A bus full of little smiling faces, that is who we hosted at Treebo. This time for the third edition of Junior Checks-In on September 3rd and 4th of 2016, we collaborated with Teach For India. From various contests, we picked 25 students from a Government Primary School in Kadugodi.
The camp was set at Treebo Three Leaves, a newly launched property with Treebo, in Mysore. Everything was planned to the ‘T’ right from the goodie bags to lunch and dinner menu to events and sight-seeing. Even the music for the kids to groove to, in the bus.
Here’s a peek into the adventure of the kids from Teach for India:
The D-day arrived and late risers on the organising committee were up and ready by 6:30 am to make sure everything was in place.
At 8:30 AM on the dot, 25 bright and shining children with ringing cheers and smiles were picked up by bus.
The Bus Journey:
The 4-hour journey from Bangalore to Mysore, finally set sail to the tunes of some foot-thumping Bollywood music. As the ice broke, the kids one by one, jumped on to the aisle and started grooving to cool tunes.
While some were busy in their own world, some were chatting away and some peeping out of the window. All of them, definitely enjoying the journey.
Check-in at Treebo:
At the same time, the staff at Treebo Three Leaves were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their special guests. An air of celebration gushed in as soon as the kids arrived at the venue. They were given a VIP welcome with special welcome drinks. They were then carefully escorted to their individual Treebo rooms.
Every kid went into a gymnast mode on their super-comfy beds and performed all sorts of stunts. To commemorate their awesome efforts, they were all given some Treebo-branded T-shirts.
After many trials and tribulations, the team finally managed to drag them out of their rooms. It was time to take them lunch. Their googly eyes and growling stomachs savoured the super tasty 4-course buffet meal that also included all-they-can-eat ice-creams and desserts.
Mysore Maharaja Palace:
The first touristy destination on the list following lunch was the Mysore Maharaja Palace. The kids were given hands-on gyan on the history, lifestyle and exquisite artifacts of the royal Wadiyar Dynasty.
To add to that, the kids excitement knew no bounds when they encountered Prince Yaduveer, while he was jogging on the palace lawns. Though the kids were disappointed that we ushered them back into the bus at just 6:30 PM, their tired faces lit up with the next surprise in store.
An elaborate evening bash was laid out in the spacious lawns of Treebo Three Leaves. Many decorated stalls of pani puri, sweet corn, mehendi wala and snacks, were luring the kids towards them.
In addition, a warm and cozy bonfire was lit and the music system blared once again. By all means, the kids busted out their best dance moves, without fear this time.
An elaborate dinner was arranged on another side of the spacious landscaped garden. Not before another special surprise.
Many exciting gifts were laid out for the kids to choose. Our organisers had a really hard time handing them out to their rightful owners. All the kids excitedly and authoritatively requested for a blue pencil box or a pokemon bag or a Chota Bheem lunch box.
A yummy dinner filled their little tummies and smiles filled their hearts. The moon then came and brought with it, cool breezes and a sweet slumber.
Soothing rays were peeking through the windows, kissing everyone a good morning. The kids woke up excitedly to learn what we had in store for them on that day.
Adventures at the zoo:
A delicious breakfast welcomed everyone and the buses were in ignition, to take all of us to the famous Mysore zoo.
Checking out of the hotel and into the zoo, the kids were very excited looking at the majestic animals. After many awws and ooes, and ice-cream breaks, it was time for lunch.
Before we bid goodbye to Mysore, we made a pit stop at Empire Restaurant in Maddur. This was where 30 pre-planned exquisite veg and non-veg thalis were served to a super-hungry bunch.
The restaurant also kindly prepared fresh watermelon juice for all the kids, absolutely free of cost.
The final ride awaited us at the gates of Empire that would drop the kids off at their school in Kadugodi. Heavy hearts coupled with emotional goodbyes followed. All in all, it was one-hell of a ride.
Spending time with the kids was absolutely priceless. What was more valuable or noteworthy, was what the kids had experienced: something they never did before. The aim of Junior Checks-In is to provide an unforgettable experience to kids who cannot afford but absolutely deserve it!
Finally, these amazing memories can never be replaced but new ones can always be made. Special thanks to the Teach for India team to work closely with us in making this trip a grand success. With this in mind, we blissfully look forward to JCI-4!