Learning through adventure camp in Genting Highlands

Participants enjoying one of the activities during the camp.Participants enjoying one of the activities during the camp.

WITH its pristine environs and cool, crisp air, Genting Highlands is the ideal venue for outdoor recreation.

Last month, 85 youths participated in a self-development and motivation camp entitled “Genting Back to Nature 2015”.

The youths had the opportunity to immerse in recreational activities like jungle trekking and station games to broaden their outlook in various aspects.

The activities started at the Awana Long House, where all participants from Bentong, Raub and Rumah Charis from Kuala Lumpur as well as bloggers gathered for registration and embarked on an Eco Nature Trail covering 1.8km of jungle trekking through the 130 million-year-old rainforest.

The day continued with a launch of the event – a tree planting ceremony by guest-of-honour Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and Resorts World Genting vice president Katherine Chew.

Katherine said the virgin tropical jungle at Awana was home to fascinating insects, rare birds, wild flora and fauna, and was one of the attractions for tourists as its vast track of nature opens up opportunities for nature lovers to go jungle trekking and explore the intriguing flora and fauna surrounding it.

The participants on the 1.8km nature trail trek.The participants on the 1.8km nature trail trek.

“Participants learned jungle survival skills, and developed networking and team building skills so that they can become more self-confident individuals. They learned the importance of recycling and proper waste disposal as well,” added Katherine.

Meanwhile, Chew said everyone had a part to play in conserving the environment.

“As leaders of tomorrow, everyone has a vital role to play in this endeavour. As individuals, one can reduce energy consumption by recycling and reusing paper. I hope this programme will help enhance your understanding and appreciation of the environment and practice the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” she said.

The two-day programme provided youths the opportunity to harness creativity, inventiveness, adaptability, socio-emotional skills, responsibilities and leadership.

The programme also included an educational Eco Talk by Eco Knights programme director Fadly Bakthiar.

Fadly shared ways to reduce consumption and manage waste through 3R – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle techniques on source separation and how wastes could be converted to something useful in our daily lives.

Participants also picked up some jungle survival skills.

Chew planting a tree, witnessed by (from left) Fadly, Awana Hotel, Resorts World Genting general manager Ishak Yunus, and Katherine, during the launch of the camp.Chew planting a tree, witnessed by (from left) Fadly, Awana Hotel, Resorts World Genting general manager Ishak Yunus, and Katherine, during the launch of the camp.

In the evening, there was a fashion show, which highlighted recyclable materials.

The day ended with a Night Jungle Walk.

On the second day, the Hunt for National Treasure was the main highlight. The team-building activity sent home the message of how everyone in a team played an equally important role in ensuring success.

The Hunt for National Treasure took place all over the resort and included fun games such as Star Wars, Bridge Too Far, Giant Slipper Obstacle, Spider Web, Mines Field and Hidden Golf Balls. The last event ended at the Eco Park with a general knowledge question session held at the Telematch Ground.

The group winner for the first prize for Eco Nature Trail received a mini golf bag, Behind the Scenes tour tickets for two for each participant and a hamper.

The second prize group winner received a hamper and Nike caps and likewise, the third prize group winner. There were two consolation prizes comprising hampers.

For the Fashion show winners, the grand prize winner received a Coffee Terrace lunch voucher for two persons and a mini golf bag while the second prize winner received Behind the Scenes tour tickets for two and a Nike cap.

The third prize winner took home Behind the Scenes tour tickets for two and a Nike cap.

-Source: TheStar.com.my

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