The first day began with introduction session where Ms. Shraddha Sheth introduced Oakbrook Business School(OBS) , its vision, mission and about various activities conducted by OBS over the course of time. She thereafter gave a brief presentation on the concept of entrepreneurship, the characteristics of entrepreneur, the factors required to succeed in life by giving examples of various successful entrepreneurs like Ratan Tata, Mark Zuckerberg, Dhirubhai Ambani etc.
Subsequently, the session was taken over by Mr. Chandramauli Pathak. The first day of the Summer Camp started with an enthusiastic note by Mr. Chandramauli Pathak. He introduced himself to the participants and urged them to interact with each other. He started the camp with interacting activity of making name tags.
Aspirations and Expectations of Campers:
“Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.”——-Sugar Ray Leonard
The students were asked to make their own ID Card on which they had to write their name alongwith an adjective that described them. The students did the activity with great engagement as they used lot of colors and put in their artistic ability to make their ID cards. The students were engaged in the activity called “Microlab”, in which they were distributed in group and made to introduce themselves to each of the participants. This made them comfortable with each other and interact heartily. The students were then asked to visualize themselves in future and asked about their aspirations. The students interacted with each other greatly and had a fun time.
Creative Ability and Colorful Ideas
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.——Scott Adams
In the next session, students were asked to draw a success ladder, where they wrote about their present caliber and their aims after three years, five years and ten years respectively. This ladder showed about their thinking and their ambitions. The students were then asked weigh down their points and make another ladder which depicts their expectations from the summer camp.
Another session for today was collage making. The students were given a number of magazines and newspapers from which they had to cut-out pics, slogans, lines or headlines that inspired them and depicted their motives.The students enjoyed the session and made beautiful collage bags from the material given to them.
The last activity for the day was “Ring-toss” activity. In this game the participants were allowed to choose their desired distance and throw the ring on the desired target. After the game they were asked why they chose a particular distance. The game was given a more exciting twist by putting in rewards for every distance level. This enabled the students to learn about risky management, focus, confidence and team-spirit. The students highly enjoyed the first day of the camp and were excited to attend the next day of the camp. Mr. Pathak then put the scores of the game on the board and discussed with the students about their performance and told them the relation between success and feeling are entwined together. He explained students that an entrepreneur should weigh all the pros and cons of a situation before plunging into it and takes calculated risk. He stated various characteristics of a good entrepreneur such as risk taking, goal-setting, genuine effort, environment setting, team-work and capabilities. He further told the students that an entrepreneur always tries to achieve his/her target via innovative measures.
Learning with fun
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.—Benjamin Franklin
Summer Camp: Day TWO, 27th May
The second day of the summer camp was initiated by Dr. Nivedita Srivastava. She addressed the students about the topic, “Between response and stimulus, there is always a choice”. The students were shown a short film on the same topic. It depicted that every situation has different ways of reacting to it, we have to choose the right way and steer the situation in a positive end. The students then discussed about the topic and what they learnt from it.
Perceptions and Reality
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.—John C. Maxwell
The next session was taken by well known theatre personality, Mr. Kabir Thakore. He engaged the students in playing various games that made the students to interact with each other and shed their inhibitions. He asked the students to be expressive and vocal about themselves. He made them interact with each other in innovative ways. The students played the game of assumptions and reality where their perceptional power was tested and enhanced.
The students played numerous games which included Trust- Fall, Mirror Image, number games, and several other games that were not only thoroughly enjoyed by the participants but also let them open up, interact, induce alertness, listening, expressing and developing creative ability of the students. The students were highly interactive and engaging during this session.
Trust and free-spirit
The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.—Gisele Bundchen
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.—Steve Jobs
The next session was conducted by Mr. Chandramauli Pathak. He addressed the students on the topic of creativity. He explained them what creativity is and how can it be induced. He played several games and explained students to develop a creative bent of mind by giving them a number of examples and making them understand practically by games. He then asked the students to create bookmarks on the topic of “Environmental Awareness”, and gave them freedom to use all sorts of materials and put in all creative ideas they could endure. The students enjoyed this session greatly. Mr. Pathak concluded his session by giving a presentation on Creativity and explained the students about the factors that are hindrances in being creative. He told the students that India lags behind in the field of innovation than several countries of the world and we have several barriers that hamper our creativity namely emotional blockage, environmental blockage and cultural blockage. He advised the students to shed their inhibitions and keep trying to achieve a creative mind.
Summer Camp: Day four, 29th May 2014
Dare to Dream
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.—–Robert Kennedy
The fourth day of the summer camp was regulated by Mr. Ajay Dixit. He started the session by a brief introduction of each of the students. He then moved on to the topic of problem solving attitude. He said that people have different attitudes of looking at things differently, he then showed the students a presentation about ‘Daring attitude’, and advised the students to inculcate it and push their limits and bring forth change. He asked the students to give their 100% and set their altitude by such daring attitude.
Set high Goals
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.—-Henry Ford
The next session was started by talking about Developed and Developing countries. Mr. Dixit explained the difference between the two types and various factors that make a country developed. He then listed the golden rules such as ethics, Integrity, responsibility, respects to laws, punctuality and many more which lead to success and thereby overall development.
The students were then engaged into playing a Tower building game in which they were asked to set a target of building a tower out of cubes and many constraints were laid upon them such as blindfolding them and using their non-functional hand. The students were also asked to predict their scores and then their actual scores were compared with the predicted ones. This game enabled the students an ability to know their strengths and their capacity to perform under pressure. These attributes are extremely necessary for being a successful entrepreneur.
The ABC’s are attitude, behavior and communication skills.——Gerald Chertavian
The next session had all the students gripped into concentration developing exercise and communication skills building. Each of the students were given different case studies and were asked to talk about various factors that made the case extraordinary according to them. The students expressed their views and with great confidence and creativity. This exercise helped them to fortify their communication skills.