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2017 Gurmat Retreat: Those who walked the path

In one of the workshops at SYANA Gurmat Retreat we will learn from our glorious past of Sikh History, of Singhs and Kaurs that sacrificed their all to walk on this difficult path. How they dealt with adversity, and challenged the status quo. Santbir Singh will regale you with the stories of sikhs from the Guru’s period, the times of the Misl, Khalsa Raj, and even contemporary times. These examples of historical figures will illustrate how time and time again, gursikhs have been inspired by Gurbani to walk on the edges of swords.

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2017 Gurmat Retreat: Gurbani Veechar

Wondering what SYANA Gurmat Retreat is all about? Here’s one of the workshops planned: ⠀

The theme shabad for the retreat is the 14th pauri of Anand Sahib: ⠀

ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਚਾਲ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ॥⠀
Bhagathaa Kee Chaal Niraalee ||⠀
ਚਾਲਾ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ਭਗਤਾਹ ਕੇਰੀ ਬਿਖਮ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਚਲਣਾ ॥⠀
Chaalaa Niraalee Bhagathaah Kaeree Bikham Maarag Chalanaa ||⠀
ਲਬੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਤਜਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਬੋਲਣਾ ॥⠀
Lab Lobh Ahankaar Thaj Thrisanaa Bahuth Naahee Bolanaa ||⠀
ਖੰਨਿਅਹੁ ਤਿਖੀ ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ਏਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਜਾਣਾ ॥⠀
Khanniahu Thikhee Vaalahu Nikee Eaeth Maarag Jaanaa ||⠀
ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਜਿਨੀ ਆਪੁ ਤਜਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਵਾਸਨਾ ਸਮਾਣੀ ॥⠀
Gur Parasaadhee Jinee Aap Thajiaa Har Vaasanaa Samaanee ||⠀
ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਚਾਲ ਭਗਤਾ ਜੁਗਹੁ ਜੁਗੁ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ॥੧੪॥⠀
Kehai Naanak Chaal Bhagathaa Jugahu Jug Niraalee ||14||⠀

This interactive workshop will allow participants to understand and explore the meanings and myriads of translations through discussions. Shabads from gurbani that expand on this general theme: the path of the saintly ones, the qualities that make a bhagat and how it is possible to attain them will be introduced by the moderators to provide a comprehensive understanding of the topic.⠀

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2017 SYANA Camp Registration Opens Tonight

Registration Opens Tonight!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Just a reminder registration will be opening tonight at 8:30 pm!!

Remember, spots are limited and fill up quickly, so please be sure to register in time.

Please have the following information on hand for registration:

– Valid credit card (in the United States, you can opt for ACH)
– Health insurance info
– Any allergies
– Prescription medication

Please email us at camp@sikhyouthalliance.org with any questions.

We look forward for another amazing year at camp!!


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2017 SYANA GURMAT CAMP Registration Opening Soon!

Registration Opening Soon!

Camp Registration Opens May 10th @ 8:30pm

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sikh Youth Alliance of North America (SYANA) is excited to announce this year’s Gurmat camp will be held from July 2nd to July 8th at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI – approx. 60 minutes outside of Detroit.

Online registration will open next week on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at www.sikhyouthalliance.org/camp. We will be sending out more information on the registration process in the upcoming days.

The annual Gurmat camp has always been SYANA’s flagship endeavor, aimed at giving Sikh youth across North America exposure and access to the Guru’s message, in the hopes of inspiring a life-long commitment to the Sikh way of life.

For over 40 years, SYANA has provided Sikh children across North America with a 1 week summer experience that immerses the youngest members of our Panth in Keertan, Paath, Gurmat, History classes, and most importantly, the benefits of Guru-oriented Sangat.

SYANA Gurmat Camp returns for its third year to Camp Copneconic. Situated on 750 wooded acres around Lake Copneconic, the campsite offers a variety of programming including high ropes courses, archery, ziplines and water activities. A serene and natural atmosphere with dorm-like accommodations will help make sure our campers are comfortable throughout their stay.  We have had great success at this campsite in the past few years and will continue to improve the already amazing camp experience by offering more personalized attention to each one of our campers.

This yearly event aims to bring together Sikh youth from across North America to an environment where the Sikh way of life can be experienced. Immersed in the inspiring traditions of the Sikh faith, these youth capture a glimpse of the Guru’s message in the hopes of encouraging a love for the Sikh path. The camp is structured to encourage relationships that strengthen a spiritual experience through Sangat. In spending a week together, youth create friendships that last a lifetime.

We hope to welcome both veteran and new campers into a week-long adventure of Sikhi-inspired fun and learning.

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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2017 Gurmat Retreat Registration Now Open


Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

The Sikh Youth Alliance of America (SYANA) is excited to announce this year’s annual Gurmat retreat will be held from Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29, 2017. This annual retreat aims to bring together young Sikh adults, ages 18-30, from all over North America. It is with Shabad Veechar, Gurmat based discussions, and peer-induced self reflection that we hope to create an environment leading to individual growth and Panthic progress.

Details of this year’s retreat are as follows:

When: May 26-May 29, 2017
Where: YMCA Camp Storer, Jackson, MI
Who: Young Sikh adults, ages 18-30
Why: Because you make good decisions 🙂

This year’s retreat will focus on the unique and distinct lifestyle of the Sikh collective:

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SYANA 2016 Gurmat Camp: Updates from Day Two and Three

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaaheguru JI Ki Fateh!

SYANA Gurmat campers had such a blast these past two days! We did a lot of fun and exciting activities and workshops with the campers. On Tuesday, the A and B group campers had the option of participating in the high ropes course and the zip line. The C, D, and E groups had the option of doing reptiles and hikes. Today, the campers participated in water activities! The A groupers went canoeing, the B groupers went tubing, and the C and D groupers participated in inflatable water activities!

