Teens unleash their hidden treasure

Teens unleash their hidden treasure

Where can you find over 50 teenagers learning the highest knowledge of Vedanta for a whole weekend while having so much fun?

At National Junior CHYK Camp, of course!

On Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July 2016, in the outskirts of South Western Sydney, almost 60 teenagers gathered together for Chinmaya Mission Australia’s annual camp for teenagers. This year’s camp – ‘Unleash The Hidden Treasure” – brought together youngsters from all over Australia to help them unleash their own hidden treasure, their dormant infinite potential. Swami Shrikarananda (resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission NSW, ACT and QLD) delved into the depths of Vedic knowledge, making it tangible, palatable and practical for the youth. The classes guided the teenagers how to achieve greater success in all their endeavours by developing 9 essential qualities of successful people, based on Sadhana Chatushtaya.

They continued to receive tips and tools throughout the camp that directed them to finding this treasure. Discussion groups allowed them to reflect, inquire and express their thoughts in a safe and nuturing environment. Inspiring workshops on Hindu culture revealed even more secrets to success. The youngsters enjoyed uplifting bhajan sessions, a hilarious role play session, a mind-crunching trivia night and lots of delicious vegetarian food. The youth of Chinmaya Mission led various activities over the weekend that not only were exceedingly fun but also helped to teach them practical Vedantic lessons though a practical and experiential approach. One such activity was an epic treasure hunt around the campsite, testing them in various team games and individual endurance feats related to the 9 key qualities in order to collect as many gold coins as they could for their team. 

The teenagers thoroughly enjoyed the team bonding opportunities, the positive and inspiring atmosphere of the camp and the chance to make new friends from all around the country. They had an unforgettable experience over these 3 days and many, to their parents’ surprise, announced they couldn’t wait until next year’s camp.

Chinmaya Mission Sydney runs weekly classes for children and adults of all ages. We have a program during the school term on Sundays especially for children from pre-school all the way to Year 12. Contact us for more information about classes and registration at castlehillbalavihar@gmail.com or Niyati (sevak) on 0425 262 103. 

More about CHYK and Junior CHYK

Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) is the youth wing of Chinmaya Mission, with the motto ‘harnessing youth potential through dynamic spirituality’. CHYK was founded by Swami Chinmayananda with the vision of helping youth realise their latent and infinite inner potential. Through discussion classes and regular camps, youth inspire and become inspired, develop essential skills for self-growth and and build confidence, while being mentored by positive role models.

Junior CHYK is for teenagers (Grades 7-12). It follows the same principles of CHYK, and in particular gives groundedness and direction in a period of life where great change is occuring.