Eighteen stimulating sessions spread over three days at the scenic hillside Mahatma Residential School in Alagar Koil, Madurai, would be etched in the memory of 56 students from 12 colleges . They were part of a RYLA programme organised by RC Madurai West, D 3000.
“We learnt team management through games riddled with brain teasers. I personally got to know how to synchronise personal and team goals,” says T Ramanathan (21) from Madura College who was crowned ‘Mr RYLA.’
It was an exercise in building self-esteem, creative thinking, heritage values and leadership skills, the highlight being ‘experimental learning’ through management games and activity that taught participants how to optimise energy to achieve their dreams. Deepak, a facilitator from National Adventure and Leadership School, Coimbatore, gave a peek into the intricacies of group dynamics and how leadership traits can be effectively implemented for better results.
A campfire opened the gateway for the collegians to showcase their skills and trekking on the Alagar Koil hills offered a mix of fun and adventure.
Summing up the mood, ‘Ms RYLA’ M Kalaivani (23) from Agricultural College says that the camp taught her to express her views confidently in a group and has boosted up her self-confidence. Pilot Faculty T Ravee and RYLA Chairman Ravi Paarthasarathy coordinated the event. It was curtains with parting tips from PDG R Rajaram.