Wednesday 11 March 2015

Special Project Adventurous Journey Camp at Susunia Hills

Rupanjan Goswami, Award Leader, Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys Academy, Narendrapur shared a report on Special Project Adventurous Journey from 16th - 21st February 2015

A group comprising 31 visually challenged students of R.K.M. Blind Boys' Academy, Narendrapur, including IAYP awardees, took part in an Adventurous Journey held on 16th to 20th February 2015, at Susunia Hills in Bankura, West Bengal. The team left Kolkata by train on 16th February for Susunia and joined the camp inside the Koley Bungalow campus at the foot of the Susunia hills with other students from different organizations. A number of colourful tents were erected for the participants. The camp activities started after a brief inaugural ceremony under the guidance of camp commandant Amitava Datta (ICNL). The campers took part in different types of activities during the four days. The instructors of ICNL took theoretical and practical classes on Mountain ethics, Camp manners, Mountain Hazards and its solutions, Rock climbing, Rappelling, Chimney climbing, Shelter making, Survival, River crossing, Knot making and use of different mountain gear and equipment. The students attended the theoretical as well as practical classes with their indomitable curiosity. They joined in different interactions with the ICNL instructors and their sighted counterparts.

Under the able guidance of ICNL instructors, the boys completed all the practical sessions successfully. They took part in a jungle trek to reach Shilalipi (a sermon of emperor Ashoka inscribed on a stone in the Pali language). The trek was very enjoyable for all. Mr. Bivujit Mukhoty, Prog. Manager IAYP took an enriching class on nature study and camping in the vicinity of Shilalipi.

A gala camp-fire was organized on 19th February evening. The campers entertaned the audience with a cultural performance. The camp-fire ended with a grand feast. The team returned to Kolkata early morning on 21st February 2015.

Being an Award Leader I have noticed that this Adventurous Journey incorporated so many Life Skills into our visually challenged Awardees. During these days participants enhanced their self-reliance, self-confidence, leadership skills, and working ability as part of a team. They gained the appropriate knowledge and skills to make an Adventurous Journey successful and improved their investigating, reviewing, planning and presentational skills.

I convey my heartfelt thanks to IAYP -- INDIA and ICNL instructors for their path-finding efforts to empower our visually challenged participants for their future life.

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