Wednesday 10 October 2018

ITAP Workshop amongst the Pine Hills of Solan

It was a wonderful experience to attend this 2 days ITAP workshop amidst the Pine Hills in Solan. It was filled with informative sessions. - Dina Nath, Camp in Charge, NALS Manali

It was one of the best Learning experiences! The purpose of the programme was achieved with expertise and precision. It has inculcated a positive highlight for proper planning and execution of handling the youth attending the Award Programme, with security and safety parameters in mind. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the event. And I want to thank IAYP for including me in the programme. - Sapan Pradhan, Director, Tread Trails Rejse Pvt Ltd.

The training was very helpful. It helped me to understand policies, procedures of IAYP and most importantly, the responsibility we have towards young adults. I wish we could have more workshops similar to this in future, and also anyone who is working with young adults in the wilderness should attend this training. - Jayant Solanki, INME

I got more than what I expected from the ITAP workshop at Pine Hills Eco Camp. The IAYP Team had all that we needed, it was well organised and informative. A must attend, for all who are involved in IAYP! - Jehangir Chinoy, Worldview Education Services Ltd.

A Report by Pallavi Gill

Amidst the cool hills of Solan, Himachal Pradesh, nestles the Pine Hill Eco Camp, the site for the ITAP Workshop. On the 4th of October, the camp was swarming with Award Leaders and Trainers from all corners of India to attend the Training. The Training saw Award Leaders from Renok Adventures, Allrounder, Rocksport, Inme Pvt. Ltd, Navrachana International School, Harvest International School, Oberoi International School, Symbiosis International School, Adventure Mantra Pvt Ltd, Worldview Education Services Pvt. Ltd., Pugmarks Eco Tours Pvt. Ltd., TREAD TRAILS REJSE Pvt Ltd., Homerton Grammar School, NALS Outdoors India Pvt Ltd., and Pine Hills Eco Camp, Chewa. After their long journeys by multiple modes of transport to the silent pine hills, the Award Leaders ate a hearty dinner and tucked themselves to sleep, gathering their strength for the Training that was to begin the next day.

The Training on 5th and 6th began early, with fun-filled warm-up exercises and escapades on the Rope Course, comprising knot bridge, commando net, Burma bridge, single rope bridge and many more. Post breakfast, the Award Leaders were trained on the Adventurous Journey and its requirements in the Award. From tent pitching, cooking, leadership training, safety measures and various action-oriented activities, the parameters of the Award was imparted to the Award Leaders. The Award Leaders were also briefed on the Residential Project, Risk Management and the procedures for filling in the Record Books.

The two-day training ended with huge smiles, wonderful memories and immense knowledge of the Award. The way back home was a little heavier, with fond memories and mostly, the aspiration and ambition to help provide the young people across India and the globe to experience and achieve the Award.

IAYP would like to thank the team at Pine Hill Eco Camp for their huge support and hospitality during the Training. We would also like to thank the Award Leaders who, with their vast creative insights, made the Training a success!

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