a) It is very essential to prepare a suitable schedule for the camp,
so that it helps to develop a sense of discipline and devotion
among the campers. As the camp is an occasion for establishing
rapport with the community, it should not be treated as a
picnic or excursion.
b) No uniform schedule of activities can be suggested for a work
camp due to considerable variety in the scope and content of the
projects, the NSS units should ensure that various activities
undertaken during the camp are so planned and organised that it
ultimately leads to fulfillment of the objectives of holding a camp.
In addition to some manual work, the camp should provide
opportunity for community living, discussion in group and cultural
activities etc. A good camp can adopt the following daily schedule
Important activities :
i) Manual work for accomplishment of the project like construction
of small village complex, sustainable development activities
like laying out gardens, tree plantation etc. or any other project
depending on local needs and priorities.
- 5 Hours
ii) Discussion on topics like freedom struggle, character-building,
development of culture , family welfare , health and hygiene,
integration, eradication of social evils like casteism, regionalism,
dowry, untouchability, alcoholism , corruption, gambling and
superstitions; civil, social and national responsibilities of
citizens, small savings, improved agricultural practices etc.- 2 Hours
iii) Cultural programmes/community singing in the evening.
- 2 Hours
c) It is advisable that during the course of discussions on various
topics and the cultural programmes - maximum number of
villagers/residents (irrespective of their age) are provided an
opportunity to benefit from such discussion and cultural programmes.
some of them are unable to participate in the manual work, but are
interested in discussions and cultural programmes, this may be
encouraged. Cultural programmes, may, as far as possible, be of
educative value with social messages. Efforts should be made to get
some documentary films on development issues screened for the
benefit of the community.
d) It has been decided that as a part of the camp, the students
should be taken to nearby projects with a rural development content
like IRDP, NREP, ICDS, mid-day meals, adult literacy, village roads
and sanitation, rural cooperative housing activity, dairying and
husbandry, social forestry, soil and water conservation projects,
and monuments, of historical importance, to educate them about the
cultural heritage as well as economic and technological advancement
of the country. It would be necessary to spend a day for this
purpose by economising on the budget provided for Special Camping
Programme and extending the duration of the camps by 1 or 2
days. Effective coordination has to be made with State Government
and District Authorities to get all assistance in this regard.