Furthermore, our annual Tuesday Keertan Durbar was a HUGE success! We had over 55 campers ready to do their Shabad by the second day of camp!! This was such a huge accomplishment for both the campers and Keertan teachers!

 Lastly, during divans the campers listened to divan talks done by our youth teachers. The first divan talk was on divan protocol where the campers learned about how to behave in a Guru’s Darbar and the purpose of divans. The second divan talk was about Karah Parshaad (Degh). In this divan talk, the campers learned the significance of Degh and the process of making it. The third divan talk was on Ardaas. During this talk, the campers learned what the word “Ardaas” meant and went through the history of Ardaas and all the Shaheeds!

 These past few days have been filled with learning, inspiration, and SO much energy!

 Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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SYANA 2016 Gurmat Camp: Day One is Over!

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Day one has wrapped up and we have a lot to tell you! Yesterday after our first divan of #syana2016 we divided into groups for ice breakers where the campers got to know each other. After ice breakers, we got back together for our annual activity — A Pugh’s Life (A dastaar tying activity)!!! During this activity, campers got the chance to learn how to take care of their kes and practice tying different styles of dastars.

Today was the very first day of classes where the kids began learning about Sikh Rehit Maryada, Sikh History from 1700-1800s, Gatka, and Keertan. In the Sikh Rehit Maryada classes, campers delved into what qualities make a good Sikh and how a good Sikh should behave. Similarly, the campers discussed what it meant to have a daily discipline and what it means to have a personal living. Group B and C did a fun activity where they had to come up with group rules and guidelines. The campers quickly realized that creating these disciplines was a difficult task. Creating a few rules and regulations for roughly 35 campers was difficult enough, imagine how much time and communication it must have taken to create the Rehit Maryada!

In the second class, the campers were introduced to Sikh History from the 1700-1800s. This was around the time where Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s physical form left this world and the Guru Ganth and Guru Panth were established. The campers also learned about Banda Singh Bahadar’s life, accomplishments, and after his shaheedi when Sikhs had to retreat into the jungles because there was a price on their heads! Moreover, the instructors highlighted the importance of staying in chardi kala during these hard and dark times and always being in discipline! Group B Sikh History campers did an activity where they had to imagine they were the Sikh soldiers living in the jungle and had to live without food or family for weeks. If these Sikhs had the opportunity to send a letter home to their families, what would they say? After getting into the mindset of these Sikhs and writing the letters, the campers talked about staying in chardi kala and always being positive!

In Gatka Class, Groups A and B were split into two groups. The first group worked on footwork and range of attack. The second group practiced shastar vidya and the panthra, the Gatka warm-up. The techniques learned are fundamental basics which will help the campers advance and create a better Sant Sipahi lifestyle!

Last but not least, the campers had keertan class. During this class, the campers are taught a shabad which they will have to recite during divan. This year, our shabad is:

ਤਿਸੁ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਕੰਉ ਹੰਉ ਸਦਾ ਨਮਸਕਾਰੀ ਜੋ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਭਾਣੈ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਚਲਿਆ ।੧੮।

This Gursikh Kau, Hau Sada Namaskara, Jo Gur Kai Bhaanai Gurasikh Chaliaa |18|

This shabad, written by Guru Raam Das Ji, discusses how those GurSikhs who walk on the path of Sikhi and walk towards Vaheguru are forever blessed! Each day, campers learn one tukh of the shabad and by the end of the week, the campers should understand and know the meaning of the whole shabad! So, make sure you ask your kids about the theme shabad!!

The campers were full of energy and ready to learn a lot today! We can’t wait to send you more updates throughout the week!

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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SYANA Gurmat Camp 2016 is almost here!

ਤਿਸੁ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਕੰਉ ਹੰਉ ਸਦਾ ਨਮਸਕਾਰੀ ਜੋ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਭਾਣੈ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਚਲਿਆ ॥੧੮॥

Parents – please make sure to share with your children

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Hopefully your packing is underway as you get ready for #SYANA2016. As you are packing your things – a few reminders:

1. Please make sure to bring your own vaaja. If you want to capitalize on your time with your keertan teacher, it is important you have your own vaaja for class.

2. Don’t forget your water bottles – it is important to keep drinking water all day to avoid heat exhaustion and using a reusable bottle helps save the world one plastic cup at a time 🙂

3. All campers must keep their heads covered. Please make sure to bring enough dastaars, ramaals or chunnis for this.

4. It is expected that every camper will stay the entire duration of camp through July 9th. We will not entertain requests to leave early from the campsite

5.  We do have water activities available at the campsite. Please make sure to bring appropriate swim attire if you plan on participating. We do ask that all Singhs and Kaurs wear shorts and shirts with their swim gear

6. We received input from all of you regarding allergies on your registration forms. If you have any further allergies/dietary restrictions you forgot to mention to us, please send us an email at info@sikhyouthalliance.org

7. Registration begins Sunday, July 3rd at 2:00 pm and Divaan begins at 5:00 pm – please try to arrive on time to give yourself ample time to set up before divaan starts.

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Chardhi Kala!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh


Info for parentsBecause of campsite rules, parents and visitors will not be allowed on the campsite at any time, other than pickup and drop off times. There are no exceptions, so please be mindful of these restrictions. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.


Dastaar ImageNot sure how to put them to good use? Don’t fear – SYANA camp is here! Donate your old Dastaars to the camp and receive a momentary feeling of Anand as you help the next generation of Kaurs and Singhs experience the identity and uniform of the Guru.

Please bring washed old Dastaars to the camp so they can be used for our Sunday event: “Its a Pugh’s life!”

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