Class 6 Camp at Shivpuri
We reached our campsite at Shivpuri after a long and tedious journey. Little did we know the fate that awaited us. On the first morning we woke up and were made to exercise. After that we had a hearty breakfast, and then set off on a rafting journey. Even though we had done the same rapids last year, we still enjoyed them thoroughly. We then did other activities like the “Flying Fox”, “Burma Bridge” and “Twin Towers” which we had so much fun doing. Later on we sat around the bon-fire, laughing at imitations, shuddering at the scary stories, and just had plain simple fun. The next morning we went trekking, and we noticed the beauty of nature all around us; the trees, the mountains and the streams. After returning to the campsite we had lunch, and then went rafting again. On the last day we reluctantly packed our bags, and embarked on our journey home. The memories of this camp will always bring a smile to our faces.
Mallika Pal 6-C
Class 7 getting ready for a Trek
Class 7 Camp
When we got to know that class 7 was going to Dehradun for camp, we were all very disappointed. We thought that “Drabdoon” was going to be dull and boring, but it turned out to be something completely different. We reached Dak Pathar (our campsite) by the evening, and were served an early dinner. This was followed by a bon-fire where the camp captain told us about “ghosts” in the area. The next day we went kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The highlight of the day was the trek, where we had to navigate our way using a map, a compass and clues. The next night we were taken to a “haunted house”!!! It was pitch dark and as soon as we entered the house, we saw a fleeting figure in white. Just then we heard a thumping sound, which made us all scream and run away. This resulted in a mini stampede, but the camp coordinators tried to calm us down by telling us that it was just a prank that they had played on us. That night we just couldn’t sleep, because we all were scared out of our wits. This was one scary adventure none of us will ever forget, and a camp that will remain embedded in our memories forever.
Sanjana Malhotra 7- B
Camp Diary- Sattal
This camp was one that will remain in the memory of my batch all through school. No one was prepared for an overnight train journey in which we had to wake up the next day at 5 a.m. to go for another ride again in a bus! When we reached the camp site we were briefed on the camp, and some basic rules before being allotted our tents. After we got settled in we were called for an assembly where we were divided into 5 groups, each group doing different activities. Kayaking, river crossing, trekking, rappelling and rock climbing were the main activities. While there, we were taken to a dried up lake which they converted into a full length soccer pitch! We were then, divided into two groups and were taken to the haunted lake, where we heard two stories that were told by the camp staff, which scared some people so much, that others became deaf from one ear. An activity which I really enjoyed was a lunch hunt in a village. We had to divide ourselves into groups of 3 and were given a clue. Once we got the clue, we would have to go to the nearby village and ask around about the clue so that we could find our host for lunch. The lunch was amazing and of course we realized a lot of things, one being that we should consider ourselves lucky, because these villagers can’t choose their own calling in life. On the last day, we went to a spectacular waterfall where we had a lot of fun splashing around in the water, and with that camp came to an end. Some people were glad, some people were sad; others were just relieved to be back. But altogether it was an awesome experience.
Soumya Dasgupta, IX A
Class 9 Monkey Business
Class 10 Rafting down the Alaknanda
The Trip to Camp Panther
Kids greeted each other with excited shrieks at 5:30 am on Saturday the 19th of February. Yet another camp was a few hours bus journey away. We tried to make the long journey shorter by cracking jokes and other such shenanigans. When we arrived at Camp Panther, our spirits sank as it was announced that instead of getting the rest we deserved, after a 9-hour trip, we were to go trekking. Fortunately the walk was not too long and we made our way back to camp (with wet and numb feet after crossing a shallow part of the river), exhausted but happy. However, camp is a time when there is a sort of a unity in a class and class 8 can definitely be proud of itself in that field. Every person who was homesick, ill or crying (there was a lot of crying) was comforted to the best of the class’ ability. We enjoyed the rafting and the rappelling that we participated in, divided into two groups. We also were grateful at being given some time to spend as we liked. Thus, even though this camp had its ups and downs for most of us it was one of the most exciting and memorable experiences whose memory we will cherish all our lives.
Sara Chatterjee & Megha Chawla
Camp Diary: Alaknanda Rafting Expedition Class 10
When I think of this years adventure camp, I think water, lots of it … I think rapids, the kind before which you feel the need to say goodbye to your near and dear… I think cold .Not the kind of cold we feel in Delhi, all decked up in sweaters, but the kind when your just in a t-shirt and a life jacket drenched in cold water. But no, this was no Nazi camp even if I may have given that impression. The camp was great fun and we just didn’t want it to end. So, after an overnight train journey, where most of us got NO sleep, we took a bus ride to our camp site, and realized later this was our our base only for a day. After which we packed off on our rafts on a rapid filled journey down the Alaknanda river.
We even had a "SURVIVAL" night, and for those of you who scoff at the name we had to set up camp from scratch on an untouched beach… we even took turns to collect wood for our own bonfire ! We reached Devprayag thereafter, the meeting point of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river and travelled further on all the way to Shivpuri travelling rapids like Daniel’s Dip and Three Blind Mice among others which provided us all adrenaline rush. All in all what seemed like a formidable journey in the freezing cold turned out to be a rocking, and exciting time for all of us. Would I go again? Without a second thought.