The UK Kishore-Kishori Mandal organised special winter camps during December 2018 at BAPS Swaminarayan mandirs in London and Leicester.
As part of the ongoing Vachanamrut Bicentenary Celebrations, the camps were titled ‘Eternal Ink’, which provided an opportunity for delegates to explore the scripture in greater detail and enhance their connection with the Satpurush – the living embodiment of the Vachanamrut.
Participants had provided feedback on contemporary issues affecting their day-to-day lives via a survey prior to the event. Their responses formed the basis of the specific subjects covered during the camps, which included academic pressures, faith versus logic, and finding one’s identity.
The subjects were covered through a variety of presentations, group discussions and thought-provoking guidance from senior volunteers and swamis. These sessions offered practical solutions by drawing upon the teachings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the Vachanamrut.
Various recreational activities provided a forum to reflect upon the learning and develop stronger relationships with fellow youths. Ice skating, trampolining and a cooking competition showcased hidden talent amongst the delegates and fostered unity.
The camps proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful experience. One delegate from Leicester wrote: “This camp helped me to understand the techniques to make positive changes in my life and has given me the confidence to find a solution to whatever problems I may face. Thank you to everyone who organised this fabulous event.”