Youth’s Spirits and Hopes Soar at Norwegian Camp. Angela Kleine Schaars of the Netherlands returned home from a Lions’ youth camp in Norway with new friends and skills. After she taught her camp mates the Klompendans, the Dutch clog dance, they reciprocated, and she now can do dance moves popular in Denmark, Turkey and Israel. She also knows a bit of half a dozen languages. “In the camp we all learned to say ‘I love you’ in the different languages. So now I can say “I love you’ in Norwegian, Russian, Turkish, Danish and Finnish. That was really fun,” she says. Schaars was one of 23 youths from 16 nations who spent two weeks at the camp in Baerum and then one week with a host family. They swam in the ocean, kayaked in a fjord and hiked to the top of a mountain, where one-sixth of Norway lay before them. They descended into a silver mine, toured a museum with World War II artifacts and took part in a night hike and barbecue that ended at 3 a.m. with the brilliant sunrise of a new day. Most of all, they got to know and like one another. “In the beginning everyone was a little uncertain because no one knew what was going to happen and you didn’t know anybody. But because of all the activities we did get used to each other very well and quickly. It was a great experience,” Schaars said. Ece Kaptanog¢ lu of Istanbul, Turkey, said, “Coming together with people from all over the world, making strong connections with them, sharing thoughts and get the chance to know different cultures were absolutely so much fun and interesting for me.” Lions in Oslo and District 104 H sponsored the international camp. Countries represented included Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Mongolia and South Africa. The camp was one of 124 Lions International Youth Camps held in 40 nations in 2009-10. Youths at the Norway camp had to know English, the camp’s official language. “After three weeks most of them had improved their English-speaking abilities immensely– as well as their self-esteem,” said Tron Kjoelstad, a Lion camp coordinator. Many of the students had never been abroad before or even talked to a foreigner. Still, they had no problem finding common ground. “Music and movies as well as TV series, which seem to be available in every country,” Kjoelstad said. “They quickly knew who plays the piano, who studies what and what are their hobbies and interests.” Helping the students get to know one another was a nightly ritual in which several stood before the rest to talk about themselves and their country. The piano and guitars on the premises also helped forge togetherness. By the end of the camp, participants said they learned just how much they had in common. “Everyone from different countries had the chance of learning about other cultures and countries far better,” said Kaptano_lu. “We saved ourselves from stereotyping other people and got the chance to understand each other in every ways.” Added Schaars, “Of course, you can't solve all the world problems by organizing a few camps, but you can teach a lot of people international understanding by bringing them together and just let them focus on the people and not only on the country where they come from. I really appreciate the Lions Club for organizing the camp. All the people who made it possible are really caring, friendly and open-minded. I would be really happy when all people on the world are a little bit more like them.” Trolley Time in New Zealand. Traveling as fast as 50 miles per hour down a steep hill in a homemade cart is not for everyone. But hundreds of people like to watch the spectacle, and more than 30 racers took up the challenge at the latest Eltham Lions Club Trolley Derby in New Zealand. Trolley derbies are popular in New Zealand. The Waihi Lions Club also recently staged one. Two teenagers flewDown aptly named Haszard Street in a surfboard-based contraption. Eltham’s derby included trolleys inspired by a hot rod, race car and spaceship. The races are thrilling but the Lions take precautions. The trolleys needed brakes, and drivers had to wear a crash helmet, shoes and a long-sleeved shirt. Taking Care of Tumors. Indonesian First Lady Ani Yudhoyono meets Michael Tan, 13, at Husada General Hospital in Jakarta. Michael has undergone three operations to remove tumors. Dr. Lee Darmawan of the Jakarta Mangga Besar Lions Club performed the operations for free, and the Jakarta Jaya Sunter Agung Lions Club placed “charity boxes” in shops to pay for hospital charges. Yudhoyono visited the hospital as part of its 84th anniversary celebration.
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