Youth Center and Camp schools

ps_nuoriso_leirikPikku-Syöte is one of the nine Finnish Youth Centers approved by the Ministry of Education. The mission of the Youth Center is to support the growth and development of children and youth.


For reservations and questions, please contact

Sales Manager / Conferences and groups
+358 50 363 0999
anne.brandt(at)pikkusyote.fi



For over 20 years the International Youth and Camp School Center has arranged all kinds of activities for youth and schoolkids throughout the year.

Surrounding nature and large Syöte National Park plays large role in our activities. Magical snow in wintertime allows us to practice all winter sports from downhill skiing to snowshoeing and cross country skiing. You can even make art from snow or go in to a self made snow cave.

Summertime activities are also mainly held in the nature: canoeing, hiking, learning about the nature products and wilderness skills.

Our instructors can build you the camp of your wishes. Prices are for school- and youth groups only, vat 0%

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You will learn how to ski. We start at basic on top of Pikku-Syöte and do some games on skies. Next day you can go to downhill station for more practicing. Third day you might want to go for a short trip, perhaps combine it with lunch outdoors. Days can be modified for each group.

Duration: 1,5-2 h

Group size: 5-15 persons

At winter time all our 9 slopes offer safe skiing experience for all.  Our slopes are just 100 meters from the youth center. You might be just learning how to down hill ski or you might have learn some already. We have slopes for all!

Duration: 1 h

Group size: 10 persons/one instructor

 

Feel the real atmosphere of Northern winter. With our guide you will go thru the silent and pure white forest. You will get the snowshoes and learn the technique. One of the most spectacular snowshoeing route begins just next to our hotel.

Duration: 1,5 h

Group size: maximum 20 persons

 

While snowshoeing you might also learn about:

  • Syöte area and it’s history
  • different winter weather conditions
  • some wilderness skills
  • everyman’s rights

Learn about the different quality of snow and the technique for snow sculpting. After this you can make your own snow sculptures. While we wait the snow to freeze, we test our toboggan slides!

Duration: 1,5 h

Group size: maximum 20 persons

Price: 15 €/person

 

While snowsculpting you might also learn about:

  • how snow works in different conditions
  • how to build with snow
  • creativity

You learn how to get a fish during winter time. We walk on the ice and drill a hole through it. Let’s hope to get some fish! This activity is easy to combine with lunch at outdoors (sausages, sandwiches, hot drinks and so on). You need a transfer to get to the lake.

Duration: 1,5 h

Group size: maximum 20 persons

 

While winter fishing you might also learn about:

  • Finnish fish species
  • different ways of winter fishing
  • Finnish nature
  • everyman’s rights
  • handling fish
  • preparing fish for eating
  • ice safety

On top of Pikku-Syöte fell you are able to find our Magic Forest, where snowy trees are decorated by lights. Usually you need snowshoes to get there. Magic forest is always open, so you can visit it also by our self, but for our foreign groups we recommend a guide. Magic forest is best after the sunset.

Duration: max 1 h

Group size: maximum 20 persons

 

While being in the Magic forest you might also learn about:

  • Finnish nature
  • different weather conditions
  • Syöte area and it’s history
  • traveling in nature
  • everyman’s rights

Come and meet the husky dogs at their own home. The owners will tell you about their daily routines with the dogs and you can familiarize oneself with the dogs. During the visit you will also have some coffee or juice with sweet coffee bun by the sunny terrace or by the fire at winter time.

Duration: 1 h

Group size: maximum 50 persons

 

While visiting husky farm you might also learn about:

  • taking care of animals, responsibility
  • empathy, becoming noticed
  • nature experience

Syöte visitor center is the gateway to Syöte National Park. National park offer wide and versatile possibilities for year round getting around in the nature. From the visitor center you get useful information about the area and the how to carry out your trip. Also, the visitor center offers guided indoor tours for youth groups to the exhibition. During the guided tour you will learn lots about the Finnish nature. You need transfer to get to the visitor center.

Duration:  guided tour 1 h

Group size: maximum 20 persons

Learn wilderness skills at fabulous fell scenery. You will learn the basics of camping, how to get around in nature, what is the equipment you need and what are the signature animals and flora of the area. The skills are learned in real environment. This activity can be arranged at summer and winter time.

Specialty in wintertime: snow cave. We build our own snow cave, where is possible to go inside. This activity lasts half a day.

Specialty in summertime: self-made raft. We make a raft and test it at the bond. Duration 2,5 hours.

Duration:  1,5 h, snow cave 4-5 h, raft 2,5 hour

Group size: maximum 20 persons

 

While learning wilderness skils you might also learn about:

  • enviroment
  • everyman’s rights
  • considering of nature and others

You are able to see the nature and scenery during a hiking trip with our guide. On the way guide will tell you about nature and history of Syöte. There are many routes to choose from, some of them require transfer, but for example hiking to hilltop of Pikku-Syöte van be started from the main door of the hotel.

