It’s my 7th year in MINDS but it’s actually my very first time to join their camp! Okay reason being, when I first joined, Yinning mentioned that the volunteers gotta shower the residents during the camps, and I wasn’t comfortable doing so, that’s why I had been avoiding it.
It’s only this year that I confessed and voiced out my concern that I got to know that we actually didn’t have to! Most residents can do it on their own and only a few will need help, but I don’t have to do it if I’m not comfortable with it!
Yea so to make it up for my absence for the past years, I had tried to contribute as much as possible to the camp. Found sponsor for our dinner, planned some activities, helped out as the food team and etc. I was actually never really free at all! Which explains why I did not have time to take photos of many parts~
The first activity at Fernvale was of course for the superheroes to identify their Superhero group and make their identifiers – wrist bands with respective superhero logo!
Missed part of the programme of PIC 1 because it was soon time for me to go get lunch with the rest of the food team~ We had like 60 over packs of lunch to buy! On top of that, we had to take note of food requests like Halal, vegetarian, allergies and etc~
After lunch, it was time for PIC 2 to take over the programme and instead of holding the activities at Fernvale, they had decided to get the residents out to Punggol Waterway! So we hold the heavy responsibilities of bringing the residents to take LRTs and MRT; had to like change to 3 different trains before we could finally reach the place @.@
But I guess we all preferred to have stayed in the trains the moment we stepped out… Cause it was scorching HOTTTTTTTTTT out there!!! The kind of heat that you can really get a heatstroke!
I seldom see rainbows because like what Ping would say, I am just not an observant person~ So I am extra happy to not only spot 1 but 2 at the same time! Such a beautiful one some more!!! Genuinely hope that that’s a sign that next year’s gonna be a really good one for me (((((:
Went back earlier with the other PIC 3 members because we had to take over the programmes after dinner and there were lots of stuff to prepare. My energy was definitely running low due to 4 hours of sleep and all the walking under the hot sun, but I had to keep going because it’s not even our programme yet!
Had to prepare our individual station games, set up the Christmas tree, prepare for lucky draw, prepare the costumes and etc and etc! Basically running around and up and down the stairs the whole time~ My legs were seriously 酸 at the end of the day! Hahaha!
As a result of the preparation, I couldn’t help out the food team for the dinner and also missed out on thanking the super kind boss of Kao Gong Fu personally for the sponsorship! The skinny guy with specs on the left is the kind boss – Mr Tan, who readily agreed on sponsoring us when I first approached him
What I missed out more was that they actually prepared this HUGE bag of goodie bags specially for the residents! I didn’t know about it at all because I was too busy to check on my Whatsapp, but when I saw this huge bag in the canteen, I told the volunteers “I wanna cry already!” I am really so touched by their kindness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really don’t know how I can thank them and even though we had patronised once, I still think it’s not enough!!! So I can only use my humble blog to spread some words that if any of you is looking for a place for gatherings or dinner, do support Kao Gong Fu 烤功夫 at Bugis! Their food are really nice by the way!!!
So moving on the our programme, I had to use the dinner time to brief my 2 station helpers and the individual group leaders for the programmes later because our PIC head aka group leader is not here! Then there were last minute hiccup to take care of like we didn’t expect the playground area to be so dark at night and we had to light up tea lights at the very last minute x.x
But eventually, everything still went pretty well and I’m thankful that I got 2 helpers from PIC4 to help me run my 2 stations, if not I would be still busy running around! Now I only have to take care of 1 station which is also my first – Superheroes Code!
Inspired by our Freeing SG trip, I think my games are a bit more intellectual, testing them on their identifying skill, forming puzzle skill and Mathematics skill! Basically they had to decode my first puzzle to get the answer to their next location, then piece out a jigsaw puzzle there which reveals the last location, where they gotta solve some simple Math questions to unlock the padlock for their “treasure” – their superhero costumes! 😀
Then had to rush up to the hall again to prepare for the fashion parade! (I can’t post Superman because they do not have masks and we are not allowed to reveal the residents’ faces.)
After the parade, it was time to prepare for lucky draw! It’s actually for us to give the residents’ their individual Christmas present but we just made it into like a lucky draw this year 😀
And last but not least, it was the residents’ long-awaited disco night!!! They loveeeee this part because they totally love to dance! I also love this part because this is when I finally got to sit down and rest!!! LOL.
Then finally, it was the end of the night, which means end of PIC 3 programmes! I did not stay overnight because I was way too tired. But I suddenly felt a huge relief like an important task has finally been accomplished! I think it’s because I had been worrying and also busy preparing for the programmes and now that it’s over, I felt that I could finally rest my mind and body~ But of course I had fun throughout this whole journey and was happy that I joined this time! ((: