During the Nov and Dec school holidays, High Achievers (HA) will organise camps to toughen up the kiddos. Daddy, together with Winston and Carolyn, was invited to trial High Achievers‘ D.A.R.E outdoor campsite at Jalan Bahtera.
To quote from High Achievers :
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Make the best of your school holidays with the High Achievers’ D.A.R.E. (Do, Apply, Reflect, Excel) Camps. Based on the renowned experiential learning method of Do, Reflect & Apply and combined with the best of outdoor education, participants achieve Resilience, Concentration, Confidence and Life Skills.
The challengers today might not be so “young” anymore, but we are eager to relieve our childhood dreams explore what the kids will be experiencing during their camps.
With the wall facing us, we have to set our own Goal. Joe emphasis the importance of setting goals before we embark on our journeys. With a Goal in mind, we know our purpose, we persevere, and we motivate ourselves to reach higher peaks.
Under the guidance of our instructors (Nicholas, Algin and Joe, first photo black-polos from left to right), we take the first vertical stride. The wall is 18m (seven storeys) high, but when you are dangling halfway and looking down, it definitely feels much higher !
It is harder to discuss milestones with younger kids, so experienced instructors will bring the message across from another perspective. Example if students face difficulty with homework, instructors will provide clues on how students can better cope with their homework.
Did Daddy mention some of the grips are purposely loosen, which makes it almost impossible to grip! We are forced to navigate another path.
Instructors will shout instructions from below, “Aim for the orange rock on your right!”, “Lift your left leg higher!”. YES, Daddy heard them, and know where he wanted to reach, but somehow, the limbs refuse to coordinate !
After the climb, we have a debrief and participants are encouraged to narrate their own experience. In short :
- Daddy had an initial path (plan), but things did not work out.
- It is normal to encounter delays and detours.
- Thanks to friends encouragement and our own perseverance, we can still achieve our objective.
They call this the PlayPen, but Daddy is sure it will not be so Fun when you are stuck up there. We have to work as a two-man team to haul each other to the top, then overcome the obstacles in midair.
Daddy chided Wen Wei and Wen Kang for not trying hard enough at their Bedok rock wall adventure. Today, Daddy almost could not reach his first objective ooops. Daddy is guilty of giving too little credits to the kids.
We are sure your kids will fare better than us, and the various camps schedules are available at High Achievers’ website.
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We would like to take this opportunity to thanks the team from High Achievers for DARing us, and SomeKindOfWonderful for the event coordination.
From now till end 30Sep, take a photo of yourself on High Achievers’ 3D obstacle floor image at the following shopping centres (Northpoint, Bedok Point, or Yew Tee Point) and stand to win a camp package worth $850.