History

How we came to be

Though first established in 2002, the Vraj Youth Committee was formally re-established in August of 2005. The first executive board was introduced, and from there, the stage was set for the future of Vraj Youth. The committee broke past its beginning obstacles and proved itself as a permanent and vital part of the Vraj family.

As a group dedicated towards Vraj and its youth, we strive to promote and protect our culture and heritage. We devote our time and volunteer efforts at Vraj events; we’ve introduced the first newsletter written by and for Vraj Youth; we manage and execute various gatherings and programs to unite and encourage Hindu youth in America.

As our organization grows, we are constantly looking for more active and interested youth to help us accomplish our goals. Do not hesitate to contact any e-board member with questions, comments and suggestions.

Mission

The Vraj Youth Committee is dedicated to preserving and nurturing the intellectual, spiritual and cultural development of Hindu youth by encouraging service to our community and broadening knowledge of our Indian heritage.

Vraj Youth Executive Board

The Vraj Youth Executive Board works hard all year long to make sure Camp and all of our events run smoothly every year. Below are the various committee’s which help make this possible.

Chairperson

Uloopi Patel, our new Chairperson, who has helped Vraj Youth grow and flourish. With her dedication to Vraj and its future, the Vraj team and community have the support they need in the on-going success of Vraj.

Vice Chairperson

Brinda Bhatt, our new Vice Chairperson, who leads alongside our Chairperson. She has helped Vraj Youth grow and has helped foster many of the relationships Vraj has today. Her dedication to the Youth and the Vraj community will help push Vraj to new heights.

Vraj Youth President

Nirali Parikh is the President of Vraj Youth. Nirali grew up with Vraj camp. She started as a camper, continued as a counselor, and then eventually head counselor. She has represented Vraj throughout her entire life, and under her leadership Vraj Youth looks to keep growing.

Vraj Youth Committees

The Vraj Youth Committees work hard all year long to put on a lot of the Vraj Youth events, as well as helping Camp operations. Below are the various committee’s and their members, who help make this possible.

Retreats

Our annual Summer & Winter Retreats let counselors of past & present come together outside of Camp to reconnect with old friends, create new friendships, and maybe learn something new. Without our Retreat committee this wouldn't be possible!

Youth Alumni: Prachi Patel
Lead: Ria Patel
Member: Dhvani Shah

Community Outreach

Our Community Outreach Committee keeps us updated on the new and exciting events Vraj Youth holds throughout the year, which help us give back to our surrounding communities.

Co-Chair: Aashka Shah & Prachi Shah
Event Coordinators: Aneri Parekh, Nisarg Shah, Rucha Shah, & Setu Shah

Public Relations

Our Public Relations Committee keeps us updated on all things Vraj throughout the year!

Lead: Rajvi Panji
Cross Committee Coordinator: Setu Shah
Social Media Coordinators: Dhruvi Shah & Tamanna Desai

Counselors

All of the fantastic counselors who come and participate at camp each and every year have to go through a rigorous process and only the best of the best are chosen by our Counselor Committee!

Youth Alumni: Megha Vyas, Milan Patel
Lead: Shivm Shah
Members: Aesha Doshi, Henal Shah, Marlie Patel, & Vishal Patel

Scholarship

Our Vraj Youth Scholarship honors and encourages well-rounded youth in their educational endeavors. The Scholarship Committee handles everything that goes into making sure kids have the best opportunity to succeed.

Youth Alumni: Jharna Mehta-Jassal, Viny Panchal

Technology

Our Technology Committee are the folks who handle everything that goes on behind the scenes from making sure our website is up to date, making sure Camp registration goes off without a hitch, and making sure everyone at Camp has the resources they need!

Youth Advisors: Raj Shah & Neal Kotak
Infrastructure, Maintenance, & Registration: Gokul Shah
Website Development: Harshil Trivedi
A/V Coordinator: Shalin Sukhia

Youth Volunteer Coordination Committee

Our Youth Volunteer Coordination Committee makes sure that our events are filled with energetic and responsible youth volunteers for Seva Day, camp transition teams, as well as temple activities and events.

Lead: Shivum Bhuta
Coordinators: Shama Antala, Pooja Shah, Rohan Patel

Camp Committees

The Vraj Camp Committees are the brains behind the magic when it comes to making sure Campers, Counselors, & Volunteers have all the necessities available to have a great camp season. They help support the Vraj Youth Committee by making sure a lasting legacy can be left for future Vraj Youth members. Below are the various committee’s which help make this possible.

Adult Retreat

You can never outgrow Vraj Camp! Come and spend an exciting week at Vraj, filled with activities geared towards campers 35 and older.

Lead: Kamini Desai-Carroll, Mallika Patel

Facilities

The facilities committee makes sure that our campers, counselors, and volunteers are comfortable during their week at camp.

Lead: Upendra Chayya

Curriculum

Our Vraj, Gujarati, and Culture Classes are fundamental to our camp. The curriculum committee works all year round to bring new and exciting ideas to the classroom.

Lead: Kalpana Jhaveri

Volunteer Coordination

Volunteer Committee searches high and low to find the best volunteers. Parents, reach out to the Volunteer Committee and sign up today!

Lead: Bina Rathod

Kitchen

You are never hungry at Vraj! The Kitchen Committee works all year around to test recipes to ensure that our campers get the tastiest food.

Lead: Suhas Sheth

Vendor Management

The Vendor Management Team makes sure that all the supplies are on hand to make our camps run smoothly. They are vital to building relationships with the local community.

Lead: Saurabh Mavani

Afternoon Activities

Summer afternoons are meant for building memories. The Afternoon Activities Committee brings creative ideas that facilitate camper, counselor, and volunteer bonding.

Lead: Asha Sanghvi

VYC Adult Committee Alumni

Hemant Patel
Kamini Desai-Carroll
Mahendra Shah
Mallika Patel
Manisha Patel
Mayank Mehta