Families participate in unique virtual camp amid COVID-19 pandemic

Kids participating in Camp-V, a unique virtual overnight camp for Singapore families.
Kids participating in Camp-V, a unique virtual overnight camp for Singapore families. (PHOTO: Character and Leadership Academy)

SINGAPORE — Over 60 families took part in a unique virtual overnight camp from Friday (13 November) evening to Saturday afternoon.

Camp-V, the first in a series of free “e-camps” organised by Character and Leadership Academy (CLA), saw participants pitching tents, playing games and enjoying a virtual campfire.

The event was conducted through Zoom video conferencing, and was aimed at bringing families from different socio-economic backgrounds together, by bringing outdoor elements into the household setting.

To prepare participants for the virtual camp, 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.

“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, who was 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.”

A book titled “The Maker’s Space” was also launched during the camp. Written by 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.

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