NSS Regional Directorates organises Adventure Camp usually at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, Manali (Solan). Volunteers explore adventure and encourage fitness. At Adventure camps volunteers learn the benefits of being fit and healthy. Advanced techniques like rappelling is the main attraction of the Adventure Camp. Volunteers learn team spirit at the camp. The motto of NSS “Not Me But You”, is maintained and followed by the volunteers as it reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for self-less service.


National Integration Camps is organised by State Liaison Cell, NSS of the host state. It is held in the college campuses of that state. Nomination from Universities are invited for Yoga, Meditation, Cultural Exchange Programmes, Personality Development training programmes by the experts. Competitions like debate, poster and essay writing are the main attractions during National Integration Camps.


Pre-Republic Day Camps are organised by Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in five zones of the country. Every year NSS Centre selects volunteers from University of Delhi to represent state of Delhi at Pre-RD Parade Camp. In the Pre-RD Camp of 10 days duration the various selection procedures are adopted to select the best volunteers. A rigorous training of parade practice is arranged for the volunteers to show the talents and capability for perfect marching/drilling. In each camp 200 volunteers participate from the states falling under the zone. The final selection is made by a National Level Selection Committee duly formulated by the Ministry.


Republic Day Parade Camps have been proved a boon for the personality development of student youth of the country.  The volunteers are imparted training in leadership development and parade apart from organising various socio-cultural programmes. The RD Camp brings a MINI INDIA to the nation’s capital from 1st-31st January every year. It provides ample opportunities to the NSS volunteers not only to interact among themselves but also to learn and know the tradition, custom, culture, language of other states. These volunteers, after a month long stay in the camp, are able to present themselves in a better way and develop a bond of patriotism, national integration, brotherhood, communal harmony which is the ultimate goal of the camp. Every year Volunteers from University of Delhi get selected after going through due selection procedure provided by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.         
The RD Camp includes morning Assembly, Shramdan, Yoga, Physical Training, Community Singing, Parade Practice, Lectures, Discussions, Quiz, Debate and evening Cultural programmes. The camp is managed entirely by the student volunteers and contingent leaders. The participation in Republic Day Parade on 26th January is considered as a matter of great pride for the student youth. It is also treated as recognition of the selfless community service rendered by the NSS volunteers throughout the country.

Special Camping forms an integral part of National Service Scheme. It has special appeal to the youth as it provides unique opportunities to the students for group-living collective experience sharing and constant interaction with community.

Special Camps are organised generally on various developmental issues of national importance.

  • Swachhta Abhiyaan
  • Self Defence Training
  • Digital India
  • Cancer Awareness Programme
  • Disaster Management and Civil Defence
  • Environment


The National Youth Festival in India is an annual gathering of youth with various activities planned including competitive ones. It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda, it is organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in collaboration with one of the State Governments. Thus it is held in a different state each year during National Youth Week, 12 to 16 January.
The youth festival aims to propagate the concept of national integration, spirit of communal harmony, brotherhood, courage and adventure amongst the youth by exhibiting their cultural prowess in a common platform. This is done by organizing gatherings of youth across the country and encouraging them to take part in different activities. Crucial components of the National Youth Festival are the competitive events. To compete at the national level, the young talents perform their level best. This festival provides a nationwide exposure to the youth for the expression and fulfilment of their cultural talents and aspirations.