“The work of today is the History of tomorrow and we are its makers”
Juliette Gordon Law
Bharat Scouts and Guides with a membership of about 5.7 million is one of the largest non-governmental, non-political, voluntary and educational youth organizations in our land and is a mammoth resource pool to undertake massive transformation. Understanding the strength of this, National Integration Meet has been organized by BSG from 30th January to 3rd February, 2017 at Jeedimetla, Telangana to instill a feeling of togetherness or oneness towards one’s own country irrespective of one’s individual differences with regard to religion, region, race, culture or caste.
A week long National Integration camp got off to a colorful start at STC, Jeedimetla, Telangana. As many as 351 participants from 20 different states took part. We proudly admit that our Hongirana School of Excellence was the only institution chosen to represent Karnataka in such a nationwide integration meet. Enthusiastic 8 Guides and 8 Scouts represented our school accompanied by a Guide Captain Mrs. Shilly Jose and Scout Master Mr. Girish.
The inaugural function had guides presenting dances depicting their culture and tradition of their respective states. On the following days, State exposition, Festival of India, Exhibition, Food Plaza, Folk Song, Folk Dance, Face Painting, Integration game competition were conducted. In such a wonderful forum, the participants of our institution secured First place for Folk Song, First place for Face Painting and Second place for State Exposition.
Away from their familiar predictable environment, the students stretched beyond their pre-conceived limits to assist in the success of the greater goal as a team. They experienced how to overcome challenges through problem solving, leadership, persistence, self-determination, team work, readiness for service and care for community.
The National Integration Camp provided the students with an opportunity to understand the culture of other states, to embark on the need for maintaining the integrity and unity and to inculcate patriotism among the youth. They shared their culture, food habits and learnt a lot from the camp.
STUDENTS OPINION :
Bhoomi R P of Class IX said, “It was one of my life time experiences. I was greatly supported by my teachers and friends during the activities which came like a lightening in front of us as we hardly had time to plan for the activity”.
Aniruddha of Class IX said, “An on spot challenging competition was the face painting. I am happy to say that I took it as an open challenge and gave my best. My experience in Yakshagana helped me a great deal in this”.
TEACHER’S OPINION :
Mrs Shilly Jose opines, “It’s a life time experience for me as well. Most of the students felt very happy to get a group of polite and helpful friends from different parts of the country and got an exposure to know their tradition and culture. I am really thankful to the Institution for providing us with such a great platform”.