On the Saturday, the campers were divided into three groups: 5-10 years old, 11-14 years old, and 15 years old and above (parents and adults). In the morning there was group work, discussions and a talk. The younger children also watched a film. Then there was langar. It was great to see all the children sit on the floor and first do simran and then eat Langar. After lunch there were two classes. The younger children also got opportunity to learn how to tie dastaars. As usual, all the children loved to have a dastaar tied on their head and even one aunty jee asked to have one tied on her. Really Chardikalaa!
Here's a few photos:
Bhaji Harbir Singh jee (Southall) taking the youngest group and talking about the Sahibzaadey's jeevan and sacrifice.
5-10 years old group discussing and writing down ideas about Sahibzaadey and the basics of Gurmat.
5-10 years old children presenting their work to the others.
Bhaji Gurpreet Singh (Woolwich) and Bhaji Harbir Singh taking the 11-14 years old group and discussing Seva, Simran and Naam.
15 years + men's group discussing about Panj Chor and how they can affect us and the possible solutions.
Ladies group discussing about the challenges that may arise when trying to implement the basic principles of Naam Japnaa, Vand Chhaknaa and Kirat Karni in our everyday practical lives and the solutions.
15 years+ girl's group discussing how we can implement the basic principles of Gurmat in our daily lives and the benefits to the individual, the family and society.
Younger children watching the film "Sahibzaadey".
In the evening diwaan, after Rehraas the Sangat did Simran together followed by Ardaas and Hukamnama. After langar there was a Keertan Darbaar with Akhand Keertan (continuous Keertan) till 10.30pm. Dhan Guru Nanak! Amazing day and I was very fortunate of being able to have darshan (able to meet) so many inspiring souls - young and old.
On the Sunday, the camp started at 9am, after the morning breakfast of pakoray, samosay, jaleebee's and gulaab jamon. There was a talk on Gursikhi Jeevan (the life of a Gursikh) followed by Q&A. Afterwards there was a Dastaar tying session where boys, girls and their parents (including aunty jees) had Dastaars tied on them. It was very inspiring to see the courage of the sisters, in particular the parents of the campers, who took the step to try out wearing a dastaar and walking into the main diwaan with their crown. The young children and everyone radiated the Khalsa's glory and the beauty of the Guru's image.
Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teri Sikhi!