Venue: Dragon Peaks
Date: 27 – 29 March 2010
No of participants: 59
No of facilitators: 7
Alhumdulillah, the first camp for 2010 kicked off on Saturday, 27 March 2010 at Dragon Peaks Air Force Base, Drakensburg. We had a role of 59 high school boys and 7 full time facilitators. The outdoor activities were conducted by the Champagne Castle Adventure Centre. The participants were divided into 6 groups with an Alim / Professional and Instructor in each group. The theme for this camp was: Lets not waste!
Alhumdulillah, the weather was good throughout the weekend, with the nights getting a bit chilly. Activities included amongst others, a series of 4 Zip lines, River tubing, team building and a King Swing. Regular Islamic programs and advises were rendered throughout the course and Yaseen & Zikr was conducted after the Fajr Salaah. A 45min workshop session was conducted by a charted accountant at E&Y, Riaz Dhai, who enlightened students on study methodology. A PowerPoint presentation entitled "Be grateful to Allah" was screened by Ml M. Jadwat of Darul Ihsan. The main aim of the presentation was to show the contrast between the wastefulness we display on a daily basis and the utter starvation that is rampant in Africa and around the world. Participants were encouraged not to be wasteful and to be extremely grateful to Allah for all his bounties upon us.
After Salaah, 5 quick points on a Sahabi was presented with the intention of redirecting our youngsters awe to the illustrious forebearers of Islam, rather than the footballing stars of present. Alhumdulillah, all participants read their Salaah with Jamaat, on time.
The program at Dragon Peaks concluded at 7am on Monday, 29 March 2010 after which, participants were taken to Darkensburg Sun for a hike on the scenic Blue Grotto Trail.
After Zuhr Salah, students were transported to Scrumpy Jacks for a Bee tour. Here, students learned about the different types of bees and the mechanics behind the production of honey. Students also got to see an actual bee hive and were handed a bar of peanut brittle for their efforts.
The Conclusion and Awards ceremony was next with participants being awarded for best behaviour, service to others, Salah, punctuality etc. After teary farewells and requesting forgiveness from each other, we were on our way home at around 3pm.
Our first drop off was in PMB at 5.30pm. We performed Asr and Maghrib Salah in PMB and were in Durban at the sound of the Esha Azaan. Earlier, a sms was sent to all parents advising of the respective pick up time.
Alhumdullillah, the highlight of the camp was the attendance of Hazrat Moulana Salim Vawda Sb. from Ladysmith, who enlightened the students on the need to propagate the Deen and invited all participants to the upcoming KZN Ijtima. We are grateful to Hazrat Moulana who took time out from his busy schedule to meet & offer advises to the participants.
We would like to express our deep hearted gratitude to Almighty Allah for making this camp a reality and we hope and pray that the camp was of benefit to the participants and facilitators, both physically and spiritually.
Gratitude is also due to our facilitators, Ml Muhammad Jadwat, Ml Muhammad Parak, Ml Luqman Mehtar, Hfz Faheem Essack, Zaid Bellim and Zaid Omar, our donors and all those who contributed to this camp in whatever way. May Allah reward them well.
We welcome your feedback & suggestions on the camp.
Shukran & Was Salaam