Three days of invigorating physical and mental exercises — that’s what Secondary One students from Fajar Secondary School enjoyed at a three-day adventure camp organized by City Harvest Community Services Association (CHCSA) from 30 October to 1 November 2008. Held at the MOE Labrador Adventure Campsite, the power-packed event offered exciting and enriching activities that challenged the minds of the students and their outlook in life.
The camp was off to a great start with the “Ultimate Challenge,” an Amazing Race style competition which had the students setting off in teams to various locations such as Harbourfront and Hort Park, to get to their final destination. Bonds were forged between team members as everyone raced against time to complete the route in the shortest time possible, solving puzzles at each station.
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After a good night’s rest, the second day of the camp began with a “cool” time at the swimming pool at Mount Fajar Safra Club. The students had the whole pool to themselves, the freedom and space to engage in team building games such as water polo and underwater charades. It was a unique experience for many of the students — most had never played team games in the swimming pool before.
Later on in the day, the volunteer leaders led the students to play various team-building games. Every game was specially planned to teach important life lessons. After each game, the team leader would give a short debrief and get the students to discuss what they had learned from the game.
Says Lee Kee Wei, a CHCSA volunteer leader, “One of the values which they learned through these games is team building, and that every member is important in order for the whole team to achieve success.”
Workshops under the theme “Be the best that you can be” were also conducted for the students. One such example was the workshop entitled “Sowing and Reaping,” which taught the students about actions and consequences; the students were taught how to think through and make responsible choices in life. At night, the students put into practice what they had learned and put up a skit entitled “Making The Right Choice.” The skit showcased the students’ talents and creativity. Most importantly, it showed that the students understood what they had learned.
On the last day, emotions ran high as the students gathered for team photos. There were cheers and tears as the students enjoyed the last moments of the camp together.
It was an experience that exceeded the expectations of the students. Above all, they took away values which last a lifetime.