Duration:  1,5 h- all day hikes

Group size: maximum 20 person with one guide

 

While hiking you might also learn about:

  • Syöte area and it’s history
  • how to travel in nature
  • everyman’s rights
  • different weather conditions
  • some wilderness skills

Let out your inner artist. We might be printing a t-shirt, felting or making your own lip balm. Lips balms are made of nature products and everyone can choose the flavor of the balm from the Finnish nature.

Duration:  1,5 h

Group size: maximum 20 person

 

While taking art classes you might also learn about:

  • creativity
  • handcrafts
  • colors and mixing them
  • house chores, ironing
  • using nature products
  • productization
  • patience

Our own indoor wall climbing wall is 7,5 meters high. All our guides have been trained to act as a wall climbing instructors. This activity increases your bravery, strength and flexibility, and is one of the most wanted camp school activity.

Duration:  1,5 h

Group size: maximum 16 person with one guide, 25 with two guides

 

While doing indoor climbing you might also learn about:

  • technique of climbing
  • self confidence and –knowledge
  • pushing your own boundaries
  • supporting others

Archery suits for all. First we learn the technique and then we will start the games! Archery increases your muscle strength, focus and helps improve your posture.

Duration:  1,5 h

Group size: maximum 20 persons

 

While doing archery you might also learn about:

  • technique of archery
  • physics
  • history

Playful tasks where you also need to use your brain and do some exercise. Tasks are solved in a group so you need to learn interaction and how to build your group spirit.

Duration:  1,5 h

Group size: maximum 20 persons

 

While doing team tasks you might also learn about:

  • supporting others
  • social skills and teamwork
  • patience
  • problem solving skills

Basket climbing is a fun experience where you need your balance and you need to stay calm. You stack the baskets on top of each other and try to stay on top at the same time. How high can you go?

Duration:  1,5 h

Group size: maximum 16 persons

 

While doing basket climbing you might also learn about:

  • self confidence and –knowledge
  • pushing your own boundaries
  • supporting others
  • balance

Syöte area is a great place to try mountain biking. There are over 100 km of marked routes. First you learn some technique and basic features. You choose the route with your guide and decide how though the route should be. Our bikes are fatbikes and suitable over 15 year old drivers.

Duration:  1,5 h

Group size: maximum 10 persons

 

While mountain biking you might also learn about:

  • technique of biking
  • balance
  • traveling in nature
  • everyman’s rights
  • physics

As you canoe thru the lakes of Syöte are, you mind is peaceful. On this guided trip you get to know the sport in a safe way. You don’t need to have any experience before to start paddling. You need a transfer to get to the lake.

Duration:  2 h

Group size: maximum 4-10 persons

 

While canoeing you might also learn about:

  • Syöte area and it’s history
  • traveling in nature and especially on water
  • water safety
  • everyman’s rights
  • different weather conditions
  • some wilderness skills

The children of Syöte go to school in Pikku-Syöte, same building as the hotel. Maybe they have the best view from their school in Finland!

Groups may visit the school and also ask the local kids to join their activities while their stay in Pikku-Syöte. Choose the lesson you want to join from the list below

Arts lesson

Experience arts lesson with the Finnish school students (age 6-12). During the lesson you will do handicrafts, paint, draw, or make art with the Finnish pupils. While your visit you will see what the local Finnish school looks like, you will hear a short presentation of the school and feel what it feels like to be a student in a Finnish school.

Duration: 45 minutes

Group size: 10-20

 

Sports lesson

Sports lesson with Finnish school kids (age 6-12) either inside in the sports hall or outside. You will see what the Finnish school sports lesson is like. While your visit you will see what the local Finnish school looks like, you will hear a short presentation of the school and feel what it feels like to be a student in a Finnish school.

Duration: 45 minutes

Group size: 10-20

 

Mathematics lesson

Action-based mathematics teaching with Finnish school kids (age 6-12). You will get an introduction to a Finnish mathematics lesson and learn mathematics with our school pupils. While your visit you will see what the local Finnish school looks like, you will hear a short presentation of the school and feel what it feels like to be a student in a Finnish school.

Duration: 45 minutes

Group size: 10-20

 

Forest school

Learning by experiencing in the Finnish forest with the local schoolchildren in Syöte. Action-based learning in mathematics, environmental sciences, history, English or Finnish in the nature close to the school. In addition, we play some traditional games in the beautiful scenery. While your visit you will see what the local Finnish school looks like, you will hear a short presentation of the school and feel what it feels like to be a student in a Finnish school.

Duration: 45 minutes

Group size: 10-20