Kampung Style Outdoor Activities
Community life at WWSC is fostered mostly in an outdoors environment. From the river games, to the kampong-lympics, to cooking outdoors, campers learn to adapt to nature. The human connection with nature, or lack thereof, shapes a person’s worldview, and his approach to the world, whether he likes it or not. Being in nature allows campers to explore natural order, which gives them an understanding that there is a reality and authority external to themselves.
At WWSC, campers team up in tribes to face a series of challenges throughout the 6 days, whereby the points add up to one tribe winning the WWSC Trophy. Kampong-lympics is one of the outdoor-focused activities which is designed to mimic the Malaysian kampong life, and transport campers to a simpler time and place. Kampong-lympics is meant to re-create the spirit of natural play, which most urban children become desensitized to when they live day-in, day-out in a gadget-saturated society. When disconnected from their digital screens, teenagers learn to become self-aware, observe their surroundings, connect and converse with other human beings.
The kampong-lympic challenges change from year to year, incorporating different aspects of the kampong life, be it catching chickens with bare hands, playing hide and seek in the bushes, climbing trees, or doing commando-like activities. Tribes are forced to use both their brains and their brawn when it comes to winning the challenges and have no choice but to be united to win. The competition also fosters self-confidence and team spirit in youngsters who have never had to work hard for anyone but themselves.
All in all, kampong-lympics is simple, unpretentious and real. For any camper who is willing to give it a go, the lifelong memories and stories will be worth it.