Leadership Development Camp

During the entire course you all will learn how to adjust in adverse conditions in the limited resources provided.  In wilderness or outdoors we cannot expect for the kind of luxury that we usually get at our homes. Being in the outdoors means to bring you out of your comfort zone. You don’t tend to get the same sort of comfort that you usually get. Outdoors means to make lesser use of limited resources. Outdoor is basically a place where we get challenges in front of us because it’s a new place, new environment, and new people. We can also find out what our strengths and weaknesses are. We learn to push ourselves beyond our limits, our physical strength and mental strength. We learn to work as a team.

Leadership Development CAMP – LDC program is designed create awareness and key skills, attitudes and behaviors that would help young adults adapt better to the environment in their late teens, while helping them to get the best out of themselves and others. Designed with the objective to enhance self-awareness, provide relevant understanding of human behavior and group dynamics, build conceptual and action skills to get the best out of oneself and of others and prepare a mindset that is willing to take charge and adapts to work positively in any culture, environment or context. Based on experiential learning methodology, this program for above 15 years old will use a mix of dialogue and debrief, contemporary theory and models made relevant for the participants, psychometric instruments and profiling, movies and reflective personal learning papers to bring out the learning elements.

  • Strengthen confidence and self reliance
  • Develop team spirit
  • Push ourselves beyond our limits
  • Overcome though fear
  • Gain awareness about environment and issue that are degrading our natural resource
  • Learn basic outdoor skill like camping, tent pitching, rope knots, basic cooking, survival and many more

Ability to handle difficult situations (Physically and mental) is the principal issue that youth face today. Having been groomed in comfortable and well to do environs, they intimidated by stressful situations. To help fill the gap, participants are put through some difficult situations built into the activity.

This trait has defined the course of nation on a large scale and families at the unitary level. Leadership is required at all levels and all areas. Grooming leaders for the future thus becomes the responsibility of every parents, teachers, schools, organizations and hence HVA programs. The program focuses on empowering participants with three important qualities to build leadership instincts in them. These comprises:

  • POWER : how to harness and use it
  • People skills : how to communicate and mobilize people
  • Problem solving: resolve issues and bring order to an event.
  • LDC activities are entertaining, challenging, creative and will help introduce participants to tough situations.
  • Participants will be introduced to basic survival and rescue techniques in the outdoors
  • Command and group tasks will encourage students to take leadership roles and execute the assigned tasks
  • Physical fitness
  • Wilderness trekking
  • Rock climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Group & command tasks
  • Tent pitching
  • Night survival/rescue
  • Hand Sanitizes, T-Shirts, Light weight long trousers, Sweat shirt/Sweater – 2
  • Wind proof jacket, Slippers/ floaters, Rain gear (a must), Thick/warm jacket
  • Water bottle for the trek, 2 pairs of shoes, Sun glasses, Cap, Sun block
  • Personal Toiletries & medical kit,
  • A knapsack/day bag for the trek to carry your water bottle, camera and rain gear, and pack lunch.
  • It is a good idea to carry a pocket- knife if you have one.
  • All things to be packed in a lockable rucksack or duffel bag.
  • Strengthen confidence and self reliance
  • Develop team spirit
  • Push ourselves beyond our limits
  • Overcome though fear
  • Gain awareness about environment and issue that are degrading our natural resource
  • Learn basic outdoor skill like camping, tent pitching, rope knots, basic cooking, survival and many more

Leadership Development Camp Programs in the Valley of Gods – Manali (INDIA)

Day 1: Arrival at SOLS Camp- Acclimatization

Upon arrival briefing (about the native place and surrounding, do’s & don’ts during the course). Evening after tea we go for an acclimatization walk in the nearby village. Dinner and overnight in the Camp

Day 2: Outdoor education and River crossing session

Early morning walk up call followed by morning exercise. Post breakfast: Outdoor education session:

  • Lecture on CAMINPING AND MOUNTAIN MANNERS.
  • Rope knots
  • Tent pitching

Post Lunch: River crossing session: During this session students will be taught different methods of crossing river while we are in the mountain. Evening Games like Valley ball, badminton, cricket etc… Dinner and overnight in the camp.

Day 3: Rock Climbing & Rappelling, Team building exercise and Treasure hunt

Early morning walk up call followed by morning exercise. Post breakfast: Rock Climbing & Rappelling session: We walk for half an hour to the site for the activity. In this session students will be taught about the different technique how to ascend and descend from the steep rock phase. Evening Team building exercise followed by treasure hunt with the help of compass. Dinner and overnight in the camp.

