In the sports center of Langenargen/Germany the 15th International Icestocksport Youth Camp took place.
Boys and girls in the age between 10 and 15 years, coming from the host club ESC Langenargen, ESG Mönchweiler, TV Ebhausen, EC Krefeld and the Bavarian clubs SV Untermeitingen and LG Andermannsdorf, arrived already on Friday afternoon to build up their tents and get to know each other.
The team competition started on Saturday morning with 7 Trio teams which were mixed up with players from different clubs. In every team there was a good mix of old and young, male and female coming from different clubs. So the quality of all teams was quite similar and there were a lot of well balanced exciting matches. At the end everybody could win some games and had a lot of fun. The winner at the end was the team which called themselves ‘Polarwölfe’ playing with Sophie Feuerbacher (Ebhausen), Felix Schindlbeck (Andermansdorf) and Anna Greulich (Untermeitingen).
During a longer lunch break, most of the participants took the opportunity to swim in the lake of Constance, having a great view to the mountains of Austria and Switzerland. The afternoon was again reserved for Icestocksport. But for this special ghost competition, the teams were randomly mixed for every game. All players from the winning teams received after every match a ghost which he had to stick on his breast. At the end it was Felix Schindlbeck from LS Andermansdorf who had the most ghosts and won the competition.
After a good dinner the participants were prepared for some further fun challenges. Starting with rope pulling. Here the kids gave all their passion and energy to beat their rivals. The next discipline, beer mug pushing, forced a quite hand and a good sense for the length. Within ‘Lattlschießen’ the teenagers tried again to reach the highscores and win some small prices. Beside the challenges some youngsters played football, tennis and boule on the wide field of the sports arena. Disco music in parallel supported the good mood and activities of all participants. Until late night the teenagers and also the adults had a lot of fun.
After a collective breakfast on Sunday morning, the tired teens and adults removed their tents and started the way back home with a clear announcement: “We are coming again next year!”
Author: Bruno Morandell
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