Organizing a taekwondo camp is not an easy task especially if it’s one where the members would crave for more after they have attended the first. To get these results, a lot of planning and effort have to be put in weeks before the event. And you need to inject in the camp some elements of adventure, mystery or anything that can cause them to experience an intense feeling or sensation like a sudden pleasurable sensation of fright or excitement.
The highlight of the camp was a game call ‘Commando Crossings’. Here, the team captain has to organize his group to transport a ‘seriously injured’ member across dangerous terrains where enemies are lurking to ambush them. The team has to go through a ‘long and narrow tunnel’ and ‘caves’ only to meet the enemies at the end. The captain’s priority is to get his team safely home. Bonus marks will be given on how they protect each other and also the injured friend and help him/her across to safety.
These are part of the memo given to the captain:
Objectives of the game:
1. To work as a team in overcoming obstacles on the way home.
2. To keep in mind the safety of each member of your team all the time and not yours alone.
3. To see how you reach out to help the ‘helpless or defenseless’ member in your team.
Materials provided for the game:
1. A short piece of rope
2. A piece of cloth as a stretcher to transport your ‘injured’ friend
3. Weapons for your defense – water rifle, water pistol and water bomb.
I noticed one thing though, nobody wants to be the ‘injured person’. The one chosen by the captain as the ‘injured person’ somehow in the excitement of the game also ‘get up’ and start shooting the enemies (something he/she is not supposed to do).
It gives us much pleasure to see everyone of them screaming with excitement and enjoying themselves. As I observe, to me the most beautiful thing that day was as they were enjoying themelves, they were also learning to work as a team, helping and working with each other throughout the camp. What a beautiful sight to behold!