Following on from the idea of having a one-day Buloogh Club, how about a weekend camp idea?
COEJ (Council of European Jamaats) organise such a thing and here is what one girl said after just recently coming back from one!:
“I was looking forward to the camp so much I was counting the days. Even though it was my first time away from home I wasn’t nervous.
The camp was in Milton Keynes. My mum dropped me to Milton Keynes in the car. I bought a very big suitcase with me which had lots of clothes and other things that were on the list.
We got into groups and did fun ice-breaker activities to get to know each other. There were 36 girls altogether. We played lots of games and made loom bracelets.
We slept in our sleeping bags on the floor of the mosque. It was quite comfortable. We talked for a long time after the lights went out. In the middle of the night we got up for fajr.
The next day we went to activity centre. We did rock climbing, sledging, ice sliding, bowling and shopping all in one day. When we got back we did more activities like decorating cupcakes. Then we got dressed up because it was Mehraj night.
The next day in the morning we had a buloogh workshop and we talked about dressing properly when we become baligh and what kind of clothes we should wear. We did a fashion show.
In the afternoon we went to the food bank and we helped sort out food parcels for people who don’t have enough food to eat.
On our last night we had a lovely midnight feast with lots of doughnuts and chocolate and sweets and crisps. It was amazing.
If I can I will go again next year inshallah.”
P.S. If you live places where these sorts of Buloogh Clubs/Camps don’t exist, I hope this provides the incentive to organise such a thing! I am sure the current organisers would be more than willing to share content, tips, ideas, etc if you get in touch with them 🙂
The Baligha Club website shared in the last post was born as a result of exactly that – Baligha Clubs!
This started in Peterborough and is now slowly spreading through England – it basically calls girls from 7/8-10/11 years to spend a day together (usually a Sunday over the holidays)…in total they do about 5 days spread throughout the year.
The day’s format is usually like this:
Morning – a themed seminar with lots of group work and discussions. The themes vary from topics such as Islamic Identity to Role Models to New Year Resolutions.
This is followed by Lunch and Salaat.
Afternoon – this is usually a time for arts and crafts that fit in with the theme, e.g. around New Years Resolutions they made calendars. They also do some charity work too!
At the end, the older girls graduate and receive a certificate (although they are finding that the girls don’t want to leave!).
The focus of these days is different to the buloogh classes mentioned in an earlier post – that is more about the rules and responsiblities. To put it simple, that is about nourishing the brain, and this, as one of the organisers said, is all about nourishing the soul 🙂