Shri Surya Narayan Mandir (Florida) is proud to announce the successful completion of our 6th Annual Spiritual Retreat/Youth Camp. Much to our delight, approximately 70 students attended the Youth Camp. The number of students in attendance has steadily progressed since the inception of the Youth Camp in Florida.
We were fortunate to have our resident pandit, Dr. Vishnu Hardowar, in attendance as the Camp Director. Pt. Vishnu was assisted by Natasha Singh, Varsha Hardowar and Vijay Hardowar. Additionally, Pt. Narain Harpaul and his daughter, Bahenji Arati, were present throughout the week.
Each day Youth Camp commenced with the students performing salutations to Surya Narayan Bhagwan followed by hawan and prayers. Subsequently, the camp leaders and other senior campers led discussions pertaining to matters including but not limited to the basic tenets of Hinduism, Hindu philosophy, and other controversial topics, such as the Hindu perspective on issues such as abortion, interracial marriage and capital punishment. On a lighter note, the students had ample opportunity to interact with each other and display their skill sets through activities such as music, dance and skit.
Much to the chagrin of the students the week came to an end much too soon, leaving many yearning for more. The Youth Camp culminated with a Symposium in which the students showcased their newfound knowledge and talents. Following the Symposium, the students received diplomas signifying their successful completion of the Youth Camp.
The general consensus among the students was that this year’s Youth Camp was especially enjoyable and memorable. In response to demand from the students, plans are currently underway to extend the Youth Camp in 2011 an additional week, making for a 2011 Youth Camp spanning not one, but two weeks.