About the foundation

How it all started…

Summercamp Heino has a history that goes back to the 60s of the last century. What started as a recovery camp for children has grown into the largest holiday park for youth groups in the Netherlands.

In addition to Summercamp Heino, the foundation also owns bus company Elbobus, outdoor park Go Challenge and Dinoland Zwolle.

Different countries
Children on vacation

The first children arrive

Kinderoord Schaarshoek was founded in 1961 and the first children arrived on June 19 of that year. Initially, the Schaarshoek welcomed many children from families who had fled East Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The children came here on the advice of the German Red Cross to recuperate in the healthy outdoor air of the forests around Heino. They were weighed at the doctor’s station in the park and were not allowed to go home until they had gained the necessary kilos.

Old photo of children eating at a large table

Hannah’s Summer Camp

In 2015 the idea arose to organize our own summer camps at Summercamp Heino. We noticed that Dutch children go to camp less often than German and Belgian children. We want to change this. In the summer of 2015 we started our first summer camps: two weeks with a total of 80 Dutch children. Since then we started to grow more and more and 5 years later we have a wide range of different camps and we are continuously developing.

This is where our children’s camps for children between 6 and 11 years old and our youth camps for young people between 11 and 16 years old originated. The international character sets us apart from other camps. Children of all nationalities are welcome at our camps and we want to encourage mutual contact and the ability and willingness to learn from each other. We encourage all participants to be open to each other and to pay attention to cultural differences. This teaches children to give tolerance and recognition to each other.