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Bal-Balika Residential Camping Trip
London, UK
3 to 5 April 2015


On Friday 3rd April 2015, 190 balaks and balikas as well as 65 karyakars embarked on the BAPS Sunday School Residential Camping Trip to Kingswood Outdoor Activity Centre, Kent. Months of meticulous planning by the core team involved numerous site visits, parents meetings, karyakar meetings resulting in a real team effort to meet the expectations of the bal-balikas to have a truly memorable trip.

The children arrived at Kingswood with plenty of excitement. Pujya Manoharmurti Swami and Pujya Paramseva Swami welcomed the kids from centres all across London and suburbs as well as kids from Switzerland who had come for the camp. They also motivated the children to actively participate in all activities without any fear and be brave.

During the three days, the children experienced and challenged themselves with over 10 different activities. There were a range of activities to help build every child’s self-confidence, fight their fears, come out of their shells and become true leaders who could embrace any challenge. The activities included the Zipwire, Jacob’s Ladder, Wall Climbing, 3G Swing, Aero Ball, Fencing, and Nightline.

The evening sessions began with a review of the day and were followed by some excellent performances by the children and younger karyakars. The children had lots of fun and returned to their dormitories full of fun and laughter.

Every morning began with puja where karyakars would make sure that all children knew the steps and were performing it correctly. A short sabha was conducted by santos who spoke about courage in the face of adversity.

The final day was met with much sadness as the realisation that the trip was soon to end had dawned upon the children. After puja and breakfast, the children headed off to their final two activities of the 2015 Kingswood trip. The children then got an opportunity to cheer on their karyakars on a few activities.

As the trip came to an end, final group photographs were taken in front of the activities zone with everyone wearing their special Kingswood memory t-shirts. The experience, fun and laughter that everyone enjoyed made this, a trip of a lifetime, moments which will remain etched in their memories forever.

The coach did a quick stop at the beach in Dover before heading back to the mandir.
Children were taught the importance of samp and also daily rituals such as puja, arti, thal and chesta too. The trip was an enjoyable one – and a terrific success for all involved.



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