Covid-19 has no doubt brought many changes and uncertainties into our lives. It was a year of testing, patience and adapting. With our sunny island as our only grounds to explore, we took the opportunity to make the best out of it. Amidst the safe distancing restrictions and health concerns, we worked our way around it to ensure that the activities are conducted in a safe manner. Here are some of the highlights:
While still adapting to the constant changing guidelines, we had the privilege to organise short orienteering courses for students of various schools. Some students were lucky to be able to experience the course outdoors at Pasir Ris Park. Ensuring that the students did not mingle, we set up checkpoints in designated zones for the students. This allowed them to enjoy themselves in a safe manner. Secondary school students also managed to practice reading azimuth, something they find relevant to what they have studied in school. Being on unfamiliar grounds to some made them more aware of their surroundings as they handled the map.
Still, being restricted to the school grounds was just as exciting for the students of Nanyang Girls’ High School, Raffles Girls School (Secondary) and East Spring Primary School just to name a few. It was an interesting way for them to see how well they know their school grounds and for some, they surprised themselves discovering areas they did not notice before. Being on familiar grounds was a safe way and helped them to focus more on map handling and map reading.
ActiveSG Kids Go Orienteering!
During the school holidays, we held 4-session navigation preparatory courses for kids aged 6 to 11. The kids got to explore our Serangoon, Woodlands and Pasir Ris neighbourhoods while learning the basics of map handling. They also practiced awareness in their surroundings while completing their photo-orienteering activity. For the younger kids, it encouraged them to build confidence in the outdoors as they learned how to approach slopes in a safe manner under the watchful eyes of our instructors.
Are you tough enough?/Kids go explore!
We wanted to encourage kids, especially obese kids to start building a healthy lifestyle from young. To do that, a positive attitude and mindset and loads of fun was needed. Thus we combined hiking and orienteering, allowing kids to explore various prominent places and nature in Singapore. It was an interesting way for them to clock their exercise and through that, they discover the fun of exploring and hiking.
The kids managed to make new friends in a safe space and for parents, it was a good break for their personal time. While exploring, the kids also experience wildlife encounters, an eye-opener for some. At the end of the day, we were contented to see the happy smiles on everyone’s faces.