AYUDH (Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara), conducted a 3-day Residential National Youth Camp Samarpan 2019 in the foothills of Himalayas, Sidhbari, from Aug 9th to 11th.
The camp was attended by around 70+ students from the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, and Himachal, as well as from Afghanistan. The theme of the camp was “Rise & Shine” and focused on inner personal growth, team building activities, building self-confidence, leadership programs, Indian culture, and values rising beyond limitations.
The camp was inaugurated by the Resident Acharyaji from the Chinmaya Mission, Tapovan, who shared his wisdom with the students during an interactive session, talking about Sanatana Dharma in student life.
Students learned Amma’s Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique (IAM) – a unique blend of yogic exercises and meditation, designed to improve concentration and reduce stress and anxiety.
Realizing the importance of self-defense, a martial arts workshop was conducted by Dr. Sujit, a 3rd Degree International Black Belt, and the Principal of Shahid Vikram Batra Degree College in Palampur.
The camp featured many social activities, including tree planting, seed ball sowing, and a silent nature walk – walking with awareness in every step, and connecting to their inner core. The students also pledged to sow more seed balls in the future.
Inspired by the Swachh Bharat Campaign, students held a cleanliness drive at the Kangra bus stand and conducted a rally on the importance of keeping the surroundings clean by shouting slogans like ‘Swachh Bharat, Swastha Bharat’ and ‘Hum sab ka hai ek hi naara, swastha rahe Bharat hamara (We all have the same slogan, ‘May India remain healthy’)’.
The camp also had inspiring talks by SP Dharamshala, DSP Dharamshala Jail. They stressed the importance of being focussed in life, developing leadership skills, following Dharma and being fearless.
The AYUDH group launched a new initiative, “1008 – Life free from Cellphones”. Under this initiative, many students pledged not to use their cellphones from 10 pm to 8 am every day.