Latvian Transatlantic Organization (LATO) and Recruitment and Youth Guard Center of Latvia are organizing camp for Baltic youth guards entitled “Baltic Guards 2012: Cēsis through Ages”. Camp objective is to facilitate cooperation between Baltic youth guard movements Jaunsargi in Latvia; Kodututred and Noored Kotkad in Estonia and Šauliu sajunga in Lithuania.
The camp aims to strengthen regional identity, to promote leadership skills of youngsters, to engage young people in crisis management simulations, to raise awareness about the security and defence policy, international security challenges, NATO, as well as promote Baltic youth guards’ movements. The idea is to organize such kind of summer camps on the yearly basis. The first Baltic Guards camp will take place in Latvia, but Lithuania and Estonia will take over the organization of the event in the years to come.
Camp “Baltic Guards 2012: Cēsis through Ages” will gather 36 representatives from each country in the age of 16-18 with an interest in foreign policy and security issues.
Honorary patron of The Camp is Defense minister of Republic of Latvia Artis Pabriks. During the camp youth guards will also meet with U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Judith G. Garber and head of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Offices in the Baltic States Andreas M. Klein.
Camp “Baltic Guards 2012: Cēsis through Ages” is supported by NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, U.S. Embassy in Riga, Tapei Mission in Latvia, Riga Shipyard, Bunkurs 13, Cēsis Local Municipality, Cēsis Youth Council.