Campers arrived to the WYA Headquarters on Sunday, July 27th, for an urban "camp" experience. Bags were unpacked and sleeping bags were rolled out on the first floor of the WYA house as the participants settled in for a thrilling week of adventures and training. An average day in the life of a 2014 WYA camper included an early wake-up call, with breakfast together at the large kitchen table, followed by a brief morning exercise period to ensure that all participants were energized for the activities ahead. Each day, the campers received training on core issues such as dignity, freedom and solidarity, and then learned how to apply these concepts in practical real life ways, both in their own lives as well as in regard to larger international issues such as HIV/AIDS or population and development.
The afternoons included biking excursions on Govornor’s Island, rowboats in Central Park, epic soccer games with WYA staff and interns, a visit to the UN, mock negotiations, and delicious mealtimes packed around a bursting table.
The nights were full of mock-bonfires, WYA Jeopardy games, talent show performances, and dance lessons from around the world! ISC 2014 was a week to remember, and we loved watching the campers rise to the challenge of grappling with important ideas and growing in friendship with each other. To see more photos from our week, please visit our World Youth Alliance North America page on Facebook! You can also read more about it on our blog.