When we collectively agreed upon celebrating an annual meet for jeepers, we were all excited and tons of preparations happened.
4th Dec 2021, the first Saturday of the last month for the year marks a special day for the Bangalore Jeep Club. The meet was at Discovery Village Resort, Nandi Hills Road, Bangalore
A prelude to the event started 10 days before the D-Day. Excitement kept building everyday amongst the participants. Jeep themed social media contests kept jeepers busy rifling through their galleries for contest appropriate pictures and videos.
And the most awaited day arrived. 48 Jeeps, 81 jeepers, 27 kids… this was a treat to watch jeeps rolling into the resort’s exclusive parking lot. The organizing team was already on ground to welcome fellow Jeepers. Banners and posters were erected. The Resort Manager took the organizing team around the property to brief about the place and venue so we could assist our members and their family / friends at every step.
Jeepers greeting one another, exchanging pleasantries was a sight to behold. The community is connected to each other on online platforms, but when we finally met each other in person is an excitement that knew no bounds.
Amidst the lush greenery, tucked away in the woods was the Glass Room overlooking the beautiful adventure camp site, was our food point for the day. Breakfast table was buzzing with chitter chatter, selfies, distribution of BJC clips all while also relishing the wholesome breakfast spread.
We later gathered at Ground 1 where the day’s activities were planned. A welcome note followed by a formal self-introduction from every Jeeper, helped us have a face to our fellow members and families. Our volunteers took over and started with games for children. Games themed on the recent famous squid game and blending it to #Jeeplife like word scrambler for little ones; green light – red light (changed to headlight – taillight); the Jeep Star honeycomb for adults; a tug of war with Jeep and finally the seven-slot marble golf concluded with a few fillers before the resort team took over to conduct their games. The winners were awarded with BJC merchandise and vouchers for Jeep merchandise.
Meanwhile, a few jeepers went to explore the resort with some adventures on ropeway, swimming, tennis, board games etc…
The resort team started with some indoor energizing and team building fun games for all, after a quick 5 minutes juice break.
Before heading to lunch, BJC rolled out the “Duck Duck Jeep’ custom, which is a new custom started globally by Jeepers. The ducks are often left with a note, telling the owner they’ve been ducked and they have to pass the duck along with a message -to join the Bangalore Jeep Club or follow us on Instagram for more Jeep adventures.
The ducks were distributed amongst our BJC members to start this custom in our region.
Members were treated to a lavish cake spread, two of our Jeeper couples celebrated their wedding anniversaries with cakes they got for us and BJC’s Annual Day cake along with distributing beautiful and sporty jeep caps for our kiddo jeepers…….. what a better way to head for lunch. A lavish lunch spread was awaiting us. Lunch was served in 2 different, open restaurants overlooking the lush greenery around.
While some jeepers went for a short drive around the resort, some were seen exploring the property, adventure games, a few others were seen taking a quick nap after a sumptuous meal, and some were networking, while some Jeepers chugged down the winding, hilly roads leading to the Resort for a content shoot with a convoy of colorful Jeeps.
We all gathered back at Ground 1 for the star event of the day…
Ben Carson said “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give”
Rakshana Charitable Trust is an NGO working for child development for the underprivileged. Children from the Trust joined in our celebrations and treated us to some melodious prayers and songs. It was a treat to watch these kids display their talents. The Jeep community contributed generously to support the Trust in taking care of these enterprising children. A cheque of Rs. 60,001/- was handed over to them. Some Jeepers distributed gifts, sweets, and stationary too. Their Manager was ever grateful to the support rendered. It was a touching moment for all of us.
A smallest act of kindness can make the biggest impact.
All good things come to an end, and we too got ready to wind up for the day with tea and snacks for the kids from the Trust and us.
As the day came to an end, we were already planning the next Jeep trail.
No Jeep Trail is complete without expressing our love and gratitude for the support received from Jeep India.