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A five-day long trekking camp organised by the Bharat Scouts and Guides, provided youths from across Karnataka a unique opportunity to enjoy the aesthetic view of the natural beauty of Kolar district. In all, 320 people, including 80 rangers (female) and 140 rovers (male), climbed the rocky hills of Avanibetta and Devarayasamudrabetta in Mulbagal taluk.
The camp was held from December 20 to 24, during which participants also took part in community service (shramadana).
The camp unfolded before the young people who came from Bagalkot, Belagavi, Bengaluru, Haveri, Mandya, Raichur, Ramnagar, Shivamogga, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts. The treasure trove of rocky hill tract offers a good and challenging opportunity to lovers of adventure sports.
“So far, we were under the impression that Kolar is the land of gold. The camp has changed that. Now, we realise that it is a land blessed with natural beauty too,” A.K. Reshma, one of the rangers, said.
The daunting task of trekking up steep hills was followed by a fire camp and cultural events at the end of the day. On the menu was ragi mudde and kaalu sar.
State organising commissioner of the organisation T.A. Manjunath and Manjula worked as directors of the camp.
State Chief Commissioner of Scouts and Guides P.G.R. Sindhya and MP K.H. Muniyappa participated in the inaugural function.
District chief commissioner of Scouts and Guides K.V. Shankarappa told The Hindu on Wednesday that the camp will help promote more such events in the future. Though district-level camps are being held regularly, a camp on such a large scale was organised for the first time, he said.
It was widely felt that the Departments of Tourism as well as Youth Empowerment and Sports should explore the possibility of encouraging adventure sports in the region.
From : The Hindu