Also known as RYM Camping Trip…
I organized the camping trip for my church friends at RYM @ SIC just last week i.e. 10th and 11th December. It was RYM’s first ever camping trip and even though it was 2 days 1 night for everyone else, my initial team and I booked the place and stayed one day earlier.
It’s been exactly 10 years since I last went on a camping trip like this. It brought me back memories to my high school days as a boy scout. 🙂 And yes, I camped here in Templers Park as a scout before… surprisingly, not much changes even after a decade!
Being the camp master, I did a lot of planning – including Plan Bs and emergencies – and went on a shopping spree for items. I felt less confident initially since it was ages I’ve been out of touch with scouting / camping. My cooking skills is nearly non-existent too!
Thankfully, there were other more experienced people in the group who could help with the fire pit and cooking. 🙂 That left me to focus on running the activities for the group of 17.
Arriving a day earlier, some of us set up the tents and chopped firewood and bamboos in preparation for the coming days.
There was a group of hedgehog hunters that arrived hours later and initially, we feared they would interfere with our program. Fortunately, they were really nice people and matter of fact we owe a bunch of thanks to their help and generosity. They helped us set up some gadgets and being very experienced with the jungle, they gave us priceless survival advice!
For me, it was 3 days 2 nights of being disconnected from the outside world and civilization! That’s right – no Internet. No computers. And no reception.
Since the jungle is deep, I got us a couple of walkie talkies to communicate while within the jungle.
The camping trip was more relaxed and I deliberately planned for a loose, less rigid schedule. I mean, I’ve already punked so many people into thinking the walking journey from entrance to camp site is 25 minutes… when in actual fact it is 45 minutes long. 😛
Ironically I found the abundance of time observing others curiously. I don’t remember going people-looking for that long. Probably because I was stuck in the middle of nowhere with them. Haha!
When you are in the middle of nowhere, the luxury of modern technology is taken away from you and the comfort of a cozy bed gone, you cannot help but wonder how people lived just simply hundreds of years ago!
I also remember that things used to be harsher and less forgiving when I was a scout. But I stuck it through. Now? I work half as hard than I used to but I was already easily lethargic. I think it must be age, haha!
Since it’s coming to year end, it was a great opportunity for me to pause and reflect on all the past events.
This year throughout…
How a chain of events and circumstances shaped me to become who I am today…
And of course, reminiscing my days as a scout 🙂
To think that just one and a half months ago, I was busy preparing this camping trip for the youth group while juggling my travels. Now everything seemed so worth it. I know it, when I saw everyone’s smile on their faces. 🙂