- Lauri Beekmann
Blue Cross Denmark: Historically great interest in Christmas camps
12.2022 - Many children and young people need a much-needed break for fun and games. Blue Cross Denmark is experiencing this, and this year there is great interest in going to camp between Christmas and New Year. All places are already fully booked.
Once the holidays are over, children and young people from all over the country head off to camp for four days of fellowship, fun and new friendships.
The children come from families with alcohol and drug problems, poverty, mental illness and other social problems. For them, the camps are a breath of fresh air.
This year, that respite is sorely needed. Blue Cross Denmark has received many phone calls and emails from families and local authority caseworkers with children who need to go on holiday.
As a result, holiday camps are already fully booked.
"We've had a historic response to filling the camps and have even created more places to accommodate the many requests. The caseworkers I have spoken to say that many families find that money is tight at Christmas, so the camps are a good opportunity to give your children a good experience," says Sandra Trampedach Junget, project manager for Blue Cross Denmark's holiday camps.
At the camps, children and young people make new friends and feel part of a community. At the same time, there are competent and caring adults who have the time and inclination to have fun, talk and listen, and who are well equipped to deal with the challenges that the participants may bring with them.
This year, Blue Cross Denmark is holding Christmas camps in Hillerød, Kolding and Ans near Silkeborg for children and young people aged 7 to 20. The camps are organised by adult volunteers.
In addition to the Christmas camps, Blue Cross Denmark has also seen great interest in Christmas aid, with over 12,000 families applying for help with food and gifts.
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