All women are welcome at Femø Women’s Camp.
The International Week is held every summer before the Aftercamp week. The official language is English (the ‘official’ language for all other weeks is Danish), so for foreigners it might be interesting to join International Week and/or Aftercamp.
For more than 45 years women from all over the world have enjoyed their vacation on the lovely island of Femø. The Women’s Camp on Femø is in many ways a unique blend of tradition and renewal. It is the oldest women’s camp in the world – the Women’s Movement in Denmark started the camp in 1971 – and the International Week on Femø has been a part of it since 1973. Yet the many new women who join every year bring new ideas and initiatives to the camp.
On Femø, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the island and at the same time experience a kind of community that many women don’t have access to in their daily lives. It is a community where we have time to talk about how things could and should be done and where everyone has the opportunity of being listened to.
Life at the Camp
The women’s camp on Femø comprises of a number of tents situated along the coast. It looks like a little village: there is a big central space with tables and chairs, the “common tent” which serves as meeting place, cafe, party room, living room and dining room in case of rain, etc. Besides that, there’s the kitchen tent, the tools’ tent, the children’s tent, the wash tent and a toilet wagon. You can sleep in one of the sleeping tents, which accommodate 6 to 20 women. Or bring your own little tent.
The camp is in a meadow along the sea, there is a sandy beach and lots of shallow water. It is a protected environment with a wide variety of grasses and flowers.
Usually we spend the mornings and/or the afternoons in groups. If you are at the Femø-camp for the first time, it might be a good idea to join a group, but of course that’s your own choice. In the evenings we meet in the common tent to hear news from the other groups, practical information and perhaps have interesting discussions. And then of course sing, laugh, talk, flirt and have a good time.
At the camp, we organize everything ourselves –cooking, cleaning etc. There is a team of women who plan the week and provide a basic structure and all women help to make the camp function. Everybody contributes to the week by sharing various duties such as cooking, dishwashing and other practical stuff.
As the camp has no liability insurance, you should have your own. And make sure you have a health insurance valid in Denmark.
A maximum of 12 children is welcome for the week. Boys are allowed up to the age of 12. Every year we strive to have volunteers for children’s activities for a few hours after breakfast. It can be quite a challenge for mothers/guardians to be there for the children, do camp duties and to join in with the activities and social life at the camp. It is our aim that both women and children feel embraced and supported at the camp. It can be done if we work to help each other.
The official camp language during International week is Femø English, which means easy English with bits and pieces of other languages and lots of good will. The focus is not on speaking English perfectly but on including everyone in the conversation.
It is the responsibility of all participants to make sure that everyone gets all the important information. Having one common language during this week also makes it possible to just walk past a group of women, hear a few words that sound interesting and join in.
The camp does not usually offer sign language or other language interpretation. We try and find a way to communicate and to be inclusive creatively. If English is not an option for you, feel free to let us know (either beforehand or at the camp) so we can make sure you are not left out of conversations or the flow of information.
The food is based on Danish cuisine with a touch of internationalism: Breakfast with muesli, milk, yoghurt as well as bread with cheese, jam or chocolate slices; a light lunch of salads, cheese and bread, and a warm dinner in the evenings. There is however not much fruit: if you eat a lot of fruit, consider bringing some, or support the local shop by buying some there.
We try to buy organic and local food. International week is mainly a vegetarian week. Please be aware that the camp is unable to provide for special diets. We try to be as inclusive as possible with dietary requirements, but we are on a small island with only a little harbour shop and get pre-ordered supplies sent from Copenhagen each week.
We make all the food ourselves in relatively primitive conditions and depend on the women’s creativity to make the recipes work. The recipes are international and so simple they can be cooked by a team of non-professionals under camp conditions … actually, the food is usually quite delicious!
Please contact us if you have any questions about the food.
We will send you all the necessary practical information once you have booked.