Norway summer camp where Utoya massacre occurred canceled

The Norway island summer camp where a gunman opened fire and killed 69 campers last July 22 has been canceled for this summer, according to the Associated Press.

Eskil Pederson, the leader of the political youth organization that has organized the annual summer camp on Utoya island since the 1950s, said in a statement that “it doesn’t feel right to have an ordinary summer camp on Utoya this year.”

Pederson expects the camp to continue in the future and said a commemoration of the massacre will be held on the year anniversary.

Anders Behring Breivik, a political extremist who has confessed to the murders was also involved in a bombing in nearby Oslo on the same day that killed eight people.

TV personality Glenn Beck sparked controversy here in the U.S. in the wake of the tragedy when he likened the summer camp to a Hitler Youth Camp.

Source: Missoulian

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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