BIS #7053 ‘Come and See’ Camp at DBL

By Mr Hansel Fernandes for BISMumbai

On 9 September 2023, Don Bosco, Lonavla, hosted a two-day 'Come and See' camp for schoolboys who are considering joining the Aspirantate in the upcoming year. The event had 60 boys participating from the Salesian institutions of Borivli, Alirajpur, Wadala, and others from the Vasai region.

The campers arrived at 10 a.m., and they gathered in the chapel after a quick breakfast. There they were warmly welcomed by Fr Blany Pinto, the Rector. He outlined the camp's primary goal, encouraging interaction with aspirants so that they could gain insight into their lives. Fr Velasli Bandya, the Province Vocation Animator, and Fr Joyston Machado introduced the staff and volunteers.

Following that, the campers were divided into teams, and icebreakers were organised. This helped them to shake off their timidity and launch wholeheartedly into the activities of the camp. After lunch, they were introduced to the vocation of the Salesian Brother and they interacted with the Brothers in their respective groups. There were eight Brothers who shared their vocation stories and their apostolate. 

In the evening, after various fun and engaging games were organised, all gathered for a solemn Eucharistic Celebration. During his homily, Fr Machado referred to biblical figures illustrating how God's calling varies for each person and urging the boys to embrace their own callings. The day culminated with a heartwarming family gathering, where both aspirants and campers showcased their talents through music, skits, and dances. 

The following day commenced with a solemn Holy Mass. In the morning, the aspirants shared their schedule and the activities in the boarding with the campers, which was followed by a question and answer session. This was followed by an enlightening session on the life of Don Bosco and the Salesian ministry. This served to acquaint the boys with Don Bosco's life and the essence of the Salesian mission. Post-lunch, they engaged in an hour of tournaments, followed by leisure activities. At around 4:00 in the evening, the camp drew to a close.

The camp was thoroughly enjoyed by all the campers. One of the participants, Keith Mota said, “This was a fun camp because of the events and opportunities that it gave us”.