Sangh Shiksha Varg 2012 (August 2012)

Sangh Shiksha Varg 2012 (volunteer tranining camp) was once again a tremendous success - with about 60 participants living, thinking, playing, eating and breathing together for a week. This year we were fortunate to have a few Bhutani Hindu brethern from London, ON and Windsor participate in the camp. Although it was their first experince, they took away with them classic training to organize and conduct shakha in their local areas and bring to their community the pride and respect of being an Hindu.

Introduction to spoken Sanskrit, Role of Sangh work in Canada, Importance of Sewa, What it means to be a Hindu were some of the workshop topics this year. It was not all without fun: Campfire, a walk in the trails, treaure hunt, an evening of variety entertainment were extensively popular with everybody.

Many thanks to a variety of volunteers and donors who made the camp successful. No words can express the tireless efforts put in by the pracharaks and shikshaks in bringing the camp to life in a very organized and disciplined manner.

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Here is one camper, Kshitij, in his own words:

This was my first year at the SSV camp and it was an unforgettable experience – 8 days of fun, camaraderie and learning. During the camp, I learned many valuable skills including: conducting a shakha, samatas, vaymyogs, yogas, and dand. We played lots of games and participated in activities that involved not only plenty of physical exercise but also taught us discipline, teamwork and leadership skills. We also participated in Ghosh, which was like a band session.

Each of us selected an instrument and over the course of the week, learned different patterns of music. Another exciting session during the camp was Katha, where we were told the stories of Krishna, Chanakya, Doctorji and more. During Bauddhik and Charcha, we would learn about and discuss topics such as the Sangh Prarthana, Qualities of a Swayamsevak/Sevika and the History of Sangh. I learned a lot about Hindu dharma and how I can apply in my everyday life.

The camp was a blast and I can’t wait to go back next year!