What goes on at Norway’s Political Youth Camps?
Christian fundamentalist Anders Behring Breivik killed 76 people in downtown Oslo and on the nearby island of Utøya on Friday, possibly with the help of accomplices. The 68 victims killed on Utøya were participating in a “youth camp” for the Labor Party. What happens at a Norwegian political youth camp?
Debates, lectures, and regular summer camp stuff. Approximately 700 Labor Party enthusiasts between the ages of 14 and 25 descend on Utøya every year during summer break. The four-day event receives national media attention, and prominent Labor politicians make a point of addressing the group. (Former Prime Minister and party legend Gro Harlem Brundtland spoke on Friday and was among Breivik’s primary targets, but she left the island before the killer arrived.) In addition to the lectures and debates, the campers play soccer, swim, share communal meals, and hold concerts. It’s also widely known as a good place for singles to find that special, like-minded someone.
Unless they’re responsible for running the meetings, campers are expected to bring their own tents and sleeping bags. There’s a nominal fee to defray the cost of meals, but most attendees spend more money traveling to Utøya than at the camp itself.
Amazing that despite what the Beckster claims this is nothing at all like a Hitler Youth camp. Or even one for the BDM while we are at it.
But then again, if Beck or the Tea Party ran a political summer camp, would that make them Hitler?
I’m just asking.