Are leaders born or made? Either way, many would argue that there are fewer things more important to human activity than sound leadership. Good and effective leadership is vital to every facet of business and life. In order to inculcate this quality from young, 65 students and nine teachers from Sekolah Seri Suria embarked on a trip to Outbac Broga in Lenggeng recently for the annual ‘Suria Leadership Camp’. Spanning three days and two nights, the Surians participated in a range of activities that were geared towards the cultivation and learning of what it takes to be leaders.
The students were put in the hands of instructors who possess years of experience in conducting teambuilding and leadership camps for various schools and business organizations. The objectives of the camp were as follows;
- To instill leadership amongst participants via outdoor activities;
- To gain experiences of participants by leaving one’s own comfort zone; and
- To increase the bond between our school prefects with the moral values of helping each other while facing difficulties.
As part of instilling discipline amongst the participants, one of their tasks was to set up tables and clean up after every meal at the dining hall. With the campers being divided into two teams, namely the prefects and the monitors, the first day’s activities got underway; which included completing obstacle courses that form the ‘Outbac Race’, the challenge of making Milo using only firewood, and as dusk settled; a Campfire session that comprised fire-related activities such as a fire dance, fire breathing, fire eating, playing fireworks on the ground and even a limbo contest.
The last item of the day was the ice-breaking session which included both groups creating their respective team flags and explaining its meaning to the teachers. The night ended with the ‘Passing Balloon’ activity which tested the participants’ tendency and ability to practise teamwork.
Early the next morning before the break of dawn, was a hike up Broga Hill. From wall climbing to obstacle challenges, raft building and marching; the second day turned out to be an exhausting albeit fun-filled day. The evening ended with group presentations on the topic of ‘Who Wants to be the Prime Minister’ and a ‘Leadership Talk’ that gave the students much to ponder upon before hitting the sack.
The Camp’s third and final day involved a game of ‘Outbac Football’ that was designed to train campers to follow instructions and to stay determined in reaching their goals, both literally and figuratively. The camp concluded with a closing ceremony that saw awards and hampers being presented to the winners of each activity; a fitting way to bring the curtains down on what proved to be a thoroughly exciting, educational and enlightening excursion.