
  • 5 lessons (45minutes/lesson) per day between 9 AM – 17 PM.


Varala offers over 50 different lessons in Sports, Adventures, and Personal development. Also Science lessons and Computer Coding lesson are available. In winter time we offer traditional Finnish sports as downhill skiing lessons, ice skating, snow shoe walking, cross country skiing and curling.

Example program for a 5 day Summer camp: Price 140€/person/day (minimum 12 participants).

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
Welcome to Varala: Start your experience with warm greetingsEmbark on a hike and discover the wonders of Finnish nature and captivating world of Arctic animals.Science Workshop: Hands-On experiments and observations at the Tiedeka Science CenterDiscover the Finnish Forest: Learn to navigate with gudiance from a professional instructor.Technology Workshop: Master the basics of computer coding in a fun, interactive setting
Team-Building Workshop: Engaging tasks and games in collaborative groups.Flowpark Climbing Park: Experience excitement at our eco-friendly adventure parkFlowpark Climbing Park: Experience excitement at our eco-friendly adventure park Tampere City Exploration: Enjoy a guided tour and/or visit a local Finnish schoolFishing and Wild Food: Catch your own meal and prepare a delicious campfire dessert.
Evening Snack: Gather around the campfire for a cozy treat.Outdoor Games: Enjoy traditional Finnish games.Lakeside Water Activites: Delight in refreshing aquatic activities and lakeside entertainment. Traditonal Finnish Evening: Savor a sauna experience and swim in the beautiful Lake PyhäjärviFarewell Ceremony: Celebrate new friendships and memories made during the camp.


Henri Kautiala

Henri Kautiala

Professional Teacher and Camp/Seminar Coordinator