Between Saturday 26 August and Monday 28 August 2006, the UK National Bal-Balika Shibir took place at Warwick Conference Park. A total of 250 balaks and balikas aged between 10 and 15 years attended. Titled BAPS Ek Parivar – The Power of One, the shibir introduced the children and teenagers to the values of Niyam, Nishchay and Paksh.
The shibir was presented in a novel way as each theatre session was in the form of a courtroom case. All the bal-balikas were sent individual letters requesting them to attend 'jury service'. The trial of Chandu, a balak charged with breaking his niyam, faltering in his nishchay and not keeping paksh lasted three days, with the jury asked to give a verdict at the end. Sadhus and guest speakers were brought up as witnesses and video presentations were shown as evidence. The karyakars had gone to great pains to recreate the atmosphere of a real courtroom.
Supplementing the theatre sessions were a series of classroom sessions led by karyakars. The classes covered the importance of niyams, overcoming difficulties in observing niyams, understanding our upasana, and keeping paksh. Team-building games that brought out the values of unity and paksh were played during the sports sessions, which all the bal-balikas thoroughly enjoyed.
All bal-balikas were also given a memento to remind them of the shibir to keep the values of Niyam, Nishchay and Paksh firmly embedded in their lives