THE VHP Australia Qld Chapter and the HSS Australia Qld Chapter have been jointly conducting the Hindu Heritage Camp for Children annually since 2010. Over the years, on average, 45 children attend the Camp every year. Every year we are encouraged by some new attendees, however a large number are repeat attendees who keenly look forward to the Camp.
The objective of the Camp is to impart Hindu cultural values to young children from the age of 4 to 15 years. All the activities conducted during the day are geared towards providing a conducive environment for the children to learn and enhance collaboration and friendship.
Every year a different theme (topic) is selected for detailed learning, for example, Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman, Dasha Avtara, Shakti and Hindu Rituals and Practices. This year a unique topic was selected, “Mathru Devo Bhava Pithru Devo Bhava” and the “Hindu family system”.
This year, the Camp was held on 30 April 2017, from 9am to 5pm at the Sunnybank State High School. 40 children attended the Camp.
Based on age, attendees were separated into three groups / streams. This is to ensure activities are customised and are relevant to their respective age groups.
Learning activities during the day included:
* Narrating related stories from the scriptures and understanding the moral behind it. For example, stories of Shravan, Dhruv and Ganesha;
* Watching short videos that provide moral messages;
* Learning Subhashit (good speech / wise sayings);
* Conducting group discussion on various topics, for example:
– How to balance between rights and responsibilities;
– Why have does and don’ts?
– Why do cultural norms exist?
– Healthy eating habits – Dr Balaji and Dr Ganeshanandan kindly provided guidance;
– How to overcome peer pressure; and
– How to respect and behave responsibly with friends and family.
* Colouring, art and craft; and
* Reciting shlokas and understanding their meaning.
It was not all classwork. To lighten things up outdoor activities were also held, for example:
* Yoga – Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) and asanas;
* Traditional games – Kho, Sher Bakri, Rama Raja Ravana, Gandhiji Netaji Doctorji, Brahma Vishnu Mahesh; and
* Treasure Hunt – look for clues that lead to answers and ultimately rewards.
All participants were fully engaged in the activities conducted to the extent that each Group was able to make a five minute presentation on what they learnt at the closing session. The closing ceremony was graced by Swami Atmeshanandaji of the Vedanta Centre of Sydney – Brisbane Chapter who encouraged the Children by handing them the Certificates of Participation and also provided some words of wisdom on how knowledge learnt should be retained and practiced in daily life.
BSK conducts regular classes for children between the ages of 4 to 15 years on Sundays (during school term). During the classes the children are taught values from the Hindu scriptures, shlokas, Sanskrit and children also learn their mother tongue. Children are also trained in team work and leadership qualities. For more details about BSK contact Krrishna 0411776509 or Hari on 0411 137 396 or https://www.facebook.com/VHPAustraliaQLD
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HSS conducts regular shakhas for youths and adults, contact HSS on:
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