Step out in the sun, have an adventure
From nature trails to pottery, rappelling to hiking, organisers are going all out to conduct unique workshops for children
If you want your children to experience the summer instead of whiling away time in front of a computer this vacation, send them on an adventure trip.
Several organisers in the city are conducting summer camps. Vashi- based Dhamaal Kids is organising its annual summer camp at Igatpuri which has many adventure activities on the cards.
For beginners - children in the age group of six to 14 yearsactivities include nature trails, pottery, and landscape painting among other activities.
The camps will be held in four batches which begin from April 19 to May 11. For children between eight to 16 years, activities such as rappelling and hiking are scheduled from April 24 to 27.
“On the first day, we will have light indoor activities and on the remaining two days, we will have thrilling activities such as rappelling and hiking among others,” said Archana Kshemkalyani, founder of Dhamaal Kids.
A series of camps by Thanebased Trailblazers is a must for you if you are looking for an adrenaline rush. Three camps have been organised at Karnala, Uttarakhand and Dehradun for different age groups.
The first camp, Footloose, from May 7 to 10 is for children in the age group of eight to 12 years. The other two camps, Pathfinder and Voyage, is for children between the ages 12 and 18. Pathfinder will be held from May 22 to May 27 and Voyage is scheduled from May 22 to May 29.
“Our camp for the first-timers will help children learn to be innovative and creative. The second camp is where the children will go for water rafting, trekking and bird watching in the lap of Himalayas. And in the third camp, there will be more of rope courses, trekking and outdoor survival skills,” said Sachin Sata, programme coordinator.
In Belapur, Life Away from Life is organising five batches of children’s adventure camps for age groups of eight to 14 years from April 24 to May 25 at Kamshet, 20km from Lonavala.
“This is a nature awareness camp through which we intend to take the children closer to nature. We will engage the children in various activities such as kayaking, river crossing, burma bridge and zip line,” said Prateek Deo, mountaineer and organiser of the camp.
Young Men’s Christian Association ( YMCA) is also organising two outdoor camps from May 9 to 13 and May 17 to 21. The two lakeside adventure camps will be held at Nilshi for children in the age group of eight to 14 years. “We will take participants to a beauti- ful lakeside spot at Nilshi near Pune. The five- day camp will have adventure activities such as archery, rock climbing, rifle shooting and more,” said Leo Sallins, general secretary of YMCA, Belapur.
However, if you do not want to go outdoors and still have an adventurous experience, enroll for the one-day stargazing camp at Wonders Park in Nerul happening on April 16 by Vashibased UK Kids.
“Many children do not want to go out of town. Hence, we are organising the event in the city. The event is for children between six to 14 years and is complimentary for one of the parents,” said Nazia Sayyeed, organiser of the event.