Five Vaisakhi Sikhi camps, organised by Sikh Youth UK, have been set up in five different locations giving the chance to Sikh youngsters to learn more about Sikh history.
Living in the UK, amongst other cultures, can influence Sikh minds; therefore it is vital our community remembers Sikh history and attends a Sikhi camp this Vaisakhi (Vaisakhi is when the tenth Sikh master, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj created the Khalsa).
Sikh Youth UK have been putting on kids Sikhi camps across the country for over 9 years covering various parts of the country.
The camps will be held at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Watford on the 8th and 9th April, Sri Guru Singh Sabha Havelock Road Southall on the 12th April, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurdwara Kempston Bedford on the 13th April, Sri Guru Singh Sabha Slough sports centre on 15th and 16th April and the of final camp at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Hollybones Leicester on 20th 21st and 22nd April.
Deepa Singh – Sikh Youth UK, said: “The time, efforts and dedication by our sevadars to help make these camps happen is commendable and we appreciate all our volunteers from across the country who support and help from activities, to education, self defence and issues that affect our community.
“We help teach and prevent future generations of Sikhs falling into the same cycle of negative sangat. We have made educational booklets with crosswords and puzzles alongside a brief message as to who we are dedicating the camps to, there will be fun activities like bouncy castles and games, along with physical self defence classes, archery, Kesh sahmbal seminars and various workshops by various Sikh parcharaks and organisations who are all helping and assisting.
“We’d personally like to thank all five of the Gurdwara committees for helping and making sure we were allowed to do these Sikhi camps to give something positive back to the Sikh children and families in our commutiny and at this specific time of Vaisakhi where we as a community remember why our Father Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji created the Khalsa.”
Gurpreet Singh – former camper said: “I as a youngster attended some of the Sikh Youth camps and they helped me change my life, as I saw difficulties at home and come across many challenges at school but coming to camps and learning about Sikhi helped me get through those battles, now I’m older and I’m trying to give something back to the community and to hopefully stay involved further so I continue to volunteer my time to help in the groups at the camps.”
Indi Singh – Singh Army Podcast who runs a Kesh sambhal Seminar, said:
“Kesh sembhal is a powerful vehicle for youngsters and parents, understanding we will always be distinct and and having the appropriate khalsa mentality through any era or social climate our youth will endure.”
We will be covering the Sikhi camps and updating you on some of the feedback we will get from the local sangat.