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Today saw the first planning meeting for this year’s annual summer camp. The camp, which will take place in Belarus in July, will bring together youth leaders from across Belarus and the UK to combine their skills and experience in youth leadership and bring a week of exciting activities to children in Belarus.

The camp will include daily activity programmes for children, which will combine educational content on a range of topics related to Judaism with fun and engaging activities ranging from sports to crafts and music to team games. We will also be running a weekend of leadership training and team building for our youth leaders. This is an essential part of the project, which has had demonstrable impacts both on individuals’ youth leadership abilities and on the team’s cohesion, and dramatically helped with the smooth running of the camp.

Unsurprisingly, a huge amount of organisation goes into planning the camp. Today, the London-based members of our international Youth for Youth began that planning process. As well as the format and theme of camp, youth volunteering projects in the UK and professional development training were discussed.