Camp Raven marathon

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Ev­ery win­ter, stu­dents aged be­tween 10- 18 spend a fan­tas­tic month learn­ing to paint, dance, and act, and brush­ing up on their sport­ing skills. Camp Raven was ini­ti­ated in 2012 upon the Royal Com­mand of His Majesty The King, to al­low the chil­dren of armed force per­son­nel spend their hol­i­days pro­duc­tively. Since then, the an­nual win­ter camp, held at three lo­ca­tions in Thim­phu, sees close to 600 par­tic­i­pants.

Out of many ac­tiv­i­ties ini­ti­ated, marathon race for the youths were or­ga­nized. The dis­tance of boys was 10 km was cov­ered and for girls the dis­tance was seven km long. The marathon race was started from Dechench­hol­ing and ended in Changlingmithang

Tandin Wangmo, 15 who was the win­ner of the race said that she was very happy as she could ful­fill her ex­pec­ta­tion. “I have ex­pected I will win for this year’s raven camp marathon”, said Tandin.

An­other par­tic­i­pant Dechen Wangmo, 17 who stood the se­cond po­si­tion in the marathon race said that she didn’t ex­pect that she will won se­cond po­si­tion for this race. “I am very happy that I have won se­cond po­si­tion, so I am ex­pect­ing that next year also I will do my best”, said Dechen proudly.

An of­fi­cial from po­lice per­son­nel re­minded the par­tic­i­pants with the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and to have civic sense. An­other of­fi­cial fur­ther re­minded them that the par­tic­i­pants of the camp are very dif­fer­ent from other youths.

“If you find any plas­tic bot­tles, pa­pers and other waste which pol­lute our en­vi­ron­ment, so you should be re­spon­si­ble to col­lect and dumped it to the proper place,” said an of­fi­cial from the po­lice per­son­nel.

Dechen Dorji 18 said that it is a gifted from His Majesty the King to the chil­dren of arm forces. This camp raven is mainly to use our va­ca­tion with pro­duc­tively. This marathon was mainly to keep our body healthy and not to in­dulged in other bad ac­tiv­i­ties.

An­other par­tic­i­pant Pas­sang Tsh­er­ing said that we are very lucky to have this op­por­tu­nity from His Majesty the King and the Gyalt­suen. He added that be­fore this ini­tia­tive, most of the youths they are in­dulge in other bad ac­tiv­i­ties and now with this ini­tia­tive, we could spend our time pro­duc­tively.

Mean­while, a win­ner of the marathon will take away home with Sam­sung smart phone with Nike shoes and track pants, the run­ners up will get Nike shoes and track pant and the se­cond run­ners up will re­ceive Nike shoes.

While, from fourth till 10th po­si­tion will re­ceives prizes and all top 15 will re­ceives cer­tifi­cates. The prizes will be dis­trib­uted dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony on 15th Jan­uary, 2016.

Mean­while, a to­tal of 590 youths par­tic­i­pated the camp. This in­cludes 227 youth from Royal Bhutan Army (RBA), 196 youths from Royal Body Guard (RBG) and 167 youths from Royal Bhutan Po­lice (RBP). The marathon was or­ga­nized last Fri­day.

Camp Raven is a re­sult of His Majesty’s en­dur­ing con­cern for the well­be­ing and education of Bhutanese chil­dren. A win­ter Camp for girls in Gyalpoiz­ing, with close to 700 par­tic­i­pants, and a lead­er­ship camp for scouts in Ten­chol­ing, which are cur­rently un­der­way, are among the sev­eral camps for chil­dren ini­ti­ated upon Royal Com­mand, where stu­dents can learn im­por­tant skills and gain knowl­edge to help them in their fu­ture.

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