Lessons in teamwork and leadership well learned. Both our kids and volunteers were looking forward to another eventful yet educative day. The art of living session by Ms Sudha saw our kids as enthusiastic as on day1. Many of them in fact vowed to make time for yoga as a part of their daily routine.
Post breakfast saw all us inspired to do more in life, to do that something which will make a difference. Mr Joby Mathew, an orthopedically challenged arm wrestler lacks two legs, yet he won the gold medal at the 29th world arm wrestling championship. A motivational session by him, made many an eye moist upon hearing how he overcame obstacles to do big in life. Narratives on how he had to jump in through the window to get inside bus and swim six rivers to go to school made must of us feel ashamed about under using our potential.
The theatre workshop by Ms Radhika and Mr Anilraj focused on building trust and getting to know each other. The game where kids where made to pass the ball by calling out the name of another person made sure that they knew each other well. Building of trust was taught by two innovative games. In one of the games, kids divided into groups were made to stand in circles. One of them was asked to drop himself into the centre relying on the rest of them to support him. Though initially apprehensive, the kids dropped freely as the game progressed. The other game involved forming a huge circle. Two kids were designated Director and asst Director. A few kids were blind folded in the centre of the circle. They had to use the directions given by the director time and again and form a circle withing circle. Talk about trust!!
Career guidance session by eminent educationist and retd IAS officer Alphonse Kannamthanam proved to be an a informative one for the older ones. They sat engrossed and sometimes overwhelmed at the choices they had ahead of them in life. The younger were busy making the cards for the donors.
A Consolidation and Reflection session by Commodore Vishwanathan had kids coming up and telling us what they learned and what they would definitely take back at the end of the camp. Most satisfying part of the day indeed. Kids were all high listening to Commodore talk about rough seas, high tides and the exciting life Indian navy offers
The closing ceremony had eminent guests, donors and patrons visiting us.
MAD’s Got Talent a 300 point competition between the 4 teams saw some of the best talents over. In this 7 minute game, every member of the team had to show some talent on the stage for 6 minutes and the team on the whole had to do an impromptu group dance at the 7th minute. Somersaults, radio jockeys, bodybuilding shows. Our kids are the best.
Two real good days of fun, learning and experience for both our kids and us… :)