Wednesday, 1 January 2014


15th - 19th December 2013 at Matha Hills, Purulia District

National Award Authority in collaboration with IMF EZC organised an Adventure Camp for the specially abled youth at Matha Hills, Purulia District (West Bengal) from 15th to 19th December 2013. Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) was setup in 1958 under the patronage of our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, in Delhi, to encourage and regulate mountaineering and allied sports in the country. Today, IMF is the appex body, appointed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, for the promotion and regulation of mountaineering and related land based adventure activities in the country. A total of 41 participants from West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha states participated in this camp. The target group was a mix of totally visually challenged, partially visually challenged, mentally challenged, orthopaedic challenged and hearing & speech impaired participants.

All the participants successfully completed their Adventurous Journey. Out of these 16 full visually challenged participants qualified their Gold Journey and the rest completed their Silver and Bronze level Adventurous Award Journey. Participants completed different camping activities like Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Rope fixing, Burma Bridge and Single Rope Bridge building, fixing Tyrolean Traverse (for River Crossing), survival training and cooking without utensils. They also participated in various Team Building Games.

On the last day the participants climbed Matha Buru Hill (665 mtrs) under the guidance of Bivujit Mukhoty, Programme Manager, Award Programme Foundation. The participants enjoyed the grand camp fire on the last evening of camp. The NAA team thanks the Institute of Climbers and Nature Lovers (ICNL) and their instructors for their spontaneous support to this camp and to the Award Programme. We also would like to thank Manik Banerjee, Chairman IMF EZC and IMF EC Member; Mrinal Chatterjee, Hon. Secretory IMF EZC; and Bidyut Sarkar, an eminent mountaineer of the country and observer IMF for their presence during the camp and their whole-hearted support. Click for pictures

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