Leadership qualities have been cited as one of the main soft skills that are lacking amongst the younger generation today. With this in mind, a leadership camp was organized for the students of R.E.A.L Schools National, Shah Alam Campus on 21 and 22 January at Nur Bukit Unggul Eco Resort in Sepang. The two-day camp saw a total participation of 100 students and six teachers, all of whom got involved in a host of adventurous outdoor activities that built confidence and endurance.
Day One of the camp presented a list of five exciting modules, which included popular extreme sports such as flying fox and ‘Explorace’. The first module was designed to test and sharpen participants’ focus. Considered one of the oldest sports in the world, archery and target shooting taught the students to stay focus in order to achieve precision or accuracy. Literally trying their hand at bow and arrows for the first time was an enjoyable experience for most, with many understandably struggling to hit the target being beginners at the sport.
Up next was the Explorace event. This module honed students’ problem-solving skills while incorporating healthy competition and collaboration within their respective groups. The third module offered more of an adrenaline rush in the form of the ‘flying fox’ and obstacle race. These activities posed a unique set of challenges of their own, with students having to navigate the jungle and overcoming various obstacles in order to finish the race. These include overcoming their own fears and reservations, which was particularly true for the flying fox participants who have a fear of heights.
After a tiring but fun-filled day, the students settled down to a presentation of the themed objectives and reflected on whether they managed to achieve them during the modules had they completed earlier in the day. Day One concluded with an idyllic ‘Night Walk’ in the jungle which was ideal for the students get close to Mother Nature and appreciate her beauty and what she has to offer.
There was only one module on the final day of the camp. Module 6 simply required students to summarize their camp experience and share what they had gained or learned over the two days with their fellow participants. A simple but poignant closing ceremony followed thereafter. This leadership camp takes active learning a step further, exposing students to real-life scenarios and equipping them with useful lifelong knowledge and experience. At R.E.A.L Schools, experiential learning opportunities such as this are the norm, embedded into the curriculum to provide priceless lessons beyond books and classrooms.