Italy - Salesian Youth Movement of Central Italy: summer programs

22 July 2019

(ANS - Rome) - In many Salesian houses and centers throughout Italy, summer is the busiest time with the greatest number of activities and appealing proposals for young people. Typically it is the time of "Estate Ragazzi" or "GrEst", summer camps where young animators put themselves at the service of even younger children. To foster the growth of young adolescents, the Salesian Provinces and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, together with members of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM), also carry out provincial summer camps for the formation of those children who wish to become Salesian animators.

From 2009 to date, SYM Central Italy has structured the formation of these children in three distinct summer camps: Base, Woods (Bosco), and Crossroads for the children of III, IV and V year secondary school, or high school grades 10 to 12. There are also other camps addressed transversally to different children of various ages.

The Base Camp is the first fundamental step towards understanding what are the characteristics to be a Salesian animator through the knowledge of oneself and one's own motivations. It serves to lay a solid foundation for its educational service and is also the first summer camp that brings young people into contact with their peers from other parts of central Italy who live the same joys and hardships in education in Salesian circles.

The second passage is that of Campo Bosco, a seven-day experience in which participants retrace the steps of the life of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello to get to know them and understand them better. An itinerant camp in which one has the opportunity to visit the various significant Salesian sites for their formation and education, and to discover the origin of the two Congregations.

The last formation campo is Crossroads, an experience in which every young person is called to look into his own future by carefully re-reading their past. The camp aims to enable young people to take on the identity of the Salesian animator, capable of co-responsibility in the Educational-Pastoral Community.

For a journey of studying and exploring the Word of God, SYM proposes the Biblical Camp that this year will be held in the Holy Land, to rediscover the roots of Christianity.

In the Missionary Camp, instead, every youth can live a community experience - simple, spartan, cheerful and relaxing, sharing manual work with nature, in the midst of nature, cultivating an encounter with Christ, this together with their peers.

The last proposal of SYM Central Italy is the Vocational Camp in which to deepen one's own journey of vocational research, in view of making a choice.

Behind every proposal there is a great response from young people, a sign that the work shared between religious, families and young people leads to positive results that help children to become "honest citizens and good Christians".


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