Utoya island youth camp reopens four years after massacre

The Norwegian island where a right-wing extremist gunned down 69 people four years ago, is reopening this week for the Labor Party youth camp.

Many of Utoya island’s red and white wooden buildings have been renovated and a new building has been constructed with conference and meeting rooms. A bright circular steel memorial engraved with names of the victims has also been constructed, according to the Associated Press.

Anders Behring Breivik, who is serving the maximum 21-year sentence, went on a killing spree walking through the island posed as a police officer on July 22, 2011 after killing eight people with a car bomb at government headquarters in Oslo.

More than 1,000 students are attending the three-day camp, which focuses on politics and is more like a festival with tent camping in the U.S. than a traditional summer camp.

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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