The Friends Youth Group had gone on a three day camp from the 4th to the 6th of October, 2013 to Don Bosco, Nitika. It was the 11th Friends camp and the first in the absence of the Friends Mentor in DBL, Sir Anup Kumar Jain. The camp was organized by our 3 animators Ma'am Rituparna Basu, Ma'am Moumita Chakraborty and Ma'am Reshma Khalkho. The camp also celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Friends Youth Group in Don Bosco School, Liluah.
On Friday, the 4th of October, 40 of us including the 3 animators and 37 students left for Don Bosco, Nitika. On our arrival in the Nitika campus, we were welcomed by Fr. Anand Raj, the Bursar of Don Bosco, Nitika. In the first session on Friday, the students were divided into three groups with the class 12's being the group leaders. A number of sessions emphasizing on the moral values and qualities which should be inculcated in the youth, some interesting games during the sessions and outdoor activities constituted the daytime programme. Our first day in the camp ended with a good night talk by Fr. Jacob, the Rector of Don Bosco, Nitika.
The second day began with meditation followed by some interesting and interactive sessions and group activities. We also celebrated 20 years of Friends in DBL by cutting a cake in the evening. It was on Saturday night in the entertainment session that the camp reached its height with the students performing songs, dance and comedy shows. A good night talk by Fr. Ramesh, one of the pioneers of the Salesian Youth Movement in India, followed by a horror movie in the AV Room at night ended the day for us.
On Sunday, the 3 day camp came to a conclusion with the award ceremony followed by the evaluation session with each member writing a positive comment about every other member in the camp including the animators. We returned to our homes on Sunday evening with heavy hearts as the three beautiful days had come to an end but at the same time we were satisfied that we had learnt how to work in teams, made many new friends and had numerous fond memories of the camp which would be greatly cherished by each of us.