Grab your backpack and get going! Well, that’s how summers should be- camping, adventure, games, unfettered time, music and of course lots of fun. And, my last summer was exactly this when I went for lakeside mom and me camp adventure to Kamshet with Kshitij.
Some experiences change your perspective on life and leave you wanting for more. This was definitely one of those trips for me with my little bundle of joy who had the time of his life at this well-thought out and planned trip.
To begin with, it was my first time, and I had my own apprehensions going for a 3-day trip to an unknown place with equally unknown people. But, the whole idea of staying in tents and exploring a new place with my child was too exciting to let it go.
Almost 100km away from Mumbai, it was a few hours of drive before we reached our destination. Surrounded by lush green lawns, landscapes and riverside, it was our peaceful, mesmerising campsite away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
While I was captivated by the beautiful scenery, my kid was getting restless about the different kinds of games, adventurous activities that I had described to him in the countdown to the camp. Thanks to the facilitators and the other team members, all the kids soon started interacting with others and were on their own in no time. Watching my kid mingle with everyone within no time was indeed very heartening.
The tents at the campsite were top-notch and honestly much better than I expected. Tent allotment was followed by an orientation session- very much needed for first-timers like me. Though the session was about dos and don’ts, honestly it never sounded restrictive.
And finally, the activities began. From rock Climbing to zip line to tyre walking, my little one tried his hands at everything. While he was scared to try zip-line earlier on, a few words of encouragement from the facilitator did the trick.
Interestingly, in my case those words of encouragement came from my son- ‘C’mon mumma, you can do it…. Just go for it..’ and to say the least, it was heart-warming.
After a light, and thoughtfully prepared breakfast, we embarked on our first trekking experience together. The way team kshitij helped us with map reading and designing was amazing.
My geographical sensibilities have never been great but now I know I can take a map and embark on unknown territories. Just like the first day, we had a bonfire at night with tons of fun, dance and music.
The best and the most exciting day for me personally. Water sports and activities are always fun. While I had done kayaking before, I was little sceptical about my son trying it. However, seeing Kshitij’s safety equipment, staff, and other measures, I knew it couldn’t get easier and safer than this.
What touched me the most in these three days was the fact that I wasn’t comparing my child to any one else because there was no outside pressure of competition.
While kids were encouraged and motivated to try everything, they were free to make choices which were also respected. No one was judging or assessing them and they were allowed to be themselves.
With summer holidays just around the corner, my son wants to go solo this time. And honestly, I have no fears or apprehensions. Team Kshitij is not just professional but also very caring. With so many exciting camp options, he is really finding it hard to decide on one. Maybe he can go on two camps (I am not telling him this now).