A month-long Gurmat camp for the propagation of Sikhi and Punjabi languages among the young generation of Roseville was organized by The Kalgidhar Trust at Gurdwara Sri Sachkhand Sahib, Roseville, California. This camp was organized with the cooperation of the American Sikh Foundation of North California and Bhai Jarnail Singh, Head Granthi, Gurdwara Sri Sachkhand Sahib, under the supervision of Bhai Harpal Singh of Baru Sahib.
A total of 55 youngsters participated in this camp, where they learned the Punjabi language, Gurbani and Kirtan. The Punjabi language to the campers was taught in just 15 days using the new teaching techniques. One of the campers, Barbara, an American, surprised everyone by learning the Punjabi language in a very short time.
On the penultimate day of the camp, a Gurmat quiz was organized to test the campers’ knowledge of Gurbani. To make this quiz more interesting, the campers were asked several questions by showing visuals related to Sikh history, Gurbani and Guru Granth Sahib.
On a concluding day, the campers enthralled the audience with their fine performance of Kirtan, reciting religious poems and speeches on different topics, which they had learnt in just a few days at the camp. All the participants of the Gurmat Camp were awarded prizes and certificates.
Bhai Harpal Singh, an experienced Divinity teacher and instructor from Baru Sahib came especially from India for this Gurmat Camp. He apprised the
Saadh-Sangat with the various philanthropic activities and establishment of educational institutions of The Kalgidhar Trust. All these institutions are being run on donations from the Saadh-Sangat worldwide. He also informed me that Annual Summer camps (Akal International Youth Camps) held at Baru Sahib are very popular among the NRI students. The Akal International Youth Camps for USA and Canada students is being organized in July 2009, and for UK students in August 2009.
The Kalgidhar Trust has organized several Gurmat Camps in recent years for the propagation of Gurmat, Gurbani Kirtan and Punjabi language among the young generation of NRI children.