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SPCI – REPORT ON MURSHIDABAD EXCURSION ( Sun 28th-Tues 30th Dec 2014) by Delna Wadia

This was the first camp that I went for as senior and I must say, camps are more fun when you go as a senior instead of a scout or a guide.

Twenty children (some freezing, some half awake, some excited) along with ten seniors gathered on 28th December at Kolkata station early in the morning. Lucky for us, our train was running on time and we reached Murshidabad in four hours.

On reaching we were allotted our rooms and soon after that our day began. The children were divided into two teams where they were given points for activities, discipline and punctuality. Once the teams were made, we set off for our sightseeing for the evening. First stop – Hazarduari Palace. As the name suggests, the Palace had a thousand doors surrounding it! What we hadn’t anticipated though, was the looooooong line that we’d have to stand in just to get in. It took us about half an hour, standing in a line that was about a kilometre long, but we finally made it inside. After the tour of the palace, we decided to head back to the hotel for our evening snacks and chai.

After snacks, it was time for some team activities. The scouts and guides met in one room, all cramped up, but warm, ready to start the activity for the evening. An observation quiz is what they had in store for them! Once the activity was over, it was time for campfire practice. The teams went to their respective rooms to prepare a song and a skit for that night. And if you think us seniors were “chilling” during that time, well, you’re wrong. We prepared a song and a skit ourselves to perform at the campfire. After dinner that night, we all met at the same room once more. Campfire was very entertaining that night and I think we owe a huge round of applause to the scouts, guides, cubs and bulbuls for having such creative minds and making sure we laughed at enjoyed their performances! Lights out was at 10 pm sharp and everyone was sound asleep by 10 30pm.

7:00 am was Rise and Shine, followed by breakfast. We had about an hour before we needed to go for Round 2 of sightseeing and the kids immediately went out to the lawn and started playing with a Frisbee. Us more mature seniors decided to soak up as much sun as we could get before we headed out.
We visited Katra Masjid & Kathgola Bagan that morning. Both were magnifiient structures with their own history and all the children listened to our guides with rapt attention. Lunch was at the Samrat Hotel after which we made one more sight seeing stop at Mothijheel Mosque which overlooked a lake and then headed back to our hotel.

We came back that evening even more exhausted than the previous day and once again, the snacks were a welcome meal. The activity for the evening was different from the day before but I don’t think some of the Scouts knew that. I noticed them vigorously taking notes wherever we went that day! Unfortunately those notes were of no use that evening. After an activity involving a number of brainteasers that needed to be figured out, we dispersed for campfire practice. This time, we added one more thing into the list of performances. Each team had to do a dance as well!

Campfire that night was quite fun as well. Once that was over, it was time to head back into our rooms, pack for the night, and then go to sleep. But what is the fun of a camp where you don’t get to scare people? Of course we had to make the kids experience this once in their lives. We covered Riyan up in a bedsheet and succeeded in scaring a few children by telling them that he was the ghost of Ghasiti Begum (a local legend).

The next morning, twenty half asleep children and 10 half asleep seniors went to the station at 5:30 am. Our train was on time. The tricky part though was that we were 30 people who had to get onto the train in less than 3 minutes. It was a challenging feat but our organizational skills and discipline paid off and soon we were sitting in our seats, most of us fast asleep, a few of us playing games. We returned home safe and sound. Exhausted, but happy.

– Delna Wadia


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This was the first camp that I went for as senior and I must say, camps are more fun when you go as a senior instead of a scout or a guide.

Twenty children (some freezing, some half awake, some excited) along with ten seniors gathered on 28th December at Kolkata station early in the morning. Lucky for us, our train was running on time and we reached Murshidabad in four hours.

On reaching we were allotted our rooms and soon after that our day began. The children were divided into two teams where they were given points for activities, discipline and punctuality. Once the teams were made, we set off for our sightseeing for the evening. First stop – Hazarduari Palace. As the name suggests, the Palace had a thousand doors surrounding it! What we hadn’t anticipated though, was the looooooong line that we’d have to stand in just to get in. It took us about half an hour, standing in a line that was about a kilometre long, but we finally made it inside. After the tour of the palace, we decided to head back to the hotel for our evening snacks and chai.

After snacks, it was time for some team activities. The scouts and guides met in one room, all cramped up, but warm, ready to start the activity for the evening. An observation quiz is what they had in store for them! Once the activity was over, it was time for campfire practice. The teams went to their respective rooms to prepare a song and a skit for that night. And if you think us seniors were “chilling” during that time, well, you’re wrong. We prepared a song and a skit ourselves to perform at the campfire. After dinner that night, we all met at the same room once more. Campfire was very entertaining that night and I think we owe a huge round of applause to the scouts, guides, cubs and bulbuls for having such creative minds and making sure we laughed at enjoyed their performances! Lights out was at 10 pm sharp and everyone was sound asleep by 10 30pm.

7:00 am was Rise and Shine, followed by breakfast. We had about an hour before we needed to go for Round 2 of sightseeing and the kids immediately went out to the lawn and started playing with a Frisbee. Us more mature seniors decided to soak up as much sun as we could get before we headed out.
We visited Katra Masjid & Kathgola Bagan that morning. Both were magnifiient structures with their own history and all the children listened to our guides with rapt attention. Lunch was at the Samrat Hotel after which we made one more sight seeing stop at Mothijheel Mosque which overlooked a lake and then headed back to our hotel.

We came back that evening even more exhausted than the previous day and once again, the snacks were a welcome meal. The activity for the evening was different from the day before but I don’t think some of the Scouts knew that. I noticed them vigorously taking notes wherever we went that day! Unfortunately those notes were of no use that evening. After an activity involving a number of brainteasers that needed to be figured out, we dispersed for campfire practice. This time, we added one more thing into the list of performances. Each team had to do a dance as well!

Campfire that night was quite fun as well. Once that was over, it was time to head back into our rooms, pack for the night, and then go to sleep. But what is the fun of a camp where you don’t get to scare people? Of course we had to make the kids experience this once in their lives. We covered Riyan up in a bedsheet and succeeded in scaring a few children by telling them that he was the ghost of Ghasiti Begum (a local legend).

The next morning, twenty half asleep children and 10 half asleep seniors went to the station at 5:30 am. Our train was on time. The tricky part though was that we were 30 people who had to get onto the train in less than 3 minutes. It was a challenging feat but our organizational skills and discipline paid off and soon we were sitting in our seats, most of us fast asleep, a few of us playing games. We returned home safe and sound. Exhausted, but happy.

– Delna Wadia


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