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Kitafahrten is an annual multi-day camping trip (fahrten means "trip" or "wanderings")[1] for German kindergarten children designed to increase responsibility for self and others by placing them in nature and away from their parents.[2] A teacher supervises the children during the cramping trip,[2] and contact with parents is only allowed in emergencies. The concept and the word itself were created by Friedrich Fröbel in the 19th century.[2] He also created the concept of kindergarten.[3] It is popular in Berlin but not throughout all of Germany.[2]


  1. ^ Google Translate
  2. ^ a b c d Holzer, Jessica (28 December 2015). "German Kindergarten Campouts Test Helicopter Parents: German children as young as 3 are sent to forest; naps in a barn". Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ Friedrich Froebel created Kindergarten