NUS Scholar Development Camp 2011 was an initiative by the Office of Admission to provide NUS scholars with a holistic experience. It was a 3D2N camp held at Kota Rainforest Resort from 12 July to 14 July 2011.Three of our student facilitators, namely Jaslin, Quynh and Zihui, have volunteered to help out in this camp, along with some staffs of OSA.
On 12 July morning, 40 NUS scholars, the 3 student facilitators and some NUS staffs gathered at the sport complex and set off for Kota Rainforest Resort in chartered buses. When they finally arrived at Kota Rainforest Resort, the NUS scholars attended an interesting and engaging presentation on the seven habits of highly effective people conducted by our Terence. Games were played during the presentation to illustrate the seven habits and the student facilitators helped to facilitate them. For examples, “Trapped” was played to illustrate the point of being proactive, where the scholars had to struggle to get untangled from their partner, and, “Draw” was played to illustrate the point of understanding and getting understood, where one scholar had to describe an object to another scholar for it to be drawn out.
Besides the presentation, the scholars also played some wet games and an amazing race. In the midst of the fun and excitement, the scholars did not forget to apply the seven habits presented earlier on to accomplish their objectives, making the experience even more rewarding. The finale for the amazing race, which was the raft building, actually required the three different teams to pool together their resources. The scholars practiced thinking win-win and resolved the predicament in no time.
During the activities, the student facilitators played an important role in helping the scholars identify areas for improvement in their team dynamic and guided each team towards setting up ground rules.
The camp finally ended after three days and two nights, the scholars sat down for a short final debrief and a slideshow of photos taken during the camp was played. After which, the group headed to Tebrau city for a short R & R before returning to Singapore. During the camp, the scholars learned about the seven habits of highly effective people, had lots of fun and made many new friends. The student facilitators also managed to earn facilitation experiences and gain new insights from their interactions with the scholars.