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Team-building camping for school cadets concludes

Adam Radhi

Monday, March 22, 2010

A FOUR-DAY camping programme for uniformed associations in schools and colleges throughout the country came to an end yesterday.

Some 169 students who are members of six uniformed associations took part in a camping programme designed to nurture the values of tolerance, understanding and spirits of cooperation.

The programme is a joint initiative of the Co-curricular Education Department, Ministry of Education and Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and was held at RBAF Training Centre at Penanjong Camp, Tutong.

The participants were made up of cadets from Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association, Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Brunei Police Force, Red Crescent and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

The activities conducted during the camping mainly focused building self-identity as a team, such as futsal, for the boys and netball for the girls, aerobics and a shooting competition.

The routine for most part of the camp was a day starting at four in the morning, and then congregating for morning prayers, followed by morning exercise.

Other activities included demonstrations and lectures on various topics such as fire safety, basic map reading and weapons training.

According to one of the participants, through the programme, they have gained much knowledge and experience.

He expressed his appreciation for the opportunities to interact and get to know the members of uniform teams from different secondary schools and colleges around the country.

He related that through activities they had learned leadership and administrative skills, as well as had the opportunity to build a better sense of responsibility, friendship and teamwork.

"I would also like to express my gratitude to the organisers for granting us the opportunity in participating in the camp from the beginning until the end. We are proud to have been able to go through the camp," he said.

To mark the last night spent in camp, the cadets enjoyed a night of entertainment, where a presentation of our rich culture was displayed.

According to the organisers, an important part of this camp is that the students put into good use their school holidays with activities designed to develop their self-esteem and personality. The camp was organised in conjunction with the 39th anniversary of the formation of Royal Brunei Armed Forces Military Cadet. It is also as part of the first Pre-Brunei International Cadet Exchange Programme which is planned to be held in March 2011 where the participants are expected to include military cadets from neighbouring countries.

Participating cadets during the closing ceremony of the camping programme held at the RBAF Training Centre in Penanjong Camp, Tutong. Picture: BT/Adam Radhi

-The Brunei Times. March 22nd, 2010

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