Winter camp allows youth from ages 3-30 enjoy a month of learning and laughter together. Hockey is an important tool we use, and a very important part of the kids' day. But it is a tool. While it teaches kids to persevere and work together to achieve goals, it also teaches them to "invest" - they are responsible for the ice, sharing the gear and making sure a bit of fuel wood is on hand to warm up little ones' toes.
Afternoons are filled with "learning how to learn" tuition for school. Many of the kids in remote-village-Ladakh fail because they don't understand the English curricular books, and don't have the specialist teachers found in the urban schools. Teaching kids how to find meaning and problem solve helps them excel.
Learning is also filled with laughter though. Each year the kids create a communication project. Last year they learnt drumming (an important Ladakhi form of communication) from the elders. Two years ago, it was the entire wedding ceremony. This year the kids want to make Talking Books to share with the Bow Valley friends who are sending them sticks.
Happy New Year Everyone!