Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Sweden Gurmat Camp (June 2005)

In June a Sikh Naujawan Camp was held in Stockholm, Sweden. The camp was held from Thursday 16th June to Sunday 19th June. We were invited by the Sikh Naujawan from Stockholm to come to Sweden and hold a four day Gurmat Camp. Bhenji Navleen Kaur, Bhenji Sharonjit Kaur and I went in December 2004 when the first Sikh Naujawan camp was held. This year Bhenji Sharonjeet Kaur couldn't make it.

Fifteen youngsters, from 12 years old to 22 years old, participated in the camp. The camp involved a series of workshops on Gurbaani, Sikh Principals, Sikh Rehat Maryada and Gurmat issues. One day all the youngsters and elder members of the Sangat went on a trip to the seaside and enjoyed canoing.

Nirlep Kaur, her brother Onkar Singh, and Nidhi Kaur Bhenji (from Denmark)

Aunty jis watched, and had chaa-paani ready for when finished canoing.

Jagjit Singh Uncle ji heading the canoe. Uncle ji chased our canoe and got us wet!

Virpal Singh and Gagan Bhenji drenching wet after they capsized!

The campers were divided into two groups. The younger children explored Gurmat through fun activities and a drama play.

The younger group worked on a drama on Pakhandi Babe (fake holy men).

The elder youngsters explored Gurbaani and Gurmat at a deeper level. In the Gurbaani workshops the youngsters analyzed the Sidh Ghost, and shabads from different Raags. Also the youngsters were able to discuss social issues, Swedish culture and how this effects their Sikh identity and faith.

Daas explaining how to take Hukamnaama.

During the four day camp all campers were taught how to prepare, cook and according to Sikh Rehat Maryada serve Karhah Parshaad, as well how to do perform Guru Ji’s sewa – such as Parkaash, Sukhaasan and taking a Hukamnama.

Bhenji Navleen Kaur going through Gurbaani workshop with campers

On the final day of the camp the new Sikh cartoon film “Sahibzaadey” was shown to all the Gurdwara Sangat. The hands on sewa and exploring Sikhi through techniques and medians, which appeal to the youth proved to be successful.

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