Personal Narrative: One And Only Hindu Heritage Summer Camp

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It’s 7:00 am and my head counselor wakes up my fellow counselors and I. We then wake up our cabin of 19 boys and get them ready for the day. There is a big day planned full of exciting and enlightening activities which includes yoga, Hindu philosophy, Hindu chanting, a campfire, sports/games, and much more. There’s only one place in the world that includes all of these things and this is the one and only Hindu Heritage Summer Camp (HHSC) in Rochester, New York. Started in 1976 by Devi Parvati, HHSC includes many activities of a traditional summer camp, but mixed with many aspects of Hindu religion. Now, the camp has over 110 campers aged 8-15 years split into 6 cabins ran by counselors aged 16-18 years old. Me, 16 years old, having attended…show more content…
Last year at this time, I would be meeting with my fellow campers in the Karma Yoga Scholar (KYS) program, which is a program offered to 13-15 year-olds where campers participate in Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is one of the four pathways to reach salvation as recognized in the Bhagavad Gita and this program installs it through selfless service. I would help clean up the Indian Community Center (Where the camp is held) and do service projects such as gardening and planting a tree. KYS taught me a lot, such as the quote from the great Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I can definitely testify to say that this is true and the program has given me new knowledge of myself that I would have never found. But now, as a counselor, I have to help run The India Club. In India Club we teach the campers about Indian culture and history through fun games and activities. Since we are at a summer camp, we have to have some camp like activities so next we have sports and games during the afternoon hours. This is where campers play various games such as ultimate frisbee, cards, four-square, or even catch up on
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