This is the emblem of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Youth Camp (OYC), which will be held from August 6 to 17, 2008. Its slogan is "Youth Create the Future". In the spirit of harmony, compassion, creativity and learning through experience, the Camp has already invited participants nominated by more than 200 National Olympic Committees (NOC). Activities will focus on the Olympic experience, cultural exchange, and understanding China. For the first time in OYC history, young people with disabilities from the host country will also be joining the Camp.
This Camp will provide a chance for young people from all over the world to learn about the Olympic spirit; strengthen international understanding and friendship; and experience the Olympic Games and Chinese culture. The goal is to promote the Olympic spirit among young people, and the ideals of world peace, cooperation and development, and shared prosperity.
History and Purpose of the Olympic Youth Camp
The Olympic Youth Camp (OYC), with its proud history, is an educational and cultural exchange programme under the Olympic flag for young people aged 16 to 18. The OYC began at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games, when King Gustav V of Sweden invited 1,500 Boy Scouts to pitch their tents near the Olympic Stadium and celebrate the Games. The two World Wars interrupted the OYC, but since the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, when the OYC resumed, almost every Olympic Games has hosted the OYC. According to the Olympic Charter (2004), Chapter 5, Rule 50, "With the authorization of the IOC Executive Board, the OCOG may, under its own responsibility, organize an international youth camp on the occasion of the Olympic Games."
The OYC is an integral and special part of the Olympic Games with the goal to promote the Olympic spirit and provide a unique Olympic experience for young people. The OYC showcases the culture, history, and customs of the host city and country; and fosters cultural exchange and friendship among young people around the world. The OYC is of key importance to passing the Olympic spirit to future generations.