I am a two-time camper at Bhanjangan and have had a positive experience both years. This year, in particular, the theme of the camp expressed the importance of self-love, a comprehensive word for self-esteem and confidence. Understanding the necessity of this self-love is crucial as it can lead to a greater awareness of oneself. The counselors drove home this idea and made it possible for the campers to find that confidence. Furthermore, this theme was connected to and furthered by a shabad that we analyzed together, gathering different perspectives on its meaning. We also talked about integrity as well as the values that we individually deemed important, such as respect, responsibility, and fairness, and how those values can affect the way we view life.
Another topic we explored was leadership. Each of us found out our personal style of leadership, whether it be commanding or supportive or even creative or structured. To exemplify the importance of leadership, the counselors taught us about the many Sikh, female leaders in our history and how they each contributed during their time. The discussions and classes that we took at the camp were not only helpful but vital in developing our identities.