Chinmaya Mission Chicago, Yamunotri Vedic Heritage Youth Camps 2012

YAMUNOTRI CAMP – June 18-24, 2012 Theme: Mahabharata stories, Values from Srimad Bhagavad Geeta and Gratitude is the Attitude

BADRI CAMP- July 16-22, 2012 Theme: Mahabharata stories, Values from Srimad Bhagavad Geeta and “Serve, Love, Know”

For the past 30 years, Chinmaya Mission Chicago has been conducting Vedic Heritage Youth camps for the benefit of children in grade KG through High School. Each weeklong camp focuses on Value-based learning while having age appropriate fun throughout the day.

This year, the camps were held from June 18-24 at Yamunotri center in Grayslake, IL and from July 16-22 at Badri center in Willow brook, IL. Both camps concluded with everyone feeling inspired to live a noble value-based life with a higher purpose.

During a typical day, children learnt values through stories, games and interactive classes in the morning, participated in sports and games, made theme related crafts and learnt bhajans and stotrams in the afternoon. The vegetarian snacks/juice and meals were lovingly made and served by volunteers throughout the day.
Under the guidance of Swami Sharananada, acharyas (teachers) from local centers and other Mission centers in the US came for the week specially to teach the camp material. This year’s theme was Stories from Mahabharata and Values from Srimad Bhagavad Geeta. High School youth had separate special material and interactive classes.

Each day brought something new- Wednesday was puja day (significance and method of puja), Friday was extempore speech day for youth 8th grade-High School, Saturday was Fun Fair Day, Sunday was when all children presented a cultural program based on camp learning to all parents and grandparents.

Many out of town children participated, attended and were hosted by local families at no additional cost. The nominal $200/week fee included all meals, materials and optional one-hour pre and post camp care.
Please look for summer 2013 Vedic Heritage Youth camp dates and weekly Saturday and Sunday Bala Vihar and Adult Study group activities on our web site. and

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