The youth in City Harvest Church’s IC Zone came together and enjoyed a day of sun and fun at Sentosa.
Contributed By Jamie Lim
There was Bumblebee, Sunstreaker, Side Swipe, Hound, Bluestreak, Red Alert, Cliffjumper, Ironhide and more than one “hot babe” on the scene. These familiar names —taken from the famous Transformers movies—belonged to eight teams of members from the IC Zone (under the pastoral care of Ian Chong) in City Harvest Church. They were in Sentosa for a day of fun in the sun.
The fun-filled activities of July 31 began at VivoCity, Singapore’s largest shopping mall, where some 80 youths engaged in icebreaker games. The first task required them to find which team they belonged to by searching for CDs—each inked with the names of the team leader and members—in a shallow pool at the mall.
Once grouped into teams, the members ran across the bridge to Sentosa Island to begin the Lego Amazing Race. In this game, teams had to perform challenges at different stations and obtain as many Lego blocks along the way to build their “Autobot.” Points were given to the best-looking “Autobot” and how well the teams “marketed” their mascot.
The rest of the day was filled with beach activities where teams pitted their skills against one another. Games such as Captain’s Ball and Tower Charades were part of the fun. Teams were blindfolded, “gagged” and “crippled” as they got involved in a myriad of activities, which at times required them to go into the sea to retrieve objects. In a souped-up version of Captain’s Ball, participants risked of having raw eggs broken over their bodies, instead of the much-safer balls used in the regular version of the game.
The highlight of the day was the war game. Each group had to build a mascot using a hula-hoop and newspapers. The aim was to guard and protect each team’s mascot while attempting to destroy other team mascots. Cheers and laughter erupted every now and then throughout the game as teams pitted their wit and diversionary skills against one another. The winning team walked away with a S$100 Ben & Jerry’s voucher, while second and third places were awarded S$70 and S$50 vouchers.
By the end of the day old friendships had grown even tighter, and new friendships were forged. For the planning committee, the event was a definite success. Organizer Rolland Teo, 22, an undergraduate, said, “Although there were only three of us in the committee, we are glad that we pooled in more than 80 students together for a day of fun. We want to see a revival of God happening in our schools but for that to happen, relationships must be built first. And I believed that we have achieved that purpose through this event. God is good!”
For Tan Kok Keng, 21, a student, he was glad that the different backgrounds of the people did not deter anyone from having a good time. “It was truly amazing to see how differences took a backseat and bonding of friendships took place amidst all the fun and laughter,” he said.