The summer camp at Don Bosco, Mysore for the children of the neighborhood began on April 5, 2010. Br. Roshan, the camp chief, under the guidance of Fr. Xavier, the Rector, organized the Camp for eighteen days. We had the solemn inauguration of the camp on April 5 in the presence of Fr. Xavier, Fr. Uday and the members of the community. Altogether 180 children had enrolled for the camp.
The different programs wherein the children could exhibit their talents & enthusiasm were meticulously planned & the children responded well with their lively performance. As per the schedule we had competitions like singing, dancing, rangoli, fancy dress, treasure hunt, indoor & outdoor games, movies & a mega GK quiz. Above everything else our main focus was to help the children of the locality to improve their communication skills, especially with regard to the speaking of English. Besides these we also helped out the youth especially those who finished their SSLC and PUC by providing them career guidance and enabling them to make the proper choices with regard to their studies. We also had a few classes on leadership and good manners taken by the Brothers. In order to evaluate their assimilation of the various subjects taught, an examination was conducted and the children who performed well were given prizes.
We had the solemn valedictory function on April 21 which was graced by the presence of Fr. Thomas Poovelickal, Mr. Maxim (a benefactor and friend), the boys of Bosco Vikas and the staff. The guests were solemnly welcomed by the Bosco Band of Bangalore. The speeches and the mesmerizing and exciting performance of the children added colour for the same. In order to give a fitting conclusion, we took our children for an outing to Balmuri falls and the bird sanctuary at Ranganthittu. They had a lot of fun swimming in the waters of Cauvery and taking a boat ride in the Bird sanctuary. This was the first time for most of them to move out of Mysore and they enjoyed it to the full. The children were sad that the camp was short. Yet they were happy, for they had learnt something useful for their lives.
Bro Roshan D’sa