CampTeen 2015 “Common S_P_A_C_E”
Organised by OnePeople.sg as an annual event, CampTeen 2015 saw a participation of more than 200 students from 27 schools — International Schools, Madrasahs and Integrated Programme Schools. Students of diverse ethnicity and religion came together and experienced an exhilarating 4-day camp at the Singapore Discovery Centre.
Campers were intentionally grouped to encourage interaction and integration—new friendships forged. According to the feedback, 65.7% of the campers said that they have made 16 or more friends of a different culture.
“I’ve learnt to interact, accept and merge together with my fellow camper without judgement.”
– Charmailt Ng, 14, Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School
The focus of the camp is to cultivate leadership skills and enhance multi-cultural knowledge. This was achieved through engaging activities such as the night confidence trail; various cultural games and cultural sites visit of different faith. Through this, campers were empowered to influence and share with their peers back in their respective schools.
Even in an unstructured environment, campers tried to assimilate new concepts. For instance, many non-Muslim campers noticed that their Muslim groupmates were missing at certain times of the day. Muslims have to pray 5 times every day according to the principles of Islam. Yet, the non-Muslim campers only knew about such commitment; they were inclined to ask questions.
CampTeen 2015, #CommonS_P_A_C_E, indeed provided a platform for campers to understand the importance of living harmoniously together — regardless of race, religion and background.
“I have had a great journey through which I learnt so much, and made amazing relationships with wonderful new people. ”
– Palak Agarwal. 15, Global Indian International School