Staff Reporter

Camp aimed at identifying cadets for Republic Day parade and Tal Sainik Camp

Some 700 boys and girls from several schools and colleges falling under the Kakinada Group of National Cadet Corps (NCC) in camp`Best Cadet' and `flag area' competitions to be held during the campCultural extravaganza planned at camp

BHIMAVARAM: For tiny children, the longing for love and affection of their parents and the feeling of homesickness seemingly gave way to their grit and determination to take a glimpse of the occupant of the Rastrapati Bhavan and offer him a guard of honour at the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi on January 26 next.

Some 700 boys and girls from several schools and colleges falling under the Kakinada Group of National Cadet Corps (NCC) which comprises East and West Godavari and Krishna districts have been away from home and homely comforts since the commencement of the 12-day pre-Republic Day camp on June 1. Gruelling tasks like waking up early in the morning and participating in the parade in the scorching sun at the fag end of summer (Rohini karti) proved to be child's play for them.

According to Lt. Col. S.K. Sharma, Commanding Officer, NCC, West Godavari district unit, the camp is intended at identifying cadets for the Republic Day parade and Tal Sainik Camp. The `Best Cadet' and `flag area' competitions will be held during the camp.

The flag area competitions are aimed at honing the analytical and communication skills among the students, Mr Sharma added.

The camp does not mean the tedious routine alone. For the cadets who get worn out with the difficult and routine exercises, the sunset brings in a cultural extravaganza.

Cultural programmes that include folk and group dances and classical music are a feast to the cadets who get tired with the difficult and routine physical exercises.