Sikh Youth Australia’s 2014 summer camp, which ended on 12 January, was the best camp in its 16-year history, says the SYA. The camp had a record 350 participants, and the organisers are pleased with the results of several months’ planning and work, says Surinder Singh, SYA’s public officer.
Surinder says that this year, for the first time, the summer camp had an entirely new group of participants as most of the regulars attending the camp over the last decade have either moved into university or have started working. According to Surinder, this year’s camp attracted a new generation of the community, most of whom were the children of those who had arrived in Australia in the last 10 years.
The SYA camp has facilitators from all over the world conducting programs on leadership, community, religion, tradition and language. Surinder says that many facilitators were full of praise for the just concluded camp, where the variety and content of programs were more impressive than previous years.
The SYA’s summer camps fuse tradition and modernity with a view to enrich awareness about Sikh identity in Australia and promote understanding of the community’s important role in Australian social life. SYA’s summer camps are for Sikhs from all stages of life. The camps facilitate discussions and problem solving strategies for the challenges of life in Australia, and these discussions and talks span the entire range of issues facing the community.
The summer camps are one of a series of other camps held for members of the community at different times of the year.