About the Camp
The Annual Children’s Camp – Rainbow Dreams is being organized for children aged between 8 to 12 years, from 29 September to 6 October 2019, at Society House, Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry.
The duration of the camp is 8 days. The general timings of the daily activities will be from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm, with ample amount of time for rest and relaxation for the children.
Why This Camp?
The main objective of our children’s camp is to materialize the dream of a beautiful new world of tomorrow, which will be fashioned and realized by the children of today. To be able to realize the dream, children need guidance to know their own selves, to realize their true potential and learn to nurture and strengthen all that is noblest in their nature. They need support to progress integrally by developing all the qualities and faculties latent in their nature, not only to face various challenges of life but to fulfil their true mission of life by giving a concrete shape to their highest aspiration towards truth, light and beauty.
During the camp, the children will be provided a playful environment, enriched with love and care, where they will enjoy exploring their inner abilities. Through various activities, such as a visit to the Ashram farm, chanting of Sanskrit shlokas, painting and paper craft, storytelling, dance, educational games, project learning, etc., they will be able to engage their bodies, minds, emotions to the fullest and get closer towards their deeper selves.
The camp also provides children several opportunities to enj
oy learning together as a group as well as independently through individual explorations. All the sessions are designed in such a way that the participants can also learn some necessary values such as taking care of the materials and appropriate use of things, cleaning up the place after any activity, utilizing their free time in a very productive and fruitful manner by working together harmoniously, behaving considerately and in a friendly manner with all the adults and co-participants, etc.
In addition, a health awareness session is also organized to make them aware of their different body parts, and how to take care of them. There will also be a farm visit where they will learn about different plants and flowers, conscious organic farming and how to maintain the fertility of soil, and many such activities.
Other information of essential items to be brought for the camp will be mentioned in the selection letter.
Some glimpses from previous children camps.
Orientation for Parents
As the children are going to be occupied with activities throughout the day, we have also organized sessions for parents who are interested in ‘self-development and parenting’. These sessions will be held for 2 hours in the late morning, at the same venue for 5 days. There will be no extra fee charged for these sessions. The exact schedule of the sessions and timings will be given in the selection letter for those parents who opt for them. Regularity in participation, once confirmed, will be beneficial and much appreciated.
For registration, please complete the online application form. In addition, please attach a recent passport-size photograph of the participant. It is mandatory to include the complete postal address, contact number and email ID of the guardian in the application form. A separate form needs to be filled up for each participant.
Please ensure that the filled-up application form reaches us by 31 July 2019.
For SAS Centres and Branches
The branches and centres of Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS) can recommend up to four children to participate in the camp. To make the selection process seamless, we request the in-charge of these branches and centres to fill up the forms on behalf of the participants and send it to us if the participants are unable to do so.
Camp Registration Fee
To incur the minimum expenses of the camp, a concessional registration fee of Rs. 2,600/- per child has been fixed.
Once the child is selected, an email will be sent to the applicants by 5 August 2019. The payment has to be made by latest 15 August 2019.
The selection email will contain the payment details.
Cancellation by Selected Candidates
In case of any cancellation by the selected candidates, 50% of the Registration Fee will be returned if the cancellation is done before 20 September, 2019. We request the participants to inform us about their cancellation immediately, thereby allowing other applicants to participate in the camp.
Accommodation and Other Expenses
Kindly note that, the accommodation and other expenses (except food expenses for the children) have to be borne by the guardians accompanying the participants.
Here is the list of some of the Ashram Guesthouses; click on the links for the facilities and other details:
Samarpan Guesthouse Tariff details
The organizers will provide all the children’s meals (breakfast, late morning juice, lunch, evening snacks and dinner) during the entire length of the camp. For this, no extra fee will be charged. If the children are having any special food requirements due to any allergies, please mention them definitely in the application form.
However, the parents/guardians accompanying the children are requested to make their own food arrangements. Persons residing in the Ashram-related guest houses or Ashram guest houses can avail coupons that can be collected from the Bureau Central (Ashram’s main reception) on a daily basis to have their meals at the Ashram Dining Room.
Travel to the Venue
The nearest major cities to Puducherry are Chennai (160 km) and Bengaluru (315 km). More details are given at our website. Please plan your travel and book tickets so that you arrive one day in advance, that is, by the evening of 28 September 2019. Also, keep one day extra after or before the workshop to visit Auroville (or other places in Pondicherry!) with the children. You will not get time to go anywhere with the children during the camp.
For further queries and clarification, please contact us without a moment’s hesitation.
Coordinator: Rathi: M: +91 – 0787043103 / + 91 – 8610434632
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