English Summer Camp (SCOA)


We sent some of the participants of Komo’s English @Rikuzentakata to SCOA (“Sports Camp of America”) summer camp and jointly held English festival in Rikuzentakata. SCOA campers learn English in a fun and natural environment, as they try to communicate through physical and sport activities. These activities tend to motivate children to learn, providing an excellent environment to touch other cultures and gain English-speaking ability. Both Keiko Best and J.R. Best, Directors of SCOA visited Rikuzentakata multiple times and interacted directly with local children in Rikuzentakata.

Please watch the introductory video that shows the atmosphere of a SCOA camp where children are speaking English naturally.

Camp Reports from Previous Years

Between 2013 and 2018, we took in applicants from amongst the participants of Komo’s English Class for sponsorship in SCOA camps.  We accept all who wish to participate, in principle.  We asked the children who participate in the camp to write up a feedback report, to ensure the merit of our sponsorship. In 2015, SCOA designed special session for high school students which emphasizes leadership. With Toryo high school in, high school students joined this special SCOA. Let’s Talk Foundation provided financial support.

Here is some of the reports by the high school students who joined SCOA in 2015.

I learned a lot by SCOA. It is more than direct interaction with native English speakers. I am inspired by camp counsellors. They already have their own “core” inside although the age is similar to me. Through direct interaction with them as a human, I clearly felt it. It was a largest learning for me. (3rd grade student)

Initially I felt nervous if I can speak English but counsellors taught me gently. Various games opened my eyes that we have multiple ways to communicate not only verbal. I had so much fun and memories. I hope I can join next time. (2nd grade student)    

I began to like English by participating in SCOA. I also can communicate proactively with people. (1st grade student)