Posted on 18-May-2014
On 27th March, the first day of camp, the atmosphere around the BB members and the St. Mary’s girls were a bit hectic and awkward as for the first time in our band camp’s history, there were more girls than boys involved. Furthermore, the external members were from a girl school. Each of the campers were then separated into 6 groups and given a roll of toilet paper. The game master (who was me – the author), instructed them to take the amount of tissues they would have needed for toilet. After that, I told them that the amount of tissue that they took was actually the amount of things that they will need to describe about themselves. Everyone
gave out a loud “What!”. Despite the exclamation, they willingly proceeded on with the task.
Sometimes, people may need to relax and chill a little while, but at the wrong place and time, consequences await! The next day begun with a morning exercise. It all went well until someone decided to play catch while everyone was jogging on the field. At first, we thought there was nothing wrong until one of our officers stopped the whole jog and gathered us in our groups. We were then questioned of our lack of discipline in front of new campers. It was a shameful experience, though I am positive that every member would carved it deeply in their minds that being mischievous is not going to help anyone, but will only bring trouble.
Being a part of band camp also taught me a few new tips in communication. Usually, being in a Boy's Brigade camp meant being active and fun, but band camp with other friends from a totally different background changes the whole way we interact. Sometimes, others could not find ways to blend into the group. This is due to the fact that we are too engrossed getting into our own “clicks” of friends and do not even try to mix with a different bunch. I notice this in camp and did my best, taking the first step in joining our guest during meal times and to my surprise, they are not so different after all. They are like us, a bunch of crazy friends hanging out with each other while having the same types of conversation that we have usually. Therefore, the saying goes, do not judge a book by its cover is very true as God made each one of us special in our own way, though we may not notice it on the external, but slowly and gradually, you will find that we all have something in common.
Basically, this three days and two nights of band camp made me reflect and realise a multiple of things. Although there are ups and downs, but I believe each of the campers did enjoy themselves. This picture would show how all of us did during the concert.