This camp was different. It had a mix of adventure and learning leaving them enriched and rejuvenated
A group of 35 students studying in different schools in Belgaum city and Khanapur joined hands to be part of the week-long “Mission Champion” — a special adventure/residential camp organised by the Tarun Bharat Trust. The camp was organised in two venues— Kankumbi-Chorla forest ranges and at Dnyan Prabodhan Mandir School, recently.
The Trust has been organising these camps every year with a view to create an interest in adventure sports and also an awareness on nature and the impact of climate change and the need to conserve ecology. This camp was thrown open to students from Std's VI to IX. This was to facilitate an occasion to spending a few days of their summer vacation for a constructive purpose.
There was a lot of enthusiasm as children learnt rappelling and climbing and went trekking. The activities included artificial rock-climbing (wall) and rappelling (descending) on a 30ft. fibreglass wall with the help of special safety devices. It was a thrilling experience to trek in the forests above a waterfall 500 ft high. A group of children rappelled to the fort at Rajhusgud (Yellur Gadh) and then descended at mid-night.
Though the children burnt a lot of calories with the various activities the stress management programmes helped them relax. Craft making activities were taught using waste and paper to make bags, photo frames, flowers and flower stands. Music programmes by participants were also conducted where the children sang patriotic, devotional and pop songs.
Film shows on global warming, climate change, increasing pollution in urban centres and its adverse impact on land, water and air, and public health were also screened. Each show was followed by a discussion among the students. Special sessions on personality and character building were also held.
The camp was conducted by Sanjay Javalkar(adventure), Manjushri Khot(singing), Shivprasad Yardi and Amit Sutar(craft), Avinash Patil(sports) and Sujata Karekar (children films), and organised by Vijay Rawoot, Administrator of Dnyan Prabodhan Mandir.
Keywords: summer camp