Where will I be sleeping
Since there are three Bhujangan Leadership Academy's each site is a bit different. However, each site consists of a cabin that is located in a mountainous area. You'll be sharing a room with your Bhujangan sisters. The room can vary between one queen bed to multiple bunk beds. You do get to choose which room you will sleep in upon arrival. You will be required to keep your area clean and tidy.
What do we do for fun?
Each Bhujangan Academy is nestled in a mountainous region, whether it is Stanislaus National Forest, Kings Canyon National Park or San Bernardino Valley. You will have miles of trails, swimming pools, lakes, and rivers. On occasion we go kayaking, have bonfires, sing songs, and we do a lot of arts and crafts such as making tie-dye shirts and friendship bracelets. If you like staying active we will be having yoga classes, volleyball breaks and basketball games as well.
What should I bring?
As time nears for us to depart to Bhujangan Leadership Academy, we will send a detailed list of gear you will need. A counselor will also follow up with you to ensure you have everything you need. If you are not able to get everything on the gear list, we will try our best to make sure you do! However, we do recommend packing light as we often don't have much room in the cars that we take up there.
Who are the counselors?
The counselors come from different backgrounds. On site, we will have professional teachers, historians, social workers, military veterans, nurses, college students, and community organizers. Each volunteer has gone through a competitive interview process and has spent a lot of time preparing for Bhujangan. Many Kaur's apply to be a volunteer at the Bhujangan Leadership Academy and we only pick the most professional, responsible and passionate. It is likely that these counselors will become your role models, your mentors, and your friends.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING AT BHUJANGAN?
You wake up bright and early and start your day with reciting Japji Sahib, if you don't know Japji Sahib that is ok, many Bhujangan's have attended and didn't know Japji Sahib and Rehraas. If you do, then we encourage you to recite aloud with us. After Diwan, we serve a delicious breakfast that is prepared by the Bhujangan staff. We then go into classes, this year our classes consist of Sikh History, Gurbani, Identity, Stress Management, Personal Values, Healthy Friendships, Communication, High School Preparation, Setting Goals, College Preparation, Career Choices, Visions of an Ideal Community and Social Justice and Solidarity. Most of the workshops will include all the Bhujangan's, but some of the workshops are divided up depending on the Bhujangans age. For example, if she is graduating or about to graduate High School then she'll attend the college and career workshop. If she is just starting high school then she'll attend the High School Preparation workshop. Each day the Bhujangan's will get a chance to write in their journals and have a couple hours of free time to make friends, nap, or explore. During this time she has the option to partake in arts and crafts activities or skills building workshops such as self-defense or wilderness classes. In addition to classes past activities have included boating, horse-back riding and hiking. A more detailed agenda will be posted in the coming weeks.
What if I don't know anyone going?
At Bhujangan we encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and make friends. We found that Kaur's that come without knowing anyone actually make the most friends because they are more willing to talk to new people. Also, the counselors are extremely nice, and as one Bhujangan said, "They aren't counselors, they are like your big sisters." If you don't believe us take a look yourself.