Kamp Sajf 2017/

Kamp Sajf? - Rather Camp Joy!

From August 11th to 20th, lots of young people came together to - let's say - celebrate the feast that Kamp Sajf actually was. Young people coming from opposite directions of the island, dancing, singing, praying, playing large scale games together - it was nice to see how Kamp Sajf gave all of them the opportunity to escape the stress and the pressure in everyday life for a couple of days. Being away from their usual environment, it is remarkable, how approximately 50 leaders alongside a number of participants, passionately got engaged in 'water games' that eventually just turned into large water battles, enabling the participants to set aside their worries for a minute or two. The same applies to the vast amount of ZAK dances, sportive choreographies accompanied by energetic, music covering fiddle tunes, Bollywood beats, by The Travellers' Hafi Paci Kuluri and more, which definitely were repeatedly highlights to many participants.

Keeping in mind all the fun, Kamp Sajf was also about more serious activities. The activities aimed at the self-reflection. Some activities were more focussed on helping them to determine their individual identity. Others outlined the role they have in ZAK and consequently stressed their responsibility for its success. So when the participants of Live-In 1, for example, were left organising their first evening at the camp on their own, they experienced first-hand, what it is like being responsible for themselves. Additionally, they learned how important it is to take responsibility for the organisation, as every member is an essential part of the whole success.

Masses and prayers supported the process, calling God for advice and providing the image of community being like a wall, in which every individual represents a brick. Responsibility can therefore be marked as the bonding kit, holding the wall together, which emphasizes the importance of the participants' commitment not only in ZAK, but in society in general. If (young) people do not take their responsibilities seriously or retreat from them, the wall breaks, bricks fall off and the wall of community is likely to collapse.

At last, the bricks - represented by shoe boxes containing the wishes and worries of the participants - were thrown away as far as possible, symbolically leaving them to trust in God. Throwing the boxes was quite a funny exercise, but a great example of how fun and matter were going hand in hand together in Kamp Sajf.

Severin Werner