Certificate and envelope, Olympic Youth Camp, Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000, paper, designed by SOCOG c.2000
This certificate is an example of those that were presented to the 381 delegates who attended the Olympic Youth Camp in Sydney from 14 September to 1 October 2000. Its design - featuring a background in 'Sydney aqua', the Fluid Energy graphic, and the Sydney 2000 Games logo - provides an excellent example of the visual elements that formed the graphic package for the Sydney 2000 Games. Combining pictograms, logos, fonts and a colour palette, these design elements became visual hallmarks of the Sydney 2000 Games. This certificate is important for two central reasons: it illustrates key design elements of the Sydney 2000 graphic package; and references the Olympic Youth Camp which ran in tandem with the Olympic Games.
Preparations for the Sydney Olympic Youth Camp developed rapidly from March 1998 when 170 National Olympic Committees nominated delegates to assemble in Sydney in September 2000. Selected for outstanding achievements in their individual fields and countries, 381 youths, aged from 16 to 18 years, would attend the camp to experience peace, enterprise, teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play and participation - all Olympic ideals.
For two and a half weeks, from 14 September to 1 October 2000, the campers resided at St John's College, Sydney where they explored issues relating to the camp theme - 'The Environment and the Role of Youth in Its Protection'. Here, they gained an awareness of the global community, established an international circle of friends, and explored the role of the Olympic Games in modern society. Camp organisers intended this event to be a life- changing experience for participants, inspiring them to improve the world.
The history of Olympic youth camps commenced at the Stockholm Games in 1912 when King Gustav V invited 1500 Boy Scouts to camp near the Olympic Stadium. Forty years later, in 1952, the second camp took place in Helsinki, commencing an Olympic tradition. From this time onwards, youth camps becoming popular features of all Olympic Games, excluding the Melbourne Games of 1956 and the Los Angeles Games of 1984. The Sydney Youth Camp, with an exclusively environmental theme, was proposed as part of the bid for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Designed by Image Department, SOCOG.
Made for SOCOG to present to delegates at the Olympic Youth Camp, St John's College, Sydney 14 September to 1 October 2000.