MATUNGA-MUMBAI, APRIL 15, 2014:Thirty-eight young campers boarded the train to Madhya Pradesh, along with seven energetic animators from the Bandra Terminus station on April 1, 2014. On their arrival at Meghnagar station, the Rector of Don Bosco, Jhabua, Fr. Royal Dabre sdb welcomed the group. After a quick breakfast, Fr. Dabre spoke to the group about the activities that the institute was involved in. Thereon, the campers journeyed to their next destination- Don Bosco, Alirajpur.
‘Mission As Reaching Out’ was the theme for the first day and right enough the boys had an experience of reaching out to different situations during the course of the day. The campers had a lovely one-on-one experience of basketball and football with the boarders living there. They then also made their respective commitments for the camp. The Eucharistic celebration helped to calm them down after a long day. A reflection on the day helped in recollecting moments when they reached out.
The next morning the campers travelled to Don Bosco, Chhota Udaipur, Gujarat. The campers learnt the value of cleanliness by spending some time in cleaning up the place. The group had a close encounter with the culture of the place as they visited the ‘Hat’ market, the village and the local museum. In thirty years the campers managed to draw the match against the boarders of Don Bosco Chhota Udaipur in a game of football. The Eucharist focussed on the theme of the day: ‘Mission as Understanding Culture’. The camp fire brought the day to a very joyful end.
The next day, the campers journeyed by bus to the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam and even had an opportunity to see the powerhouse of the dam. The youngsters thought of it, as an out of the way experience. They travelled to the Don Bosco, Kawant and had a dip in the pool to cool down. Returning back to the house of Chhota Udaipur they joined the boys in Ratwa revelry. After supper the campers had an opportunity to showcase their talent in a minute to fame competition.
Waking up early next morning, the campers headed for a village in Narukot. After visiting the area where a watershed project had been started they travelled to Don Bosco Narukot. After a quick tour of the place they journeyed to Baroda to visit the Carmelite Sisters and the Missionaries of Charity sisters. The group had an insightful dialogue with them. At Don Bosco Parish, Baroda, the campers interacted with the youth of the parish and then left for Don Bosco Snehalaya, a home for orphans. The campers then received their certificates and after an overall evalution of the camp they left for the station to board the train for Mumbai. Thanks to all the volunteers and campers for making this mission camp a meaningful experience.
– BIS Correspondent