Pakistan Needs a Seliger of its Own

A couple of months ago, while interacting with my friend in Pakistan, I was introduced to the Seliger Youth Forum – a camping/educational event, organized around the beautiful Lake Seliger in Russia.


I pounced on this opportunity of not only visiting Russia, a country that was for long on my travel wish list, but also meeting my friend after a long time. After landing in Moscow, we were taken to Seliger, some 300 miles from Moscow, in special buses that were waiting for us at the metro station.

We reached Seliger Lake and the camping site early morning and were soon given a tour of the whole camping facility that was made up of thousands of small personal tents, lecture tents, eating facilities, and most importantly, a Wifi facility.

Photo courtesy of Farooq Yousaf.

The seven day experience at Lake Seliger consisted of waking up early in the morning with the Russian national anthem and music in old-style military speakers, followed by morning exercise, and then the breakfast.

After breakfast, there were a series of educational lectures until 8 pm that were held both in Russian and in English by famous speakers on various topics, ranging from self-help to business studies. The lectures were followed by a daily evening meeting at the center stage and an extra-curricular activity or a game played by many participants. These games were instrumental in bringing together people from different countries and motivated them to interact with one another.