Raj Singh – Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Nestled in a foothills of the Himalayas, Jim Corbett National Park is located in the state of Uttarakhand.
Headed by Mr. Raj Singh, Corbett Wilds organises camps for visiting the park, adventure activities and educational school camps. Every year more than 10,000 children visit Corbett National Park for activity camps from all over the country especially from Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai. It is becoming increasingly popular in the Delhi and NCR region.
Mr. Singh says, “We organize activity camps for students in India like social service camp in India, Nature Clubs, Outdoor Adventure camps, Hill Walking and Camp Craft, Winter camps, summer camps , Geographical field trips, scout and guide camps. All the camps in India are organized at our own property.”
“Apart from regular wildlife packages, we organize special programs for school goers also.”Mr. Singh says that schools usually like to organise specific camps and they provide the option for such tailor-made camps.
A typical 5 day camp would include activities like:
1. Tree spotting and plant identification – Children are taught to identify different varieties of tree and vegetation and also learn the differentiation between commercial wood and fruit plants. They are then sent out in groups for spotting and report back in the evening when they have completed their lists.
2. Bird watching – Here they are shown different varieties of birds that call Corbett their home, migratory birds etc. This activity is usually conducted in the early morning hours and is a treat for children with an interest in photography as well.
3. Nature trail – Children, along with their team leader, take walks into the National Park along demarcated routes.
4. Fishing – This is done within the campus and in the river. The camp provides all equipment and training
5. Swimming –This is done in the campus pool and nearby river.
6. Hiking – Children are taking on day-long hiking trails. There are different levels of difficulty for different age-groups. All activities are conducted within the camp site of Corbett Wilds Jungle Lodge which is just outside the National Park.
Corbett Wilds also organise Jungle safaris and Elephant safaris for the children. In addition to this, while at the camp,
– Children are made to play Indian games like Kabaddi and kho-kho to make them familiar with Indian sports
– Bonfires are organised at night for leisure and fun
– Local handicrafts are taught to those who are interested
Mr. Singh says that some schools also include farm visits as part of the camp. A farm visit is an educational activity where children are taken to a local farm and shown how a farmer lives and manages his farm, the farming activities being done, how cattle are fed and used. They are also shown the multiple uses of a cow – from milk to using the cowdung as gobar gas and then the remnants as organic manure.
“The schools usually contact us to organise the camps for children. We advise a minimum of a 5 day camp to get a proper experience – less than that will not be satisfying enough”, says Mr. Singh. The schools tell us what age-groups they will bring and we provide camp guides and team leaders. The ratio of guide to children is 1:15. A 5-day camp costs about Rs.17,000 per person.
To know more, visit http://www.jimcorbettnationalpark.com/