Youth Camps at SECMOL Campus, Phey
SECMOL runs camps for young people of Ladakh to learn things and ideas they don't get in conventional schools.
In February, SECMOL runs annual camps for rural youth who have just taken the 10th class exam (ie aged 16-18). The purpose of the camps is to build self-confidence and awareness of cultural and environmental issues. They learn Ladakhi history and geography (which are not taaught in their conventional schools), English, solar energy, and Ladakhi songs and dancing. Senior students who have been living at SECMOL for one or more years get the chance to lead activities or teach. Some years we run another of these camps in May or June.
In May or June we run a camp for Ladakhis who study outside Ladakh. Each year has a different theme, and has included vocational guidance, environmental awareness and action, and entrepreneurship.
Most years we run one camp on traditional Ladakhi music and dance, in collaboration with another local organisation.
Students from all over Ladakh meet each other and volunteers from other parts of India and the world. So far more than 1900 Ladakhis have participated, and volunteers from five continents. Everyone gets a great experience in inter-cultural exchange, and the camps grow ever more popular.
A typical SECMOL Youth Camp is two weeks packed with activities from early morning to late evening. Classes might include:
A daily morning talk is about education problems in Ladakh, current issues, and self development.
Campers and volunteers work for 1 hour daily. This keeps us physically fit and ready for Ladakhi village life, and keeps camp expenses low for the Ladakhi participants. They pay only basic food costs so that even those from the remotest villages can afford to come. Ladakhi campers pay no fee for teaching, rooms and other facilities at SECMOL summer camps.
The day starts with physical exercise, meditation / introspection, and then an inspirational morning talk.
Campers do one hour of daily work around the campus.
(This page last updated May 2013)