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 (also known as Sarimbun scout campsite).
Through outdoor activities like kayaking, wall climbing, and even campfire. HA hopes to build up confidence, independence, resiliency and leadership skills into the young ones.
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 !
Mistakes are fine, it is more important to pick ourselves up and learn from the experience.
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.
From the drawings, our instructors can tell us about our strong and weak points, and how we can improve our character.
We get to tour around the camp facility. Do not expect any creature comfort like aircon or hot shower :p
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.
The three challengers decided unanimously to skip PlayPen, so that future participants will not get any spoiler-alerts :p
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.
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.
We are back today to challenge ourselves again. Bedok Reservoir is actually a very nice park, and we saw a lot of families enjoying the sunny afternoon.
Forest Adventure’s trainers are very professional, but when you are up in the trees, you are on your own keke. Kids suit up their harness and helmet.
It is fun to watch the kids climb up and around gingerly.. watching for the next step or risk falling ooops. Even if you should slip, the harness will secure you in a safe manner.
Kang is always Mr Cool. He is afraid, but his face did not betray his emotion 🙂
Accompanied by parents’ encouraging words, kids strive to overcome their own fears. Parents get a sense of accomplishment, when kids brave their own inhibitions and cross another milestone.
Parents can rest assure, Forest Adventure adhere to strict safety protocols. This is important to prevent any unnecessary incidence.
For the adults’ rehearsal, Red-On is constantly reinforced. It means we MUST always have one point secured to our harness.
More ropes, and even a Tunnel to entertain the kids.
Kids are rewarded with Flying fox (Zip slide) after completing their course. If they finish their course within 60 minutes, they can go for unlimited Zips until the hour is up! Yipee !
NO throwing Stones at Daddy ! (50s)
What can you expect for the adults? Daddy actually thought he had more fun than the kids. Anybody above 1.4m can participate in adult’s Grand course, but kids under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. As you will see later, some of the obstacles require you to
S-t-r-e-t-c-h your legs, and might prove impossible for a 1.4m kid :p
Daddy has a phobia of height, despite standing at 1.8m 🙂
Grand-Course offers Daddy an opportunity to overcome his HeighT phobia.
In addition, Daddy has to walk the talk, by proving that he needs to conquer his inner fears too. After all, Daddy keep telling Wei and Kang “ No Fear, just Do it ! “
If Daddy can do it, the kids will have a good example, however kids do not need to know Daddy’s legs went jelly up there (it is only 4 to 5 storeys high !)
Through 4 Sites, the player build up his confidence. Some obstacles look similar, but we must still exercise caution. The danger is always over-confidence or we forget the safety steps when we are too Tired or Fearful.
Just Remember there must always be ONE secured point on your harness !!
There are four Flying Fox challenge (Zip Slide) for the adults, with one Zip at 200m ! That should be sufficient to cater to all your adrenalin kicks !
Site 2 – Amazon Bridge comes with two lines only? It did not help that the wind was mighty gusty, and swaying Daddy to and fro ! Oh, and the kids are shouting JumpJump !
Daddy would recommend that adults refrain from judging the kids (too much) during the kids’ course, otherwise the kids will taunt you when you are attempting adult’s Grand-course 🙂
Daddy felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of Site 2, as he has conquered his fear of height. Fortunately, Daddy did not lose face infront of the kids :p
Site 3 logos. These logos are our safety instructions.
Did you notice the different colour codes on the logos (Blue, Red, Black etc)? They represent the difficulty levels, Black is the toughest and you have plenty of “Blacks” in Site 2 !!
The Lord-of-the-Ring (Small Stirrups) at Site 3 nearly stopped Daddy. When you are tired, it is quite hard to slot your soles into the rings, and there is always a fear that you will slip …
While Daddy is struggling, the kids entertain themselves downstairs with ice creams and pebbles ! WOW !
At stage 4, you can feel the end is near, and adrenalin is still running high.
The ladder is getting longer, and part of the fun is losing your balance while climbing, swinging the ladders left and right !
“Tarzan Fall” near to the end of Site 4. You actually DROP two seconds, before you swing towards the net. Before you can shout TARZAN, you would have reach the net, Daddy is proud to be spiderman for the kids 🙂
We end Site 4 with another Zip Slide. For those above 1.8m, you can try to kick the branches when you glide overhead. After completing his Grand course, Daddy would find soldier’s OCS chicken feet keke!
If you have fun reading our blog, trust us, your adrenalin will be rewarded when you attend the tree-ventures yourselves ! Sengkang Babies managed to conquer our fears and enjoy some family time together.
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1) Do not bring your precious DSLR up to the trees, it is challenging enough to navigate the course without thinking about how to protect your DSLR. Use a small P&S camera instead (in case you wish to camwhore up in the trees ). ** Your camera will definitely bear some bruises up there !
2) Kids’ course is 1 hour, and adults 2.5 hour. If you are stuck behind someone else, good luck !! Allocate enough carpark coupons.
3) For the parent downstairs, Daddy recommends a 200mm lens to capture the different facial expressions. Set your camera system to spot-metering and multiple-burst for sharper photos. There are a lot of backlight up in the trees, casting the faces into silhouettes.
4) For those experts, maybe you can mount a camera to your helmet, it would be fun to replay our experience.
5) Safety is paramount, always remember Red-On !
Forest adventure has some Easter activities planned for you.
06 to 08Apr – Kids can participate in a massive egg-hunt and stand to win edible chocolates 🙂 We heard a hugh Bunny will be onsite to surprise your kids.
a) Kids Course
For children from 5 years (minimum height 1.1m and maximum height 1.45m). The course has 16 stages including a 67m zip line. Completion time: 1hr. Price: $30.
b) Grand Course
For juniors (minimum height 1.4m) and accompanying parents/adults. The course has 34 obstacles including 4 giant zip lines and takes 2hr30mins to complete. Price: $40 for a junior below 18 and $42 for an adult.
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We would like to take this opportunity to thanks Forest Adventure and Impressions for inviting us to a fun fill afternoon 🙂 Awesome experience !