Two Summer Trips for Young Teens
Posted April 12, 2010
Programs & Resources for ISKCON Youth of America (PRIYA) has established two gender-segregated summer devotional programs for devotee youth, both of which are now accepting applications.
Kishori Yatra 2010, the third annual summer trip for girls ages 11 to 15, is scheduled for June 10 through July 1 (three weeks), while a tour for boys ages 12 to 15 will run from July 7 through August 15 (six weeks)
Kishori Yatra is an all-inclusive, spiritual adventure tour. Visiting various temples and devotee communities in the United States, the tour concentrates on developing Vaisnava qualities, visiting holy places, building friendships and providing a framework for performing loving devotional service.
Young devotees have age-appropriate service opportunities at the temples they visit, and will express their bhakti through a devotional arts presentation. The tour also provides adventure activities such as camping, recreational games and occasionally visits to theme parks.
The tour is organized by Jaya Radhe dasi, organizer of the Krishna Culture Festival Tours for the last 14 years, and Anapayini dasi, founder of the Bhakti-Kalalayam Dance Academy in Alachua, Florida.
Deadline for early registration is April 15, 2010. For more information regarding costs, detailed schedule, and application requirements, please visit the website www.kishoriyatra.com.
Meanwhile, the summer trip for boys visits ISKCON Temples and Rathayatras around the United States and Canada. The program focuses on helping boys develop a Krsna conscious identity and Vaisnava qualities, building friendships and providing opportunities for devotional service. The trip also engages in adventure activities such as camping, recreational games, sports and occasional visits to theme parks.
The organizers — Krsna Priya das, Dattatreya das and Krsna Kishor das of the Mayapuris, and Sughosh das — began traveling with Rtadhvaja Swami in 1998 at the age of 12. Having realized the impact of these trips on their lives, they decided to continue organizing the tour since 2005 in order to share valuable knowledge and experience with a new generation.
Deadline for early registration is May 1, 2010. For more information regarding costs, detailed schedule, and application requirements, please visit the website www.summertrip.org.