INDIA, by Jerin Choondal •
As usual every year, Kerala Movement Fathers conducted a teenage camp for both boys and girls called NEW GEN-2016 in Mary Matha Schoenstatt Bhavan, Aloor, Kerala S. India. There were forty-four participants and twelve coordinators for the four-day program.
Practical ways to care for the environment
The aim was to stir up their spirits, how can they live in society with a revived spirit? The camp’s theme was “Young people and the Natural World.” The young people learned the need of respecting nature. The question was mainly about our concern for the natural world. Nature reacts every now and then. The cause of natural calamities was also a theme of our camp. The youths mainly discussed about the ways and means to respect nature especially in the area of waste management. They looked at the well-planned systems of waste management in western countries. A program of waste management was worked out in this camp, which is very practical, and young people promised their cooperation. Practical resolutions were in such a way our little contributions to help preserve the environment.
The youth mass motivated the camp, sharing with the Schoenstatt Family League, seminars, group discussions and presentations, party games, video presentations, yoga class and campfire. In the Schoenstatt Family league presentation, most of them had been members of the Schoenstatt youth group. They attended many of the camps. They shared their experiences in the camps and personally invited them to join the Schoenstatt Youth Movement.
At the end of the camp, all of them made their promise to the Blessed Mother and went home with renewed spirits as the MTA messengers.
Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA