I arrived at school at 6:30am to make sure I was there to welcome the students and their parents. I also had to make sure that my sub plans were in order for the two days I would be missing school (only 3 classes).
Even though we were only going to be gone for a night, the students brought enough luggage to keep them clothed for about 5 days. I brought a backpack, a pillow, and a blanket.
After dividing up the campers into cabin groups, we unloaded all of our items in our respective cabins and met for a 2 hour nature walk. The weather was beautiful. (Hot, but beautiful.) We learned all sorts of things about the trees and natural landscape that is found in Singapore. We also learned how to make soup and rice bowls out of leaves.
Once my group of cabin girls got over their initial reaction of screaming to anything that jumped, flew, walked, or scurried; I was really excited to see them starting to learn about insects and even wanting to hold them. Check out Kate below, photographing a large Stick insect that we found on the hike. Two seconds later she was holding it.
After our hike, we found ourselves in the cafeteria for lunch. It was a massive space serving up local food and surrounded on all sides by monkeys. We ended up using this space as our rain shelter and it's where we held our talent show.
After lunch, I switched groups. I left my cabin girls and joined my activity group. My activity group consisted of both boys and girls and was co-managed by Lachlan Wood, a fourth grade teacher (pictured with the boys below).
Our first activity was a team building workshop. The students worked primarily with our activity guide, pictured above. They played games and learned about one another, enriching their relationships with one another more so than we could have ever hoped for inside a standard classroom. The students named our group (our team), Random People.
Thankfully the rain stopped just as the sun went down. Time for the campfire!
The students were absolutely thrilled with the campfire. I kept wondering how we were going to hold a campfire with 100 kids, but the Dairy Farm staff organized it beautifully. They had the students singing and dancing . . . It was really fun to watch everyone having such a good time!
Back in the cafeteria after the campfire, we ended the night with a talent show and dance party . . . Loved watching all of the kids let loose and go crazy! Check out the flashlight zombies below (or Iron Man, which they would rather be called): Joshua and Sami.
The next morning, I met up with my activity group and we got all belted in and ready for the day's activities. Lots of excitement was about to take place! The students were facing super-big challenges like tight rope walking, zip lining, a ropes course, and rock climbing!
Check out Mallory zip-lining. It was at once hilarious and nerve-wracking to me that the guides would strap the kids in and then just kind of fling them out of the structure and onto the zip-line. I videotaped almost every student, but my heart leapt out of my chest almost every single time they were tossed out onto the line!