Gurmat Camp July 3 - 9, 2022

At the heart of SYANA is our week-long Sikh Gurmat camp. 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. For over 40 years, SYANA has provided Sikh children with a 1 week summer endeavor, involving the youngest members of our Panth in Keertan, Paath, Gurmat, History, and most importantly, the benefits of Guru-oriented Sangat.

SYANA Gurmat Camp takes place at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI. 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.

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.

F.A.Q.

Sunday June 3, 2022 to Saturday July 9, 2022

SYANA Gurmat Camp is hosted in partnership wtih YMCA Camp Copneconic  at 10407 North Fenton Road, Fenton Twp, MI 48430, MI. 

The campsite was chosen for its many team building activities, serene atmosphere and variety of services. 

Registration fees are $300 USD and cover registration, lodging, activities, camp t-shirt, food, and awards. SYANA attempts to make programming available to as many children as possible, and the fees are set at below cost. If financial assistance is needed, please contact info@sikhyouthalliance.org

The YMCA Camp Copneconic offers a variety of activities and amenities at the campsite. Mornings and evenings are often cooler and afternoons can warm up significantly. The following is a list of suggested items for camp – please make sure to label all belongings:

Clothes for one week – Long pants need to be worn during divaan so please plan accordingly Jacket or sweater Swimsuit or swimming trunks (There is a lake and swimming activities are available at camp) Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.) Turban/putka/chunni/scarf (All campers will need to keep their head covered throughout the day. All boys will need to tie a turban/dastaar each day; please bring one appropriately sized for their head) Prescription medicines – if needed (All medicines will be handed over to the camp doctors for the duration of the camp) Sneakers Rainboots (Parts of the camp have dirt trails, and in rain can become muddy) Bed sheets, blanket (or sleeping bag), and pillow Towels (bath and hand) Laundry bag Tissues Flashlight Pencil, pen, and notebook Insect repellent Sunscreen

No candy, gum or snacks are allowed. Also – cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices are not allowed during classes and workshops.

Please email your flight itinerary to info@sikhyouthalliance.org no later than Saturday June 18th. After this point, we are unable to arrange transportation from the airport to the campsite. Please book all flights into and out Flint, MI (FNT)  or Detroit, MI (DTW)  Flights should be scheduled to arrive in the morning of Sunday, July 3rd  and depart in the late afternoon/evening of Saturday, July 9th.

Camp officially starts on Sunday, July 3. Registration and arrival is from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

The last day of camp is Saturday, July 9th. There will be no final day program open to parents and pick up is between 12 pm to 1 pm.

We recommend you only attempt to contact your child during meal and break times as they will not have cell phones available to them during class. The best contact number to reach a Sevaadaar during camp is Inderpal Singh at (847) 226.0690 or Mandeep Singh (314) 537.5669

Due to campsite restrictions, all adult volunteers at the campsite outside of the pickup and drop off days must have official background checks to be on campgrounds. As such, we cannot accommodate visitors in and out of the campsite.