Achievements of summer camps 1964 – 1969 at Mylopotamos



Start of excavations  the Home Economic School in Mylopotamos for water cellar and columns and beam foundations.

First group (29 June – 26 July) was lodged in Myrtidia. They achieved digging 125 m1 foundation beams, deep water cellar (450 m3) was dug, rebar bending for 3 column footings and beams and 25 m3 concrete was poured.

Second group (26 July – 20 August) was lodged in Mylopotamos. From rather vague info Dave Vijsma they achieved 4 concreted column footings, and some length of foundation beams excavated and poured. On their last day one other column footing was poured with aid of papas Manolis and other people from Mylopotamos. From Hans van Oosterom’s diary the excavation for the water cellar was finished but proved partly to be at the wrong location. A first column footing is poured, a second followed. On their last day an official from Geneva (Mr. Geoffry Murray, chief of Information Department) arrived and with aid of local youth another column footing was poured. Hans mentioned five column footings were being poured in total.

For both groups the Team technical students Wim Rijnberk and Gerard Helmink supervised the work.



International camp SECONU from Switzerland (10 June – mid-August) was organized by Walter Kupferschmid. Technical students Bob Scholten and Hans de Kinkelder were the technical leaders. Girls were lodged in the xenona and the boys in an old house. Every week a different number of youths arrived. (In April some work was done by local people.)

June: A start was made with prefabricating floor panels and hollow concrete bricks. Some beams were poured. The first floor panels were installed on the foundation beams.

July: according Hans de Kinkelder four columns were made ready for which they had developed a to be reused formwork casing. Concrete cover spacing blocks, 2 cm thick, were introduced. Sometimes there were 30 volunteers from 6 different countries at work. 155 Prefab floor panels were made and numerous bricks. The main columns had been designed for 75 tons.

August: according Walter Kupferschmid some 35 volunteers were working the first 2 weeks (Bob Scholten left 7 August). In total 6 columns and the floor of the water cellar were poured. A good part of floor panels and some brick walls were laid.



July: Jan Stappers, HTS technical student, went to Mylopotamos on 7 July. Bob Scholten, on vacation, arrived some days later. There were 2 camps, the first from 2 July – 27 July, the second from 26 July – 17 August. The second arrived 26 July when the first had not yet left. Walls were partly installed in the water cellar, the making of hollow concrete bricks was continued, floor panels were laid. When Bob Scholten arrived, prefabricating of the floor panels and brick construction was started. According Bob 80 m2 prefab floor panels were made and with 50 m2 from stock 130 m2 could be placed. Nearly all walls from the water cellar were installed. The stones being a donation from locals.  Mid-August Bob Scholten and Jean Bingen left for Crete. After the Vlaardingen group had left Livadi, Jean had been busy for the Team supplying tools and materials for the Mylopotamos camp when needed.



July: one group of this summer camp installed for the school the from last year left over prefabricated materials, panels and bricks. Another group started excavations for the village water supply and a third group dug holes for the coming tree planting winter camp February 1968.


1968 no summer camp was organized for Mylopotamos



July: one summer camp from 28 June – 3 August, being 3 weeks at Mylopotamos. They had no leader appointed from Utrecht. They have been digging the septic tank and ditches for the wastewater disposal.



Photos from the Home Economic School in Mylopotamos 1967-1969 with mrs Anna Koksma, click on a photo to enlarge








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