Bala Vihar is a weekly gathering of children (Preschool to Grade 12) under the supervision of trained teachers. The aim of Bala Vihar is to help children bloom, grow, and inculcate values through fun-filled activities. Bala Vihar enhances the overall development of the personality of a child at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.
Children are a major focus at Frederick Chapter. The goal of Bala Vihar is to “wake up the sleeping giant” in our children and inspire them to reach their maximum potential by imparting a value-based education through a specially designed age-appropriate curriculum.
The Bala Vihar program offers weekly spiritual classes for children in their formative school years (Pre K to 12). The classes are organized by age groups, start and end with Sanskrit prayers, and include chanting, bhajans, stories of devotion and morals, interactive discussions, and creative games.
The idea is to provide an environment where the personality of the child blossoms in a spontaneous way. Good conduct, emotional refinement, intellectual finesse, social responsibility and spiritual awareness are developed by the teachers through story-telling from the Puranas and other scriptures, singing of bhajans, chanting of stotrams, games, arts and crafts, plays and other fun-filled activities. The children are encouraged to be responsible, alert and sensitive members of society.
Swami Chinmayananda believed that just as the strength of a wall depended on the quality of each brick, so too, the health of a society depended on the individuals. If the individuals are healthy, the society is healthy. His strategy for building a new society was to “Catch ’em young,” and that is what we are trying to accomplish at Frederick Chapter.
The senior Balavihar classes provide a forum for youth where they are provided an opportunity to discuss, debate and understand the logic of our religion and its tenets and to become aware of their potential. After having gained this awareness, their potential is directed into creative channels. The high school students are encouraged to volunteer in community and social service activities. Additionally, different career choices are discussed along with what it takes to be a professional in those disciplines. The aim of these classes is to prepare today’s youth to be responsible and successful adults of tomorrow.
From the youngest Madhuram class to the Chinmayam class for high school youngsters, all Bala Vihar children participate in a variety of activities. The grade in which the child is enrolled in his/her school, is the basis for placement in the appropriate Bala Vihar class.
|AM Session||Sunday||10:15 am – 12:00 pm|
|Assembly Prayers||Sunday||10:20 am – 10:50 am|
|Bala Vihar Classes for Children||Sunday||10:55 am – 11:55 am|
|Bhagavad Geeta Classes for Adults||Sunday||10:55 am – 11:55 am|
- Beginner Shloka Class 9:30 am – 10:10 am
- Advanced Shloka Class 9:30 am – 10:10 am
- Language Class 9:30 am – 10:10 am
- Yoga Session 9:30 am – 10:10 am
- Dance Class 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
** All Classes are conducted at Urbana Middle School, 3511 Pontius Ct, Ijamsville, MD 21754
Important Notes For Parents!
We expect all children to follow these rules of conduct!
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*Important Note: Please check Chinmaya Frederick chapter WhatsApp group, www.chinmayafrederick.org, FCPS homepage, WTOP News (wtop.com) for cancellations during inclement weather.
|Sun, Aug 27 2023||Ganesh Puja and Bala Vihar Open House|
|Sun, Sep 03, 2023||Labor Day Weekend – No Classes|
|Sun, Sep 10, 2023||Regular Class|
New member orientation/Language/Shloka Open House
|Sun, Sep 17, 2023||Regular Class|
|Sun, Sep 24, 2023||Regular Class|
Best attendance day starts
|Sun, Oct 01, 2023||Regular Class|
|Sun, Oct 08, 2023||Chinmaya Family Picnic (No Regular Class)|
|Sun, Oct 15, 2023||Swami Dheerananda Ji visits Frederick Chapter|
|Sun, Oct 22, 2023||Regular Class|
Common-time – Vijaya Dashami
Asvija, Shukla Dasami, ends Tue Oct 24rth, 5:44 AM
|Sun, Oct 29, 2023||Regular Class|
|Sat, Nov 04, 2023||Annual Fund Raiser|
|Sun, Nov 05, 2023||Regular Class|
|Sun, Nov 12, 2023||Regular Class|
Common-time — Sri Maha Lakshmi Puja
(Asvija – Amavasya)
|Sun, Nov 19, 2023||Regular Class|
|Sun, Nov 26, 2023||Thanksgiving Weekend – No Classes|
|Sun, Dec 03, 2023||Regular Class|
|Sun, Dec 10, 2023||Regular Class|
|Sat, Dec 16, 2023||Sampoorna Geeta Chanting|
|Sun, Dec 17, 2023||Regular Class|
Common-time — Tapovan Jayanti – Gita Jayanti
(Fri, Dec 22nd, Margasirsha Shuka Ekadasi)
|Sun, Dec 24, 2023||Christmas – No Class|
|Sun, Dec 31, 2023||New Years Eve – No Classes|
|Sun, Jan 07, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Jan 14, 2024||Regular Class|
Common-time — Sankranthi
|Sun, Jan 21, 2024||Regular Class|
Parent Teacher Conferences
|Sun, Jan 28, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Feb 04, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Feb 11, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Feb 18, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Feb 25, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Mar 03, 2024||Regular Class|
|Fri, Mar 08, 2024||Maha Shivaratri|
Fri, March 8th (Magha-Krishna-Chaturdasi)
|Sun, Mar 10, 2024||Regular Class|
(Thu, March 11th – Magha -Krishna-Chaturdasi)
|Sun, Mar 17, 2024||Regular Class|
Geeta Chanting Competition
|Sat, Mar 23, 2024||Sri Tyagaraja & Purandhara Dasa Aradhana|
|Sun, Mar 24, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Mar 31, 2024||Spring Break Weekend – No Classes|
|Sun, Apr 07, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Apr 14, 2024||Regular Class|
Common-time — Sri Rama Navami
|Sun, Apr 21, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, Apr 28, 2024||Chinmaya Family Picnic|
|Sun, May 05, 2024||Regular Class|
|Sun, May 12, 2024||Regular Class|
Common-time — Mother’s Day celebrations
Bala Vihar Annual Day – I
|Sat, May 18, 2024||Tilak Ceremony|
|Sun, May 19, 2024||Bala Vihar Annual Day – II|
|Sun, May 26, 2024||Memorial Day Weekend – No Classes|
|Sun, Jun 02, 2024||Regular Class|
|End of BV year 2023-24|