Camping for Fun

A top-angle shot from the third floor of a building left media personality,Agast Anand,spellbound.

Written by Swasti Chatterjee | Published: April 5, 2012 2:25 am

A top-angle shot from the third floor of a building left media personality,Agast Anand,spellbound. Anand was conducting a summer workshop on film-making and all the other features associated with it,at Victorious Kidss Educares,Kharadi. Like Anand,several organisations are coming up with innovative ways of helping little minds nurture their creative selves and keep them busy during the long summer break. From tricks to handling a camera,to mastering the skills of riding a horse,the little ones have their schedules packed with plans to beat the heat and learn a host of new things.

Lights,Camera,Action

Agast Anand of Sparrow Communications have introduced a unique film-making course to teach the techniques of film and documentary making to children. With a high-definition camera and a tripod kept handy,Anand is all set to conduct the second workshop of the season. It is a two-week programme to acquaint children with what goes on behind moving images. “Children seem to be fascinated by the camera but they are seldom allowed to operate it. They can do wonders once given an opportunity to use it,” says Anand,who encourages a cautious handling of the gadget among the kids. His training module will enlighten the kids about framing,interviewing techniques,editing,pronunciation and breathing exercises. Through many film-watching sessions,Anand will introduce different techniques on ways to watch a film as well.

Animal Love

Japalouppe Equestrian Centre,Shankarwadi,has been conducting horse riding and training camps for the past 13 years. With 45 children enrolled for each such camp,horse riding is finding an all new group of passionate followers among children. “We have conducted 18 camps so far. Each of them is a six-days,five-nights residential programme which includes features beyond teaching ways to ride a horse alone,” says Rohan More,managing director. More feels that just a few rounds of riding doesn’t constitute training. “Concrete skills include – grooming,cleaning,and being a part of the feeding routine as well,” says More. Here. they reduce horse scare and engage the children in “one of the most beautiful sports of the world.” Several of the alumni have taken up horse-riding as a full-time career option after graduating from the centre. “Kids also get involved in animal welfare and become vets,” More adds.

Into the Wilderness

The Trekdi team has arranged adventurous workshops to engage children throughout the season. Sessions on astronomy for kids will introduce them to star gazing and bring them close to equipments like telescopes and spotting scopes at a picturesque location in Panchgani. “It is very important to know the environment. Our workshops bring a child close to the nature,” says Pinakin Karve of Trekdi. Karve,along with his team,has also organised sessions on bird and butterfly watching,introductions to wildlife and the basics of ecosystem at Phansad early next month. An adventure camp on May 19 and 20 will introduce the little ones to safety protocols,first aid and other safety equipment. “Adventure sports like rappelling,mountain cycling and rifle shooting shall interest them. Once they grasp these techniques,it will be safer for parents to leave them alone for treks,” feels Karve.

Things to Watch out for

At Noah’s Ark Daycare,cookery classes,greeting card and tattoo making,yoga and brain gym will keep children busy. “We had organised calligraphy and glass painting last year. However,children would find it difficult to continue learning them without proper guidance. So things which are easy to learn are this year’s attraction,” says Misbah Mehboob Alam,owner.

Sujata Dharap of Creative Club will conduct an art,clay and pottery session from April 16. The focus will be on visual arts for children between the age group of four to ten. A advanced pottery session for the children above the age of ten will also be arranged. “The workshop contents will vary according to the age-group and children who are above 10 years will be introduced to a more intensive kind of pottery session,” adds Dharap.

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