Day 4: Trekking; SOLS Camp – Naggar – Rumsu – Nawa Tapru (2900 mts/9570 ft) (15 kms/ 5-6 hrs)

Early morning drive to Naggar (18 kms). From Naggar the trail leads past Roerich's cottage and along the main bridle path for 1 km before branching uphill to the village of Rumsu. There is an ancient wooden temple with close ties to the temples dedicated to Jamlu in Malana. From Rumsu head up the ridge to the east of the village and follow a well defined trail through a forest of deodar, pine and horse chestnut, Trek further to reach Nawa Tapru. This is going to be our Advance camp.

Dinner & overnight stay in tents at Advance camp.

Day 5: Height gain – Chandrakheni Pass (3650 mts/11972 ft)

Today its going to be the most challenging day, we will be going for the height gain and summit Chandrakheni pass. We will start very early today after having breakfast. Trail ascends through the forest to a series of open meadows. From these alpine meadows fine view extends up the kullu valley to Manali the Pir Panjal range and across the Bada Bhangal Range. The tral heads through a small rhododendron forest to a series alpine meadows to Chandrakheni pass.

At Chandrakheni pass we get an impressive view to North, including Ghalpo Peaks of Lahaul – Dharamsura (6446 mts) and Papsura (6451 mts) and other high peaks in the upper Tosh Valley, while a snow capped range of Himala extend to the head of Parvati valley. After summiting the pass we descend down to the Advance camp at Nawa Tapru.

Overnight in the tent at Advance camp.

Day 6: Back to SOLS camp

We descend down to Naggar 4 – 5 hrs. Borad in the Jeep and drive to CAMP. Evening at leisure.

Day 7: Presentation ceremony

After breakfast presentation ceremony and some talent show by the students thereafter depart for the onward destination

Day 1: Arrive Manali at the camp, Acclimatization walk in the surrounding village

Check in the SOLS camp. Camp orientation by the camp manager followed by an early lunch.

Post lunch Introduction session with the instructor and a general talk or debriefing by the respective instructors about the course followed by a village walk where we experience the culture, life style of the local people living in mountains.

Dinner and overnight at the camp

Day 2: Rock Climbing and Rappelling, lecture on survival on mountain and sports competition

Early morning after wakeup call followed by morning exercise. Post breakfast we drive to the rappelling site here rappelling session will be conducted under the supervision of qualified instructors. Post lunch lecture on SURVIVAL IN THE MOUNTAINS.

Divide the group into 2 – 3 teams and test their team work, metal and physical ability by competing in games like Volleyball, tug of war, kabaddi, kho kho and some more exciting and challenging games.

Dinner around the merry camp fire and overnight at the camp.

Day 3: River crossing, team building exercise and lecture session

Early morning after wakeup call followed by morning exercise. Post breakfast general talk and debriefing about River crossing. Thereafter under the supervision of qualified instructors students try their hands on different techniques of river crossing. Post lunch lecture on Do’s and Don’ts in Mountain.

Post evening tea TEAM BUILDING GAMES. Like Great Indian Rope trick, save the world, Human dragon and many more………..

Dinner around the merry camp fire and overnight at the camp.

Day 4: Outdoor education, compass orientation, Treasure Hunt and wilderness camp

Early morning after wakeup call morning exercise followed by breakfast. Post breakfast a lecture on outdoor education, students will be taught rope knots and how to pitch a tent which is very important because we are going to be staying in these tents only for the next couple of days. Post lunch we will teach students how to read or use compass. Thereafter Treasure Hunt with compass orientation.

Dinner around the campfire followed by a talent show by students. Overnight in the camp.

Day 5: Trekking; Kalath – 15 mile - Naggar (9 kms, 4 -5 hrs)

Early morning after breakfast we start our day’s trek to Nagar for about 8 – 9 kms, 4 – 5 hrs. Today the trail is very gradual and easy. We pass through 15 mile which is popular for its pine and deodar trees. Enoute we visit lots of local village

Dinner and overnight at Naggar in dome tents.

Day 6: In Naggar – Obstacle course

Today we will do a half day session of Obstacle course at HRC Obstacle Race. Post lunch we visit Roirick Art Gallery, Naggar Castle and Ancient Vishnu temple.

Dinner and overnight at Naggar in dome tents.

Trekking
Day 7: Trek Naggar to Steling (8-9 kms, 5 – 6 hrs)
Day 8: Trek Steling to Nawa tapru – 6 hrs
Day 9: Nawa Tapru to Naggar (6 hrs) drive back to Kalath Camp
Day 10: Rafting in River Beas, presentation ceremony and departure

Early morning breakfast and drive for about 20 kms the starting point of rafting. After a thorough safety briefing, we go for an exciting rafting session.

This is a gentle stretch covering a distance of 20 kms from Pirdi to Jhiri. We float past terraced farms, some plum and apple orchards. We get to hit series of thrilling rapids. During this stretch we can also experience body surfing makes it an awesome experience along with eye catching sceneries.

Drive back to the camp for lunch. Pack our luggage followed by a presentation ceremony and thereafter depart for the onward destination.

