Camp Raven marathon
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.