27 Mar 2011


Why on EARTH must we go for the camp?!? Aren't there other alternative methods to this???

Spend two days and one night on Pulau Ubin, completely missing lessons in the process. Walk around in horrible weather conditions(hot and sunny, or wet and stormy), do physically exhausting tasks, set up tents, camp overnight, and build a freaking catapult. And all this for what? Team-building.

Look. There are so many ways we can encourage team-building. There is no need to take it to the level of camping overnight on an island distant from civilisation and advanced technology. A LOT of time is used up, which could have been used for other things which we prefer to do or we should be doing. I myself prefer to just get homework done, NOT miss lessons, still have access to the Internet, and enjoy the comforts of my own living space.

There are easier team-building activities which could be adopted too. Solving riddles, having an Amazing Race-style game within the day, even computer games can accomplish this same objective. Camping not only takes up relatively a lot more time and planning, there is also a higher risk of some kind of loss which could be incurred along the way. Camping in most cases implies a higher risk of injury: scratches, sunburns, bites, sores, blisters, illness etc. You would be less likely to get all these if the activities were less... extreme.

Perhaps camping is in some aspects more interesting in that it offers unique experiences. Perhaps some have never gone camping overnight ever, let alone with classmates. I had that a long time ago, and it wasn't a pleasant experience. It can be arguable that my attitude was already set to negative mode. However so many unfortunate events did happen the last few times I went for a school-organised camp, including nearly losing underwear, being forced to sleep next to a spider, falling sick for various reasons, and getting dunked in a muddy pool of water. Do you think I still enjoy the "joys" of camping?

Well look at the sky now. The clouds are already hanging outside and accumulating still. What a brilliant way to start the camp. I'm sure everything will be more enjoyable when you splosh around the island into the muddy waters while being hammered by millions of raindrops. Not to mention the possibility of at least half of your belongings already getting soggy and soiled before even hitting the campsite. And imagine the campmasters all residing in some cosy headquarters where the rain cannot intrude and cause damage within.

What I secretly hope for is that I fall sick tomorrow causing me to violently fall ill, or that the weather becomes so horrendous that it becomes too dangerous to camp at Pulau Ubin anymore. I hope for the latter, since there is still some form of suffering for the former. But even that suffering can still prevent me from suffering even more out there...