State level adventure camp – Alappuzha

Nehru Yuva Kendra in association with Academy for Mountaineering and Adventure Sports conducted state level adventure camp at Vijay Park, Alappuzha, from November 14th 2012 to November 20th 2012.

The camp began at 14th Nov, 9AM, with registration, followed by the first session instructing the participants about the aims and objectives of the camp. At 2PM in the afternoon, District Tourism Promotion Council member Sr. C. Pradeep flagged off the Youth Adventure Rally, from Vijay Park to Alappuzha town. Nehru Yuva Kendra Deputy Director Dr.V. Rajasenan Nair, District Youth Coordinator Sri. Jain George, AMAS Chairman, Sri. M.C.Ramadas, Nehru Yuva Kendra District Advisory Committee member Sri.P.N.Indrasenan and AMAS Director & leader of the camp Sri. C. Rajendran addressed the gathering. In the following session, Sr. Tom Joseph, Technical Expert, AMAS, introduced equipments to the participants. The day’s activities concluded with Camp Fire later at night.

On 15th, activities started with exercise in the morning. Later, participants of the camp divided as 4 groups built various adventure bases in the premises of Vazhicheri canal, Alappuzha. Municipal Counselor Sri. A. Shanavas inaugurated the adventure base activities at 10.30AM. Participants enthusiastically participated in adventurous low and high rope activities such as River crossing, Swinging valley crossing, Flying fox, Burma Bridge, Commando net, Commando Bridge, etc. At 3PM, participants visited Sai Water Sports training centre, Punnamada and Dragon boat centre and got trained in Dragon boat riding. Later at night, the day concluded with campfire at the campsite.

As on any other energetic day, on 16th Nov, the day began with exercises. The participants then travelled to Muhamma. Kanjikuzhy Block Panchayat President Priyeshkumar flagged off the backwater expedition in Vembanad lake, which started from Muhamma and went on to cover various places such as Pathiramanal, Kumarakom, Kanjiram, Aaru block, Chambakkulam, Kainakari and Punnamada. Trekking in the renowned bird sanctuaries of Pathiramanal – Kumarakom was one of a kind experience for the adventurers. Later in the day, the campers reached back at campsite and gave themselves away at campfire to celebrate an eventful day.

17th of November 2012 started with Yoga. Sri. K. Krishnadas, Yoga Instructor, AMAS led the session. Campers went on for beach trekking later. Starting at 10AM, various beach and team games such as helium stick, website game etc kept the campers engaged.

At 2PM, Sri. K. C. Venugopal, Union Minister of State, Civil Aviation inaugurated the camp formally and the parasailing event by daring to fly in Parachute at heights of around 200 ft above sea level. Alappuzha Municipal Chairperson Smt. Mercy Diana Maxido presided over the function and Sri.V.S. Vishnu ; Counselor, Sri. S. Satheesh ; Zonal Director, Adv.Sri.Manjavilakam Jayan ; State Advisory Committee member, Sri. Devadath. C. Purakkad, Sri. P.N. Indrasenan ; members DYCP, Sri. M.C.Ramadas; Chairman AMAS, Sri. Jain George, District Youth Coordinator and Sri. C. Rajendran, Direcor, AMAS addressed the gathering. Adventurers then flew like never before in the parasailing activities. Day ended with campfire at night.

18th Nov : Day began with exercise, followed by campers participating in ‘Trust Fall’ on the beach. After a few team games, campers were set en route Cheruthanakadavu, Harippad. At 4 PM, Harippad Block Panchayat Member Sr. M. R. Harikumar inaugurated the water adventure activities at Cheruthanakadavu. Cheruthana Panchayath President Sri. Chandran presided over the function and Panchayat members Sri. Harikumar, Sri. George Kutty, Sri. Ilias, Nehru Yuva Kendra Advisory Committee Member Adv.Sri. Manjavilakam Jayan, District youth coordinator Jain George, AMAS Director Sri.C.Rajendran and AMAS PRO Sri.S.Anilkumar addressed the gathering. Later, adventurers were trained in various water activities such as Water Skiing, Water Zorbing, Waterball, board skiing, Banana Boat riding, Canoeing and Kayaking. Day ended with campfire.

On 19th, day began with exercise. At 10 AM, Rock climbing and rappelling activities began at Pandavanpara, Chengannur. Chengannur Minicipal Chairperson Smt. Suja John inaugurated the event. Counselor Deepa presided over the function and AMAS Chairman Sri. M.C. Ramadas, Deputy director Adv.Sreeja and Coordinator Lal Thomas addressed the gathering. At 3PM, shooting and archery training began and later in the evening water games were played by the campers. On the special night, District Youth Coordinator inaugurated the grand camp fire.

All faith prayer marked the start of the day on 20th Nov. The campers then went on to clean the premises of the camp site. Open session was conducted at 10AM. All campers unanimously expressed their satisfaction in the camp and events. Sadya was served at noon. At 2PM, valedictory function began, presided by Deputy Director Dr. V. Rajasesnan Nair. Alappuzha District Panchayat president Adv.U.Prathibha Hari inaugurated the function and presented the certificates and medals to the campers. AMAS Chairman Sri.M.C.Ramadas,  DYCP Member Sri.P.N.Indrasenan, District youth coordinator Sri.Jain George and AMAS Director Sri.C.Rajendran addressed the gathering. Camp dispersed with national anthem.

The camp which had all sorts of Terrestrial-Water-Air adventure activities was led by AMAS Chairman Sri.M.C.Ramadas, AMAS Director Sri. C. Rajendran, AMAS Technical Experts Sri. Tom Joseph, Anju Philip, Jayachandran, Adv. Sreeja, Sreelesh, Krishnadas, Surjith, Sandeepraj, Lal Thomas, Sandeep, Pratheesh Prathapan, Abhinav and Sreekanth.

I express my sincere gratitude to District Collector, Alappuzha, District Tourism Promotion Council, Water Transport department, KSRTC, Kerala Police, Print-Visual media and all others who helped in making this camp a grand success.