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AWESOME OUTDOORS: Enjoying trekking and boating
AWESOME OUTDOORS: Enjoying trekking and boating

RENUKA VIJAY KUMAR

What about five days of sheer fun and adventure?

Intro- Experiential camps are a fun way to introduce youngsters to outdoor activities and teach them to be one with natureThere are enough offbeat activities for adults to pursue, but when it comes to teenagers and children, the situation is not encouraging.

Learn with fun

And come summer, parents often find themselves in a dilemma, trying to figure out new and interesting ways to keep their children busy. Well, this year, there's something definitely something new for you to introduce your child to. A new concept called experiential learning is there for the taking. Experiential learning is based on the concept of learning holidays and the five-day programme is for children between the ages of nine and 17. This year, a series of camps are being organised at intervals, beginning mid April to May end.

Action begins

The camps are being held at Jungle Bells, Tyda, near Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Jungle Bells is promoted as a hub of tribal tourism by the government of Andhra Pradesh and part of the camp activities for the children include interaction with the tribals.Some of the aspects of the programme are to encourage children to work as a team and to help them achieve individual goals. The idea is connect children to nature and to encourage them to think out of the box in different surroundings. Each camp is supervised by facilitators and accompanied by a doctor as well. The trip commences with a overnight train to Vizag and then a connecting train to Tyda. Minor outdoor activities at the camp include rifle shooting, astronomy, aero modelling, art, theatre and rope course, while the major activities include rock climbing, rappling, raft building, trekking, outdoor cooking, map reading, mountain biking and more.

Day by day

A typical day begins with a wake-up call at 6.30 am and is followed by a mind rejuvenating activity. Activities are held all through the day with lights-off at 10.30pm. In this part of the country, experiential learning has been introduced by Hari Prasad and his team at Future Bound Mind Empower. The camps are open to children from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and anybody else you can make reach the base points of Bangalore or Hyderabad.Contact 040-23540442/ 30961511 or email: info@futuremindpower.com

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