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi - Manali

Meet and greet at International Airport. Drive to the hotel. Relax for few hours. Breakfast in the hotel. Post breakfast Sightseeing of Delhi. Lunch in an Indian Restaurant. Post lunch drive to the Bus Station to board Volvo A/C coach to Manali. The drive is about 530 km/ 12 hrs. Dinner en-route in Restaurant. (Please note that we have a flight option as well for Manali)

Overnight in the Coach.

Day 2: Arrive Manali at the camp, Acclimatization walk in the surrounding village

Check in the SOLS Camp. Camp orientation by the camp manager followed by an early lunch.

Post lunch Introduction session with the instructor and a general talk or debriefing by the respective instructors about the course followed by a village walk where we experience the culture, life style of the local people living in mountains.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 3: Rappelling, lecture on survival on mountain and sports competition

Early morning After wakeup call followed by morning exercise. Post breakfast we drive to the rappelling site here rappelling session will be conducted under the supervision of qualified instructors. Post lunch lecture on SURVIVAL IN THE MOUNTAINS.

Divide the group into 2 – 3 teams and test their team work, metal and physical ability by competing in games like Volleyball, tug of war, kabaddi, kho kho and some more exciting and challenging games.

Dinner around the merry camp fire and overnight in the camp.

Day 4: River crossing, team building exercise and lecture session

Early morning After wakeup call followed by morning exercise. Post breakfast general talk and debriefing about River crossing. Thereafter under the supervision of qualified instructors students try their hands on different techniques of river crossing. Post lunch lecture on Do’s and Don’t in Mountain.

Post evening tea TEAM BUILDING GAMES. Like Great Indian Rope trick, save the world, Human dragon and many more………..

Dinner around the merry camp fire and overnight in the camp.

Day 5: Outdoor education, compass orientation, Treasure Hunt and wilderness camp

Early morning after wake up call morning exercise followed by breakfast. Post breakfast a lecture on outdoor education, students will be taught rope knots and how to pitch a tent which is very important because we are going to be staying in these tents only for the next couple of days. Post lunch we will teach students how to read or use compass. Thereafter Treasure Hunt with compass orientation.

Dinner around the campfire followed by a talent show by students.

Overnight in the camp.

Day 6:Trekking; Manali – Solang Nala – Dhundi (7 kms, 4 -5 hrs)

Early morning after breakfast we drive to Solang Nala (30 kms) which is starting point of the trek.

The trek passes through a mixed forest of blue pine, deodar, spruce, fir and wild walnut trees. The path ascends gradually over a stone strewn trail before descending to cross to the Solang Nala left bank over a temporary wooden bridge.

Thereafter, the trek climbs upstill heading North West to reach the Dhundi Camping ground. Dhundi is is our base camp. We settle in our tent. We can also go and visit SNOW AND AVALANCHE STUDY ESTABLISHMENT (SASE) which is also located in Dhundi itself.

Dinner and overnight in dome tents.

Day 7: Dhundi – Bakkar thach (5 kms, 4 – 5 Kms)

Morning at leisure. Post breakfast we start the days trek. The trail is bit uphill today to reach Bakkarthach which is a very beautiful ridge. Here we are going to set our camp. From Bakkarthach we can see famous ranges of Himalayas called Dhauladhar range and Pir Panjal Range. We can also take glimpse of Seven sister peak, ShettiDhar Peak and Friendship peak. Evening explore the surrounding area.

Dinner and overnight in dome tents.

Day 8: Bakkarthach – Beaskund (6 kms, 4 – 5 hrs)

After breakfast we start our days trek to Beas Kund. Today we have to climb uphill through the moraine (rocks over the Glacier).

Beas Kund is a holy lake where Rishi Vyas took his daily bath. River Beas originates from here. Beas Kund is the base camp for Mountaineer who go for peak summit Hanuman Tibba peak – 6200 mts, Shetti Dhar Peak Peak 5600 mtr, Ladakhi Peak 5800 mtr. Beas Kund is also famous for bird watching.

Dinner and overnight in dome tents.

Day 9: Beas Kund - Dhundi – Manali

After breakfast we walk back to Dhundi and drive back to the campsite.

Dinner around the merry camp fire and overnight in the camp.

Day 10: Rafting in River Beas, presentation ceremony and depart to Delhi

Early morning breakfast and drive for about 20 kms the starting point of rafting. After a thorough safety briefing, we go for an exciting rafting session.

This is a gentle stretch covering a distance of 20 kms from Pirdi to Jhiri. We float past terraced farms, some plum and apple orchards. We get to hit series of thrilling rapids. During this stretch we can also experience body surfing makes it an awesome experience along with eye catching sceneries.

Lunch at the end point of the rafting. And drive back to the camp. Pack our luggage followed by a presentation ceremony and thereafter depart to Delhi.

Day 11: Arrive Delhi in the morning and depart for the onward destination……..
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