Lahm: One Summer Day In Werneuchen

I wish I was ten again. That way I could apply to go to Philipp Lahm’s Sommercamp because it sure seems like a lot of fun. For the past two years Lahm and his foundation have been organizing the summer camp in two cities, whereas in 2009 it was just in Munich. The more, the better. In addition to all the fun, Lahm visits the sight(s) for a whole day.

Philipp Lahm and kids in his summer camp in Werneuchen, July 2011. ©Philipp Lahm-Stiftung/Foto: Stefan Maria Rother.

Movement, nutrition, character. Three simple words. Three great ideas. Today Märkische Oderzeitung published an online article that speaks about Lahm’s Sommercamp in Werneuchen (near Berlin). He came there for a day and was wearing “jeans and a leather jacket, was in good spirits, and was greeted by [children’s] happy faces.” (my translation)  80 kids between the ages of 10 and 13 spent a week doing numerous activities that will help them to interact with the world in the future. 20 amazing educators helped them in their endeavors. The kids told Philipp it had been so much fun to be there and that the food had been great, too. The only thing that could have been better was the weather. In his turn, Lahm commented on how beautiful the place was. The article emphasizes that it was a “spontaneous” exclamation, something that you say when you are overwhelmed by nature’s beauty. There were several tents in which various workshops took place. Lahm states:

For my camp, one does not have to be a football player. [Kids have to come in] with a little bit of curiosity and a sense of adventure [in order to] discover themselves and the world around them. (my translation)

According to the article, the next camp will take place in Munich, from July 31st to August 6th. As I understand, the author means the one in Bildungsstätte Maxhofen (45 km away from Munich) that I mentioned in my post, even though the dates do not correspond, as the previous article stated the camp would be held from August 7th to August 13th. Bundesliga starts on the August 7th. In any case, I think it is a great opportunity for children, and I hope they will enjoy themselves.


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