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9th October 2017

41 YMCA scouts, 5 days (23-27 August), bright sunshine and a packed program were the ingredients of this year's ESG leadership training and seminar.

From the town over the forest to the mountains. Armenia was a fantastic experience for the participants from the Leadership Training and Seminar 2017. 41 Participants from six nations shared their working experience from their scouting and jungschar work and learned new tips for their work. Foreign Games were played, food were tasted, and new songs were learned. Furthermore Armenia both a great place and an interesting difference between the city (Yerevan) and the traditional old country, where people plant, sell or present their own food. This way of life got clear to the participants with a village game, where participants got to know the people from a village and they were helping, to do their allday work.

For this LTS it must be given a great pleasure for the organisation team (Leaders were Arevig and Houry), who prepared this awesome organized camp without much financial help and with a small number of teamers. One of the best Actions was the hiking tour in the armenian Mountains. We climbed the highest mountain of Armenia. It called Mount Aragats and we went up to 3879 m high. But also the international evening was an inspiring and great community, who brought their special national food to the camp.

But the most important thing was the community with the participants. Countless stories, jokes and informations or experiences were shared and at everytime Jesus was between the participants. It was possible to celebrate the individuality of the countries, but also the community over all bordes, so especially new participants could make inspiring and suspicious experiences.

One important point at the LTS is the annual meeting every year, where we made the elections for new members for the Executive Committee (7 Members from 7 different countries). Furthermore interesting reports from the past, but also important informations for the future get shared to the participants and the guests. The next LTS will be in the Czech Republic in 2018, after we meet in England 2019 and in Germany in 2020.

It was a great, suspicious and interesting experience for everybody and everybody is looking toward to the next Leadership Training and Seminar.

Author/Source: European YMCA Scouting and Jungschar Group

1,384,671 €

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