Who knows what our Scouts/Guides and Explorers will become in adulthood, but through Scouting we hope to give them the courage and the ability to find out and dream big. Through Scouting they learn new skills, work as a team and overcome fears. We help to teach them that making a decision is never the difficult bit - it's learning to live with the consequences. In a world full of negatives, Scouting is POSITIVE. Through scouting we are on a mission to build character of our children, foster citizenship and promote peace & brotherhood across the Globe.
J&K State Bharat Scouts and Guides, District Budgam organized 1st District Level Dream Camp 2019 from 25th to 28th July 2019 at Gulmarg. Building on the theme of “Draw your Dream through Friendship”, 252 Scouts/Guides/Rovers/Rangers/Scout Masters/Guide Captains and supporting staff from 16 units/schools from district Budgam, Baramulla & Pulwama took part and attended the proceedings. This was the first ever Dream camp of any district chapter of the J&K State Bharat Scouts and Guides Association. The camp was organized under the active advice and guidance of the State Headquarters, Srinagar. The preparation for the camp was set rolling some 30 days before and an advance party was sent to Gulmarg (Campsite) on 22nd July, 2019 to start working on camp logistics and other physical infrastructure necessary for the camp. The camp was inaugurated on 25th July, 2019 by Mr. G. M Peer (Assistant State Training Commissioner/District Training Commissioner Baramulla and Mr. G. N Shagoo (District Secretary, Baramulla).
On 25th July, 2019 and after having been declared open the camp activities were taken up. The very first activity on Agenda was Introduction of Scouting. Though the first day was rainy but the scout spirit running in the blood of the participants made sure that the proceedings are conducted efficiently and in a disciplined manner. Later on a session on Revive of Kashmiri Art & Culture was conducted, followed by a soulful campfire which saw Mr. M. Maqbool (Manager, tent Colony Gulmarg) as the Chief Guest.
On 26th July, 2019, the second day, started at 4.00 am with B.P six exercises, followed by session on current challenges faced by youth and various opportunities. The response from participants was very good with some innovative suggestions. After that the participants were taken to museum of HAWS (High Altitude welfare School) were the participants were offered light refreshment by the Authorities of HAWS. As the day was warm, weather was pleasant a trekking activity was taken up around our campsite. The participants enjoyed every bit of the day and during the trekking they did cleanliness drive also. Later on various competitions were organized which included Drawing, Painting, Essay Writing (Theme: Sustainable Development Goals), Cultural Competition, and Campfire Competition, as laid down in the camp activities agenda. On that day we also had session on various initiatives of WOSM and WAGGGS. Also various fun and sports activities were organized in which the response of our participants was appreciable. At the end of the day a campfire competition was organized and we had Chief Mr. Abdul Lateef Rather (District Secretary, Budgam) as Chief Guest for the event.
On 27th July, 2019 again it was cloudy and rainy. On that day sessions were conducted on First Aid, Patrol system and Scouting. The day was unique because all the major activities/programmes were conducted by Troop leaders from early morning to late afternoon. Their leadership qualities were highly visible in all the activities. On that day, the worthy State Chief Commissioner as paid a visit to the camp and blessed the participants. After lunch a colorful closing ceremony was organized and Mr. Farooq Ahmed Shah Sb. (Retd. IAS) (Vice President, J&K State Bharat Scouts and Guides) was the chief Guest and Mr. N. A. Khan Sb. (State Chief Commissioner) was Guest of Honour. Among others who attended included CEO, Gulmarg Development Authority. Worthy Chief Guest in his address appreciated the role of Scouting for bringing the positive changes in our society and also lauded the role of the organizers for organizing such camps with zest and zeal. He also underlined the steps being taken to spread the message of this noble movement to every corner of the state. He told the gathering that he is highly impressed that the scout movement is aiming to cultivate basic values such as Commitment, Conviction, Character, Courtesy and Cheerfulness in the young People which is the need of Honor. He assured full support and assistance required for growth and development of the movement in the state. Worthy State Chief Commissioner during the interaction with the participants shared some invaluable information about scouting and day to day life. He lauded the role of the movement in order to prepare the young people for life, to develop their character, to awake their spiritual adherence and to create the spirit of service and sacrifice in them. He assured that he would always be ready to lend his helping hand for the noble cause.
After the concluding ceremony an open games session was held, followed by Grand Campfire.
On 28th July, 2019, we had an All faith prayer, Kit Inspection, flag ceremony. In the end we had an official camp closing ceremony in which participant certificates and awards for various competitions were distributed, followed by flag lowering and National Anthem.
We are thankful to all those supported us directly or indirectly in any way and also to those who visited our dream Camp to bless our participants which included District Administration Budgam & Baramulla, Army, Police, GDA and Media persons. With their active support we wouldn't have been able to organize the camp so efficiently. We are also thankful to the State Headquarter for chipping in and lending all support and guidance.