The staff took the initiative to organise this camp in for the older boys. This was to give the boys an opportunity to be with their friends for a night away from the parents. This was a first for all of them. Their parents were very anxious but were willing to give it a try. One of the boy’s mother was especially grateful that her son was given the chance for this experience.
The boys had an enjoyable time with all the activities lined up for them. The theme of the camp-in was ‘RESPECT’. Lessons were taught in teaching them to respect others; parents, elders, teachers, friends, etc. Apart from that they had to cook pasta for their dinner, made pancakes for their breakfast, made cookies. They played games in the backyard and did art and craft. They had so much fun and one of the boys even asked to stay another night!
2 of the autistic boys, who finds it hard to accept certain textures of food were really challenged during meal times but they managed to eat up their food after their teacher turned it into a challenge between all the boys.
All in all, we had a good insight on how the boys managed themselves and their own belongings. These insights helped us how to advice the parents on their child’s needs, weaknesses and strengths.
Kudos to the staff for working so hard in organising this camp. It was very tiring, especially after a sleepless night, checking in on the students, (one of them was crying for his parents from 3 am onwards till 5 am. He only quietened down after being threatened to send him downstairs to sleep alone. Despite it all, the staff felt that it was well worth the effort.