Summer Camp 2019
The Maltese contingent participating in the Order’s International Holiday Camp (Malta Camp) that departed to Munich early this morning, consists of 12 volunteers and 9 guests. The team is ably led by Daniel Benson Camilleri, whereas Fr Savio Vella is the accompanying Chaplain of the Maltese Association. Ms Rachel Barthet is the team nurse.
Over 500 participants from around 20 countries travel to take part in the camp from 3rd to the 10th August 2019, at the Benedictine Abbey Ettal, in the middle of nature and mountains in Bavaria, about one hour’s drive from Munich.
Since 1983, members of the Order of Malta have hosted the annual Maltacamp in a different country every year. Over 500 young people aged between 18 and 35, come together from around the world, including guests with various disabilities and volunteer carers. They live together, befriend one another and share exceptional experiences. For one week in the summer, guests are offered a packed program of diverse activities, workshops and experiences. The volunteers are a group of young people committed to giving people with disabilities opportunities and experiences away from their day to day lives. Camp is more than just a break from daily routine it’s an opportunity to get out in the world and be inspired by what it has to offer.
Recent camps have been held in France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Hungary, Poland and Great Britain. Guests have had the opportunity to kayak, horse-ride, fly in light aircraft, scuba dive, and try indoor skydiving. Guests receive 24-hour care from volunteer helpers of the same age often resulting in lifelong friendships.
The Maltese Association would like to thank the sponsors and the young volunteers that made the participation in this international event possible.