Youth Camp "Olympic Values in Student Life" (2021)
On August 26-29, the Lithuanian Olympic Academy organized the annual youth camp "Olympic Values in Student Life". The first day began with a tour of Lukiškės, Vilnius, where the guide Donatas Jokūbaitis told many historical facts about one of the oldest districts of the capital. On that day, camp participants got acquainted with the Summer Olympics sports. The participants experienced the subtleties of rugby while playing it with the coach from Vilnius Rugby Academy Vidmantas Valius. Lithuanian Sports University lecturer Saulius Kavaliauskas and the chairman of the Sports Volunteers Union Mykolas Krasnickas talked about volunteering. After a discussion with the guests, the camp participants traveled to try judo. "Become a champion" coach Ieva Kublickienė playfully introduced this sport, and the students readily got involved and performed all the exercises.
The second day of the Youth Camp was dedicated to the Paralympic Games. The camp participants started the day by getting acquainted with the Lithuanian Anti-Doping Agency. Rima Valentienė introduced the anti-doping procedure and talked about the consequences of doping. In Vingis Park, the President of the Lithuanian Racerunning Association Aušra Kriškoviecienė introduced the three-wheeled running bikes for the disabled. The participants had the opportunity to run around Vigis Park with these racerunning bikes that facilitate mobility for people with disabilities. After the activities in Vingis Park, the camp participants traveled to get acquainted with Paralympic sports. Arnoldas Januškevičius, President of the Lithuanian Blind Sports Federation, spoke about Paralympic sports and, together with the camp participants, observed and supported the start of Paralympic swimmer Edgaras Matakas in Tokyo. The camp participants continued learning about Paralympic sports. Coach Aušra Kriškoviecienė taught how to play boccia. And did you know that there are two kinds of boccia? There is the boccia for the physically disabled and Special Olympics boccia, which is played by people with intellectual disabilities. Both kinds were experienced. After trying out boccia, the students got acquainted with another sport. Algirdas Gricius, a member of the Lithuanian E-Sports Association, presented the possible sport of the future – e-sports. The day culminated with the night orienteering competition around Vilnius.
The third day was dedicated to the Winter Olympics, so in the morning the students started with Nordic walking. The LOA referent for Olympic education Ramūnė Motiejūnaitė showcased the sport of skiing, and later biathlon coach Darius Čepulis not only introduced the camp participants to his sport, but also taught students shooting techniques. Physical activity was then replaced by theory. R. Motiejūnaitė presented in detail the history of the Olympic Games, discussed the problems of their organization, discussed with students about the Olympic values and how they are actualized in our lives. The theory was replaced by physical activity. Students tried out the skis. At the ski academy, instructor Anželika Schrijer taught the basics of skiing. The day ended with a film "Rising Phoenix" about the Paralympic Games and sports for the disabled. After the film, students discussed for a long time about a person’s potential, what makes a person strong, how a person can adapt, what they endure, and how they fight on the sports field.
On the morning of the fourth day, the camp itself was discussed, as per tradition. The LOA director Enriketa Prunskienė thanked the participants for their liveliness, good mood, wished that the Olympic values discussed throughout the camp would find a place in their hearts, their lives, their environment, their families. The camp participants sincerely thanked the Lithuanian Olympic Academy and the camp coordinator R. Motiejūnaitė for the opportunity to discover themselves, make new friends, and try new sports.
We are delighted with our wonderful participants who were active in both sports activities and theoretical lectures. The students discussed, expressed their opinions remarkably, were curious. It is gratifying that every year the circle of participating higher education institutions changes, becomes more diverse. This time students came from Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuanian Military Academy, Marijampolė College, Lithuanian Business College, Kaunas University of Technology, Klaipėda University and a student from Oxford University. You can see the snapshots of the camp captured here.