Year 7 and Year 9 students boarded their buses with great excitement last week as they headed off for their Outdoor Adventure Day at Sarimbun Scout Camp. Sarimbun is one of the biggest outdoor facilities in Singapore, and on arrival it feels like you have left the city far behind. Despite not being able to cross any borders, our adventurers felt like they had entered a different world full of tall trees, ponds and wide open, green spaces.
Having fun outdoors and working together on challenges were the main aims of the programme. Year 7 students took part in a rotation of four activities, including low ropes challenges 'Entanglement', 'Whale Watch' and 'Web-Phobia'; a fierce battle of archery tag; and orienteering challenges around the camp. But the day's highlight had to be the water slide, where students tucked in their knees and elbows to slide waist-deep into a muddy lake called the Milo Pond.
Year 9 also tackled the low rope challenges, but their activities were scaled up to include outdoor cooking on a real fire and raft-building. Students proved their tenacity and teamwork in the challenge to get their teams across the muddy Milo Pond without falling in... some groups had greater success than others!
This week marked the last of our KS3 adventure days at the camp with Year 8, who tackled their year group challenge of building a bridge across the infamous Milo Pond. Some ad hoc engineering meant a dip in the pond was inevitable, but students' willingness to get wet certainly impressed the instructors.
All the students had a fun-filled adventure where they disconnected from devices and collaborated with one another in the rejuvenating, natural environment. The friendly facilitators at Sarimbun thoroughly enjoyed working with our students and teachers; we would like to thank all those who helped to make it such a great experience. We are looking forward to venturing further afield as the travel situation evolves, in the meantime it has been fantastic to see the children's delight as they shared exciting outdoor adventures with their friends.