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Holiday program: Organizer urgently needed, city grants subsidy for holiday bus


Highlights: Joint holiday programme for Schongau, Altenstadt and Hohenfurch will be published in June/July. The offer is likely to be expanded, especially on the part of the clubs. There is still no offer from the water rescue service. The programme includes the Steiff Museum, Hellabrunn Zoo, the Skyline Park, the Söllereck climbing forest, Legoland and the Bajuwarenhof, an open-air museum near Munich.

Behind the joint holiday programme: (from left to right) Thomas Schleich, Andreas Nuscheler (Altenstadt), Maximilian Geiger, Ursula Diesch, Andreas Klausmann, Mona Maucher (Schongau) and Stefan Lukats (Hohenfurch). © Archive (photomontage)

In Schongau, too, a holiday program is in the works. It will be published at the turn of June/July in an edition of 4000 copies for Schongau, Altenstadt and Hohenfurch. However, the offer is likely to be expanded, especially on the part of the clubs. The registration deadline is Monday.

Schongau – Andreas Klausmann is once again the man who brings the joint holiday programme for the three neighbouring communities into shape this year. Responsible are the youth officers Mona Maucher, Thomas Schleich, Andreas Nuscheler, Stefan Lukats and, from the Tourist Information of the city of Schongau, the team Ursula Diesch and Maximilian Geiger. The magazine should again comprise around 60 pages with about 100 events, explains Klausmann at the request of the Schongauer Nachrichten. The financing is probably already in place, which is financed purely on the basis of advertisements. "But I urgently need more events, that's still a bit thin," says the Schongauer.

Release date is approaching, and offers are still missing

Because the release date is inexorably approaching – after all, parents and children want to plan in good time before the summer holidays, time is also tight for providers. Originally, the registration deadline would have been last Monday, but Klausmann has now extended this time frame once again: Events can still be announced until Monday, June 12. "But that's really the last appointment," says Klausmann. He is certain: "The organizers just need a little more time, we're sure to get something totally good together."

Various things have already been decided, the highlights include a competition by the Schongau advertising association, the ghost hunt in the Schongau City Museum, the children's raft rides and the Schongau city tours with the witch child Hagasusa. Unfortunately, clubs in particular are very cautious this year: "At TSV Schongau it has been very poor so far, nothing has come yet," Klausmann regrets. For example, the tennis offer has always been gladly accepted - or the skate school of the EA Schongau. "There's nothing there yet."

There is also still no offer from the water rescue service

The water rescue service is also still lacking an offer – for example, with a lifeguard day at the Lido. Water skiing in Immenstadt with the municipalities of Hohenfurch and Altenstadt, on the other hand, is already firmly planned, which has always been considered an attraction. Klausmann hopes that a lot of events will arrive at the last minute. "It's clear that the clubs do all this on a voluntary basis."

What had also been missing so far: the popular holiday trips of the scouts. But they have now finished scheduling and have determined the destinations, as Sophia Albrecht confirmed at the request of the Schongauer Nachrichten. This year's programme includes the Steiff Museum, Hellabrunn Zoo, the Skyline Park, the Söllereck climbing forest, Legoland and the Bajuwarenhof. The latter is an open-air museum near Munich. "Only the prices of the trips will change compared to the previous year due to new donations/grants," says Albrecht, but these are to be determined in a timely manner.

Holiday programme to be published at the turn of the month

The holiday programme will be available again as a small booklet at the turn of the month, and it will also be possible to download it again – via the websites of the participating municipalities. "And I'm going to install a QR code so that you can get it directly on your mobile phone," Klausmann announces. As usual, registrations will then be made directly through the individual organizers.


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The city council also recently dealt with the topic of the holiday program

The city of Schongau subsidizes the holiday bus of the scouts - but only for Schongau children. This was recently decided in a city council meeting. As is well known, the organizers of the Association of Christian Scouts (VCP), Stamm Lechrain, have been organizing the holiday bus between the two districts of Weilheim-Schongau and Landsberg for six years.

At all stops, children can board the holiday bus

The idea behind it: Every Wednesday during the summer holidays, children and young people are collected at all stops along line 9824 between Schongau and Landsberg. Together they then go on a holiday day in an adventure park, a climbing land or a children's museum.

Every year, around 250 children from the region are transported, according to the scouts' application to the city for cost sharing. This is convenient for parents. Because the children are always collected at the same time directly at their usual bus stops, they spend an exciting day together, and in the evening the bus drops the children off again on time according to the timetable.

Trips could also take place during the Corona summers

Even during the two Corona summers, the trips could have taken place and had provided a little variety in a difficult time, especially for children and young people. "Our holiday bus is becoming better known every year and is now an indispensable experience for many families during the holidays," writes Sophia Albrecht, who is the tribal leader of the VCP Lechrain. Holiday trips with the RVO rental bus are also planned for this August.

Unfortunately, however, prices have risen massively due to Corona and inflation. Until 2021, 29 euros per trip had been charged, but now the amount had to be increased to 39 euros. The total cost would now amount to 10,000 to 15,000 euros, according to the scouts.

"We definitely want to continue the project and keep it within a financially viable framework, even for currently weaker wallets," argues Albrecht. Even now, many families from the communities would contact the organizers with the request for a social price or higher sibling discounts.

But especially for younger families from the villages, the holiday bus is a great project, among other things because of its regularity, but also because it is an all-day care. The scouts asked the city to support the project, without specifying a specific amount.

Subsidy only for the Schongau clubs

"This is not a Schongau club," said branch manager Bettina Schade at the city council meeting. "In the past, it was the case that only Schongau clubs were subsidized." City councillor Stephan Hild (UWV) had been interested in the run-up to how many Schongau children were regularly among the participants.

Around 40 to 50 children from Lechstadt, i.e. around 20 percent, would go along every summer, she got from the scouts in response, according to Schade. "But these figures have been given to us without being substantiated."

Ten euros per child, but only for those from Schongau

The managing director had the following proposal for a resolution ready for the city council: They wanted to grant a subsidy of ten euros per child and trip, but only if they got a list of names after the summer holidays who had actually traveled. "This is a good, acceptable compromise," Hild praised the initiative. "This shows that we support the children." Hans Rehbehn (CSU) also found this "a great thing for Schongau children", the CSU supported the decision as a whole.

The city of Schongau is already planning the required all-day care from 2026 - the Köhlerstadel will be completely rebuilt for this purpose

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