On the 28th of January 2010, the students of grade 5 and 4 along with their teachers took the busride from school to Deccan trails where we were to be stationed for the next 3 days for the Leadership camp. The students were all beaming with excitement. At the start of the camp, all the students were grouped at random into elephant, zebra and lion groups. This was great oppotunity for the students to make new friends.
The students did plenty of activities like the Burma bridge, Burma line and Zip lining to overcome their fears. During the snake show that was held, the students were shown different snakes and told about the poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, precautions to be taken when snakes are around. They touched a python and everyone of them was super excited to have done so. The students enjoyed the scenic beauty of the early morning sun and the surrounding forest. The students got the oppotunity to experience the wilderness of the surroundings forest where they got to pass through a cave. On the way back form the trek, some of the students also got to see a wild boar. The students connected with nature by collecting samples of various leaves, feathers, berries and pebbles - things that they usually do not find in their urban surroundings.
A ll the activities at the camp were very well organized and the students were constantly on their feet and had absolutely no time to feel bored.Students were able to assess their strengths and weaknesses while performing the various activities. Knowing their strength gave them confidence and it also helped them overcome their weakness and become fearless. All the students were risk takers. Everybody participted in every activity willingly and showed competitive spirit while performing.
The students displayed leadership qualities by learning to take initiative, being courageous, enthusiatic, confident, decision making skills, appreciate others, valid reasoning and clarity in vision.The time spent at the camp was great oppotunity for the students to socialize and put aside their differences. All together, the camp was a fantastic experience filled with fun and frolic and great learning to carry forward in their lives.