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Families attend e-camp complete with virtual campfire

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Camping goes virtual for a group of children last Friday, Nov 13.

Over 60 families took part in Camp-V, an overnight virtual family camp organised by the Character and Leadership Academy (CLA), where participants pitched tents, played games and even enjoyed a virtual campfire.

Conducted via Zoom video conferencing, Camp-V is the first in a series of e-camps aimed to bring families from different socio-economic backgrounds together through various  activities and by bringing outdoor elements into the household setting. 

Each family was given a camp kit, sponsored by sports and outdoor apparel and equipment company, Next Factor. The kit comprised of a  four-man tent, ready-to-eat meals, flint, catapult-making materials, paint, buff, a 20-litre waterproof dry bag and traditional heritage games. 

Said Mdm Siti Alina Talib, 40: “My family loves the outdoors, so when we learnt about Camp-V we registered immediately.

"The kids enjoyed themselves very much,  and I was happy to be able to have this time to bond as a family."

A book entitled The Maker’s Space was also be launched during the camp.

Written by PAP Community Foundation pre-school teacher Esther Mae Lee, the book aims to improve the creativity of pre-school children by using an inquiry-based thinking process technique called  Scamper to recreate and invent new ways to solve daily issues. 

"Virtual programmes are becoming the new norm, and I am happy that we are adapting our livelihood to embrace it," said Chua Chu Kang MP Don Wee, the guest-of-honour at the e-camp.

“I hope Camp-V widens our perspective on what we can do with the new tools we have, especially to keep our families closely knit.”