Spain – Salesians organize summer activities for 13,000 children, adolescents and young people

16 July 2021

(ANS - Madrid) - After an intense and anomalous school year, thousands of children, adolescents and young people face the summer holidays with greater desire than ever to disconnect from routine. For them, the Salesians of Spain are organizing the activities of the Salesian Summer: 13,000 participants of various ages are expected, accompanied by about 1,400 animators and Salesians.

Despite the limitations caused by the pandemic, the offer is broadbased and varied. Ordinary camps with overnight stays and urban camps are the main proposals. The goal is to create a lively atmosphere of conviviality through games, gymnastics, sports, educational activities, workshops, cultural visits, excursions into nature .... And specifically technological, linguistic immersion, work campuses and pilgrimage experiences along the Camino de Santiago were also organized.

In addition to youth centers, Salesian social platforms develop activities for their target groups, such as camps, excursions, workshops and vocational training courses.

This year, then, some of the training activities that were necessarily suspended last summer will be recovered, such as training courses for animators to obtain the titles of Supervisor or Director of Recreational Activities. 600 young animators will follow these courses to become a point of reference in their respective youth centers.

The offer is completed with the spiritual exercises for young people of three different age groups. In Mohernando (Guadalajara), young people aged 19 to 23 will deepen their Salesian spirituality in the footsteps of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello; young people over 23, in Egino (Álava), will follow those focused on prayer; in the monastery of Buenafuente del Sistal (Guadalajara), instead, those interested in an experience of silence will converge to deepen their relationship with God and others.

All the proposals of the Salesian Summer will be offered by adopting the anti-Covid-19 protocol (swab for the managers of each meeting and for the participants at the beginning of the activity, distribution of masks and disinfectants, capacity limits, safety distances. ..).

The two Salesian Provinces in Spain then offer the teachers of their schools the opportunity to complete their formation during the holidays: 600 teachers from the "Spain-Mary Help of Christians" (SMX) Province have already taken part in the Summer School on topics such as the System Preventive, neuro-education and educational marketing. Another 400, also from SMX, attended sessions in Barcelona to improve learning processes in the classroom. While in the Province of "Spain-St James the Greater" (SSM) 43 new teachers have received training in the Salesian style.

Finally, summer is a propitious time for the care and spiritual formation of the Sons of Don Bosco themselves. Two theological-pastoral updating meetings have also been convened to be held in Chipiona (July 19-24) and in Santiago de Compostela (July 22-24). The first will focus on the theme "The art of growing old", while the second will revolve around the theme "Rereading the Salesian charism today". While the new Directors of the Salesian houses will have a meeting in Santiago de Compostela in the first week of August to study the theme "The Salesian Director: father, teacher and spiritual guide".


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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