India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI -

The best way to keep your techsavvy kids away from gad­gets, iphones and lap­tops dur­ing the va­ca­tions is to gen­tly nudge them away from the couch and en­roll them for one of these green camps held in the lap of na­ture. Let them ex­plore the out­doors so that they come back more in touch with their en­vi­ron­men­tal side. Na­ture Club’s idea of a per­fect sum­mer art work­shop in­cludes tak­ing chil­dren to Sa­putara ( Gu­jarat’s only hill sta-

tion) for five days and in­tro­duc­ing them to some in­ter­est­ing crafts of the re­gion that in­clude bam­boo craft, pa­per col­lage, clay mod­el­ling and some more ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­i­ties like rap­pelling, river cross­ing and boul­der­ing ( a style of rock climb­ing un­der­taken with­out a rope).

An­other Vado­dara based or­gan­i­sa­tion, Green Out­doors has de­signed a camp for kids called Saa­has. This unique four hour ad­ven­ture sum­mer camp is con­ducted ei­ther in a school or a re­gion away from the city. De­signed by Rakesh Singh Rawat, it spans for a week and is aimed at build­ing the child’s self­con­fi­dence. HIGH­LIGHTS The camps help de­velop your child’s con­fi­dence and in­cul­cate team build­ing skills. They also make chil­dren aware of na­ture and wildlife which they can ob­serve at close quar­ters COST Sa­putara camp: Rs 2,200; Hi­malayan Camp: Rs 9,000; Saa­has camp: Rs 4,000 to Rs 6,000 WHERE Na­ture Club: 81, Sar­jan So­ci­ety, Su­rat; Green Out­doors: Ra­jdeep Com­plex, Sussen Tarsali Road, Vado­dara TEL Na­ture Club: 09825057678; Green Out­doors: 09099910807


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