Vijayapuram Social Service Society (VSSS) stands for the creation of a new generation vibrant with the values of love, justice, peace, fraternity, cooperation and mutual concern. To materialize this vision and create a new generation children are to be identified at the early age and given formation in these desired directions.
Vijay Balavedi is a platform of children between the age of 5-15 from different religion, cast and creed, organized by VSSS. Balavedi gives opportunity for children for team building and development of physical, emotional, cultural, and intellectual skills.
Every summer, we host a series of 1-week camp sessions, “Balabheri”, for members of Balavedi, creating a unique environment to learn, grow and have fun. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting a diverse group of children, giving our campers the opportunity to meet and perform with peers from different Balavedis working in the parish, creating the ideal setting for performance-based program. The programme includes advancing the field of social entrepreneurship through various programmes.
Celebrating its 25th year, “Balabheri” focuses on lessons of community and children’s development topics. The camp is always looking for new and exciting ways to inspire children. The programme features four modules that allow kids to design, play, construct and deconstruct in teams, giving them a chance to bond and learn from one another. The kids are exposed to outside during recess, engaging in specific topic-related activities each day.
Although the camp runs for just one week, the preparation starts from January. The entire day is structured from beginning to end. At drop-off, the facilitators and the Co-patrons make a Camp evaluation with the kids. For older kids, the Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) program offers a chance to gain leadership skills; this is a great program for kids that have “aged-out” of Camp Invention, but still want to experience all of the fun activities the program has to offer. The following topics are transacted for these older kids.
Bio diversity, Herbal ( medicinal) plants, Alternative life style , water, consumerism , Environmental protection, global warming, child right and responsibilities, children’s parliament, Drug and substance abuse, Creation of child friendly village, Cancer and Alcoholism, Life Style Diseases and alternate life style, Transactional Analysis and Personality Development, TV News Reading, Event Management, Dramatics, Programme Anchoring etc. were some of the most appreciated programmes of Balabheri.
Training in Crafts
Training in cultural and artistic skills is given for kids below 10. The most exciting part of any art activity is that young children learn and explore through their senses, and the experience and process. In art children can learn and explore through exciting and messy open-ended art materials. Little ones learn about colors, textures, and shapes while developing fine motor skills and expressing their creativity through unconventional and open-ended materials.
Led by talented artists, children explore an incredible array of artistic materials. A creative line-up of projects in painting, collage, printmaking, and more will follow. Variety will keep the budding artists engaged and entertained all through the camp!
Dancing helps children develop body awareness as well as physical strength and coordination. Dancers will flourish in our programs as the grow from learning basics steps and dance language to full choreographed routines. Dancing is a fun way to get movingafter school and provides a creative outlet for children to express themselves!
The performing arts program gives budding young actors the chance to learn all the elements of development, rehearsals and performance that culminates in a Stage Performance on the last day.
During the camp all parents visit the camp and prepare tea and snacks for the children. At the end of the camp is a celebration. All parents, ward members of the Panchayat, and other important personalities are also invited for the final day celebration. We celebrate our children’s accomplishments in music, drama, musical theatre, dance, art, etc., on the last day.
Children also conduct exhibition and other art forms to propagate the message and to educate the public of the topics transacted in the camp.