The Nagpur branch of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari had organized a residential Personality Development Camp from 24th to 27th April, 2016 at Ravindra Nagar Sabhagruha. 81 children from the age group of 10 years to 16 years participated in the camp. The theme of the camp was “Atulya Bharat” – Incredible India.
The inaugural session started at 10.30 am on 24th April with prayer. Shri Vaibhav Joshi , Shibir Pramukh, in his inaugural speech motivated the children and congratulated them for choosing to attend the camp. He also told them the schedule and activities they will be performing during the 4 days. Ma. Gauritai Kher, Nagpur Nagar Pramukh, told stories to the children and also told them how this camp will help them to develop their personality and to become good and responsible future citizens. The children were divided into six groups. The groups were named after the famous personalities from the fields of science and spirituality – Shriramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda, Bhagini Nivedita, APJ Abdul Kalam, Vikram Sarabhai and Jayanta Naralikar. One more group named Ma Sharada group was formed separately for 30 organizing team karyakartas. Every evening from 5 to 6 pm lectures and activities were organized for this group.
The topic for the first day was ‘Self Confidence’. Kum. Shivani Dani, Director of Money Bee company, Nagpur delivered a lecture on Sw. Vivekananda and self confidence which was followed by a group discussion session. Ways to overcome fear and how to develop self confidence were discussed. Sau Gauri Deshpande concluded the session.
The Topic for the second day was ‘Discipline’. Shri Chintan Magia explained the importance of discipline in simple interactive and effective way. Shri Lakheshwar Chandravanshi conducted the group discussion session after the lecture.
‘Bravery’ was the topic for the third day. Col. Sunil Deshpande, Director of Prahar School, motivated the children by his own war experiences. The lecture was followed by Question Answer session. Small stories of bravery were given to each group. Every group had to perform a skit based on the story.
On the concluding day i.e. 27th April, Ma. Vishwasji Lapalkar, Maharashtra and Goa Pranta Sangathak, delivered a lecture on ‘Renunciation and Service’. The lecture was followed by Question Answer session.
The main attraction of the camp was ‘Prerana se Punarutthan’ – a session after dinner – in which the theme ‘Atulya Bharat’ was highlighted through small skits and songs. A group of young karyakartas (age between 12 to 16 years) who regularly conduct the Samskar vargas, presented the theme in three parts of 30 mins. every day.
In the creative session, envelop making and one stroke painting was taught. Dr. Hemant Wagh told the importance of conserving the environment. He conducted a workshop named ‘Fruit Basket’. He told how to collect seeds of different fruits and how the seeds will be helpful in saving mother Earth. Many seeds of different fruits were shown to the children and their role was explained very well. The children actively participated in this workshop.
The concluding programme was conducted by the participants Vedant Lande and Shreya Dabe. All the parents were invited for the programme. The participants demonstrated Surya namaskars, group songs, small skits etc. Ma. Vishwasji Lapalkar, the main speaker was introduced by Shri vipin Vaidya, Saha Shibir pramukh. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Vilasji Deshpande, Nagar Sahasanchalak. Sthanik Karyakartas worked hard to make the camp successful.