by Joel Varghese
LONAVLA, MAY 15, 2017: A vocation camp was held at Don Bosco, Lonavla from May 2-8 and six students from Don Bosco, Nerul were part of the camp. The boys were accompanied by the Father Bonnie Borges, the manager.
There were fellow campers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Ahmednagar, Mumbai and Vasai, with the Nerul boys. Ice breakers and games were conducted so the boys could get to know each other. They were divided into groups namely Bessuco, Bosco, Garelli, Magone and Savio.
Each day began with holy Mass and reflection on the Gospel. The brothers and priests told their vocation stories to the campers; as well as about the various vocations in the Bible, explaining 'God's call' to them.
There were team games too, which taught the importance of co-operation and team spirit. Following camping tradition, a camp fire was arranged on the last day. The scores were declared with Bessuco winning the first place. The best camper award, most promising camper award and awards to deserving campers were also given.
The highlight of the camp was the outreach programme, where the boys went to a village and presented skits on topics such as health, environment, education and addictions. Throughout the camp there was lot of time for games and recreation. The campers were always kept on their toes and there was never a dull moment.
A standard ten student from Don Bosco Nerul said, "The brothers and fathers were so hospitable that we felt we were part of one big family. I will never forget the extremely thrilling and spine-tingling Savio Night. The trek and treasure hunt we had on a hill is another unforgettable experience. And how can I forget the mouth watering bhel which Father Mc Enroe prepared. On behalf of all the campers, I want to thank all the brothers and priests who put in so much effort to give us such a memorable experience!"