The Initiative Group

The Camp Rising Sun Alumni Association of Denmark

Each summer since 1946 a Danish boy has participated in the American summer school, Camp Rising Sun, in the state of New York. It is an international summer school with participants from many countries throughout the world. For two months, the boys, being 15-16 years of age, form a community building on tolerance, cooperation, democracy, humanism, and leadership performance.

Since 1989 there has been a similar summer school in USA for girls, and each year a Danish girl has participated.

These schools are run by The Louis August Jonas Foundation which is independant from political, religious and racial influence.

In 1952, the Danish alumni of the school formed The Camp Rising Sun Alumni Association of Denmark. One of its principal tasks is to be responsible for the selection of the Danish participants in the summer schools. The association now have more than 70 members of the age between 15 and 70 years.

In 1996, the association instituted The George E. Jonas Foundation with the aim of establishing a similar European summer school in Denmark (Camp Rising Sun Europe).

The structure and content of the European summer school are by and large similar to the American summer schools, but it does differ in some respects. (1) First of all, it receives participants from a much wider selection of countries, as the host country is not overrepresented as it is in the American schools. (2) Secondly, it concentrates on Europe, as representation is sought from all European countries which will send 2/3 of the participants while the rest come from other parts of the world. (3) Further, English as the common language is only the mother tongue of a limited part of the participants. (4) In addition, owing to the geographical situation of the school, there is a stronger attention towards European culture, through the many European participants, through lectures and discussions, and through excursions and hikes.

The association is responsible for the selection of Danish participants and the support of them both before and after their participation in the school.